question about your video setup
Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:02 PM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:23 PM
Why can't you run a few wires inside to your house and view from the comfort of inside? Its not that expensive or much trouble to get a few USB repeater cables a hub and svideo or composite cable...
Posted 22 October 2013 - 08:07 PM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 09:15 PM
I'm running my scope remotely from my house without running any extra or long wires using something called "TeamViewer". It's a free program that allows you to control a computer remotely from another computer via the Internet. Check it out - I've loved it so far. (Of course, you need to have both computers on Internet access, but it may be what you are looking for.)
Now the question: let's say you do get a remote setup working, how is this going to work for you without goto or tracking? Maybe I'm not understanding what you are trying to do, but if you point your Intelliscope at a certain target, by the time you go inside to view the live video, it will have drifted through the field.
Posted 22 October 2013 - 09:36 PM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:41 PM
Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:04 AM
Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:36 AM
Forget it. Without tracking, your barely acceptable exposures will top out at a few seconds.
Very true. I was recently amazed at how quick you can get pretty significant star trails. I was setting up my Orion autoguider the other night, and had the finder/cam not attached to a scope, just on my deck and pointing at the zenith. I had the exposure time set to 2 seconds, and the stars were most definitely not points - they were little dashes.
I will say, however, that one exception to "there must be tracking" could be video of the moon. I've seen on NSN where someone has an un-driven dob, and they just let the moon drift through the field (kind of cool). Maybe this could work for some of the planets as well? I'm sure you wouldn't be able to get a lot of detail, but perhaps something.
Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:55 AM