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#26 Tel

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

Hi phpnbr,

Reflecting only on your question relating to the merits of the various planetary imagers you have mentioned in your above post, I make the following comments according to what I believe to be true and relevant.

1) In the first instance, each one of these "cameras" depends on free and freely available variations of software in order to function. Such software is fully available and compatible on several Windows Microsoft versions, (e.g. XP, Vista and "7"), but I am not sure whether all if any are available and compatible with Mac, which appears to be used far more extensively in the US than in Europe.

2) The Philips SPC900NC and the Celestron Neximage used the same, CCD chip. The Philips unit was however always traditionally cheaper, arguably imaged better and was certainly better value for money. I use the past tense because both of these cameras are now obsolete; the Neximage having been replaced by the new, and significantly more expensive Neximage 5.

The Philips unit is however potentially available, (currently out of stock), as the SPC880NC, flash upgradeable to the SPC900NC from Morgan's Computers in the UK, (but perhaps many other sources), and is supplied as an economically priced bundle which includes the necessary 'scope "nose-piece" adapter and Infra Red filter.

See:

http://www.morgancom...-flashed-SPC...

3) The Orion Star Shooter Planetary camera contains a CMOS chip; arguably less sensitive than a CCD (?)

4) The Meade LPI is the least recommendable due to the fact that it has a very low frame rate.

As mentioned, I believe these comments I have made to be true. I, of course, welcome confirmation or correction and any additions others might care to make.

Best regards,
Tel

#27 Arthur Dent

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:08 PM

Hi phpnbr,

The Philips unit is however potentially available, (currently out of stock), as the SPC880NC, flash upgradeable to the SPC900NC from Morgan's Computers in the UK, (but perhaps many other sources), and is supplied as an economically priced bundle which includes the necessary 'scope "nose-piece" adapter and Infra Red filter.

See:

http://www.morgancom...-flashed-SPC...

As mentioned, I believe these comments I have made to be true. I, of course, welcome confirmation or correction and any additions others might care to make.

Best regards,
Tel

Hi folks

Morgan Computers do not have any more SPC880/900 webcams and, as these are obsolete and Morgans specialise in dropped stock or end-of-line items, I can't see them coming back into stock. They've not had any for about the last 3-6 months that I know of - maybe longer.

There's an SPC880 white box available in the UK through Amazon Marketplace for an astonishing £125.50 (1 left in stock): SPC880 from Gadget Utopia or from an eBay seller for £116 + £6 shipping within the UK (2 available): SPC900 from eBay UK

Regards,

Art (the original!)






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