Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:21 PM
Thank you everyone for your suggestions and thank you Dwight for chatting with me last night on NSN. If the difference between class 0 and class 1 is on the Mallincam sites, I missed it. Anyway it seems that class 0 might not be worth it, but I am open to further suggestions.
Filters seem to be a controversial topic. However, there is support for some specific filters, and I’ve seen some used on NSN that appeared effective. I will come back to the subject later.
I looked at the comparison chart on Jack’s site and it was helpful.
Right now, I have an ultimately simple camera control—push buttons on the camera. I have a small display, but I generally use a laptop and USB frame grabber attached to the mount. Image quality takes a hit, but I like the convenience being able to move indoors and use one long USB cable to control the mount and carry the image. Are there any problems with connecting the Mallincam via a serial/USB adapter (other than problems with the number of devices that I can connect to a long active USB cable run)?
I think that I do want full PC control so the Extreme seems like the better choice, I do not expect to take the camera to the field.
I still am uncertain about the X2 version. If in fact the real distinction is extra cooling for warm nights, I might not need that. We do get the occasional shorts and T-shirts, jump in the pool at midnight weather, but generally the summer marine layer moves in by 12PM and temperatures (and visibility) drop rapidly. If the cooling and other changes make for a discernable improvement in the image, particularly with the EXview HAD option, then hey, its only money (sweat of brow, years of toil, 1 day in a better nursing home).
The comment about less saturated color with the EXview HAD is not clear to me. Does it mean that the colors are marginally dimmer or washed out compared to the standard sensor? Can any comparison be made with the EXview HAD II type-1/3" ICX672AKA in the LN-300 I am using now?
If the EXview HAD chip performs, better under suburban sky that seems a good trade off for color saturation.
Based on what I understand so far, the best choice seems to be the Extreme 2 with the EXview HAD option, with the VSS+ a close second.
Are there any must have accessories?
Maurice, I don’t know quite what to make of your fine Lodestar images in terms of the Loadstar-C as an alternative to the Mallincam. I looked at your Spring Compilation and if it was contest with my SCB-2000 or LN-300 some of yours were definitely better and some M1 for example, were not. On the other hand, your images don’t show the odd black ringed or rectangular stars that show up in some video frame grabs.
Travis, Dwight, Mark, Kasey. and Maurice I appreciate your help and any addition advice or information you can give me. Jack I am about ready to email you.