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James Cunningham
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: jambi99]
      #5331595 - 07/23/12 03:57 PM

Finally got the right camera with x1024. Hated to heat the IR filter but could find no other way to get it off. I worry that all that heat will damage the chip.

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Hemmi
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #5331641 - 07/23/12 04:22 PM

Great, now get us some pics of the sky..I wish I could but it has been cloudy and humid for 2 weeks now

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James Cunningham
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: Hemmi]
      #5331650 - 07/23/12 04:26 PM

Its been that way too here on the East Coast. Tomorrow is supposed to be better so I will see.

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mpgxsvcd
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Reged: 12/21/11

Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: Hemmi]
      #5331717 - 07/23/12 04:53 PM

It wasn't cloudy last night. It was very humid though. Actually transparency was surprisingly good last night as long as the scope didn't dew up.

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James Cunningham
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #5331837 - 07/23/12 06:06 PM

It may not have been cloudy in North Carolina but it was cloudy in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay. But yes, it was a lot of dew too.

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John59
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Reged: 11/06/11

Loc: Round Rock,TX
Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #5332047 - 07/23/12 08:35 PM

The smaller version I ordered came in today. Initial hook up for 1024 verification and to understnad the menu has gone very well. The menu is fairly straight forward and if it remains clear I should get sone screen captures tonight. I will be using my XT12G Dob. I'll post the results most likely tomorrow.

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James Cunningham
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: John59]
      #5332066 - 07/23/12 08:45 PM

How did you get the IR filter off? We are looking forward to your images. Its cloudy again here tonight.

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John59
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #5332093 - 07/23/12 09:02 PM

I have not removed the IR filter yet. I will probaly have to wait until the weekend when I can take my time with it. Tonight I just want to see its ability as compared to my Samsung SCB-2000

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James Cunningham
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: John59]
      #5332106 - 07/23/12 09:07 PM

I have both cameras too so I am really interested in your comparison images.

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John59
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #5332389 - 07/24/12 12:19 AM

First light with the minicamera was very good in the end. Learning the setup is a challenge and very different from the SCB-2000. After several attempts on M57 I finally started to get good color response. However that commercial IR filter has got to go! The menu is a bit much to have to wade through but once the important stuff is figured out, it goes pretty swiftly. I only had the time to work on M57 and M56 but I am very satisfied with this and it is a keeper. It is much more sensitive than the SCB-2000, but much more difficult to operate. This camera is also only operated by the button pad on the rear of the camera. This camera is very small and the inside button next to the video BNC out is a tight fit to reach. This is however the only complaint I have of this camera. I will post the snapshots I took tonight tomorrow. These will be just that, snapshots, not stacked post processed.

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James Cunningham
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: John59]
      #5332614 - 07/24/12 07:24 AM

Let us know what your settings for the best shots.

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Hemmi
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #5332782 - 07/24/12 09:50 AM

Can't wait to see the images, and settings used

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mpgxsvcd
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: Hemmi]
      #5333068 - 07/24/12 01:00 PM

Quote:

Can't wait to see the images, and settings used




Knock on Wood. However, tomorrow night is starting to look a lot better than any other night has this month. Are you going to do any observing this week before the moon puts a damper on things later in the week?


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Hemmi
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #5333146 - 07/24/12 01:48 PM

Prob not, traveling the rest of the week. weekends are it for me for awhile. Just hoping for a good weekend soon

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mpgxsvcd
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: Hemmi]
      #5333430 - 07/24/12 04:40 PM

Quote:

Prob not, traveling the rest of the week. weekends are it for me for awhile. Just hoping for a good weekend soon




Sorry to hear that.

Need to hope for a good "Moonless" weekend. I think the moon will be out throughout this weekend.


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jambi99
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #5333736 - 07/24/12 08:01 PM

Cool, hopefully I'll have mine this week.

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John59
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #5334019 - 07/24/12 11:53 PM Attachment (152 downloads)

Well got the pesky IR filter off and yes it takes heat. however I used a hot air gun used in applying heat srink and it popped off very cleanly. I also tried it out tonight after removing the filter so I have before and after photo of M57 using the same telescope and site.
After getting the filter off the setup changed concerning the the ability to get color. Still need to do a lot of tweaking but the snapshots show a lot of promise. Taken through my 12 inch Goto Dob. I did have to use a WideBand imaging filter due to the light pollution in my area.
Here is the snapshot before removing the IR filter. Focus is soft but I was in a bit of a rush to not be out to late during the work week.


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John59
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 new [Re: John59]
      #5334027 - 07/24/12 11:58 PM Attachment (170 downloads)

Here it is with IR filter removed. There is still a lot of adjustments to make to clean it up and get the color better balanced. The camera does show Promise. If the weather stays clear I should get some good quality time with it this weekend. Remember this is the mini-camera version and not the original that started this topic. The sensor is the same and the menu is also.

Edited by John59 (07/25/12 12:14 AM)


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jambi99
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 [Re: John59]
      #5334063 - 07/25/12 12:39 AM

Great ! Thanks John. Did you process the image ? It look pretty clean to me. Is this 1024 x?

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John59
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Re: 17 sec (x1024) Camera Sony 960h Exview HAD CCD2 [Re: jambi99]
      #5334073 - 07/25/12 12:48 AM

No processing of any kind. Single snapshot of the screen. Yes it is X1024. There are other settings that will make the image much brighter. Some to the point of blowing out the ring. I see a lot of potential for this camera.

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