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#1 mattflastro

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:56 AM

Here's the new toy fresh off the mill .
Imaging tests to follow.

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#2 mclewis1

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

Matt, Neat little camera.

Interesting packaging for a low volume/DIY setup.
Comp/SVBS and S-Video, plus an 8pin DIN for remote/control.
Cute too.

Any specs on the electronics?
Is the CCD cover clear or does it have IR cut characteristics?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

Nice!!

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

Very nice!! I'm looking forward to hearing how it works in the field and seeing some screenshots!!

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

The body appears to be 're-purposed' from some formerly existing accessory or adapter, or some such.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

No more pictures and info?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

Matt's probably too busy because he's out using that neat little camera. :grin:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

Matt's probably too busy because he's out using that neat little camera. :grin:

You are right, I've been busy testing the camera and doing some final tweaks .
It shows real promise so far, much more sensitive and less noise than the Lntech .
The only thing that I still need to do is adjust some of the CCD timing and voltage parameters for lowest noise. While it's very low as it is now, I know it hasn't been fully optimised and can do even better.
The adjustment itself is easy , just some firmware constants to change .
I was looking for some dark frames from other cameras for comparison , such as Lodestar , Mallincam , Samsung etc. Without some reference for comparison, I don't know when to stop looking for more tweaks .
Despite the large number of actual images I found on the web, I couldn't find dark frames from any of the good video cams the way I need them, 17 to 20 sec exposure at maximum gain .For cameras with Peltier cooling, both with cooling on and off would help.
Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
I'll post some images and results withing the next few days.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:21 AM

Is this a personal project, a product you're developing, or one you're testing for someone?

#10 mattflastro

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:04 AM

Is this a personal project, a product you're developing, or one you're testing for someone?

my own creation , not testing anything for anyone else.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

Cool! Do please keep us apprised of all developments.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:18 PM

Any new developments - like some screen grabs?

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:28 PM

I guess not.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:00 PM

I guess not.


The regulars can poke fun at Mattflastro all they want. The irony of it is that his device represents the direction video astronomy is going. A simple little electronic eyepiece. Eventually that's what the astro video cameras will look like.

The real ones will likely just have some sort of IP connector or be totally wireless. Can't imagine the need for composite or S-Video. The old analog monitors will have all been chewed up by the recyclers by then.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:42 PM

Well for poor ole Matt I can say this: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:34 AM

Well for poor ole Matt I can say this: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".


Dwight,

Your last two posts to this thread were uncalled for. I suggest you read and apply the TOS this Site has. I will quote this part for you:

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

Gee, thanks David. As a self-appointed moderator your presence on some of Matt's posts was conspicuously absent. I ascribe to a live and let live philosophy which is difficult to maintain on this forum. It is tiresome when almost any time a Mallincam is mentioned the usual suspects are quick to jump all over it. Guess the best approach is to look for evidence to back up their claims. Kinda tough tho since several of the pundits don't even have cameras and/or don't post any images. Time to flee to the Yahoo group along with the other refugees from this forum.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

I definitely would like to see some samples from this project Matt has going. I don't always agree with his statements but I definitely have an open mind to any new ideas.

I really like the idea behind this and since I couldn't do what he is doing on my own I am all ears for whatever he has to say on this topic.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:44 PM

Your last two posts to this thread were uncalled for. I suggest you read and apply the TOS this Site has. I will quote this part for you:

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

I do not think it is quelling communications when you ask members not to name call. I think it is fairly easy to get a point across without name calling.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

I have not detected name-calling here. Like Dwight, It strains my patience to be introduced to a potentially interesting project, only to encounter prolonged silence thereafter. A word or two from the OP would be appreciated, from time to time. Or if a cessation has ensued, then let us know so that the thread can die.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

Sorry, I thought the TOS section he was quoting was about name calling, my bad...

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:49 PM

I do not think it is quelling communications when you ask members not to name call. I think it is fairly easy to get a point across without name calling.

Tony


When will the TOS Thumpers realize that they are more annoying than ALL the trolls and name callers combined.

You point out the name calling. I'll point out where this sort of behavior belongs.

http://pbskids.org/rogers/

#24 mattflastro

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:43 PM

Here are prototypes #2 and #3 of the camera.
#2 has manual gain control and a frame freeze button on the digital remote . Also a rs485 connection on the remote for computer control .
#3 is longer exposure and Peltier cooled. More info to come about both cams and their remotes when I receive the PCB's .

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#25 mattflastro

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:44 PM

small cam with rs485 remote

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