Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Equipment Discussions >> Electronically Assisted Astronomy

Pages: 1
orionn1
super member
*****

Reged: 12/18/12

simple webcam setup ?
      #5666113 - 02/06/13 10:02 PM

Hello, not looking for anything serious which is probably might firs problem, Once I get hook will probably keep upgrading and upgrading lol.
However what is a simple webcam setup?
thanks


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
ccs_hello
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 07/03/04

Re: simple webcam setup ? new [Re: orionn1]
      #5666159 - 02/06/13 10:30 PM

Very high percentage of webcams (which by definition, is using USB or Firewire interface to communicate with a PC) have the following weaknesses:
1. cannot do long exposure (e.g., max. sub-one second) without mod such as SC1
2. do not have high enough gain
3. nowadays, more and more webcams are using tiny CMOS sensor with super-fine pixel pitch

With all of these, they are more suited for solar system imaging.

BTW, this thread is better fit in beginning imaging subforum. You'll get more feedback there.

Clear Skies!

ccs_hello


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: simple webcam setup ? new [Re: ccs_hello]
      #5667010 - 02/07/13 12:31 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I've used several simple webcam setups over the years and they can be a lot of inexpensive fun. They work great on bright targets like the moon and planets and depending on the specific camera they can do reasonably well on stellar objects. I've used mine for double stars and watching lunar occultations, which is kinda neat. This is a great way to learn basic skills like locating objects using a small camera, focusing, and getting your basic gear setup. In my case I learned how to control everything from inside my house which is sooooo nice.

This is one of my old webcams; a Phillips SPC900NC repackaged in a Radioshack kit box. I still use this camera as an e-Finder to help me point my high resolution imaging scope.

Have fun!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1


Extra information
8 registered and 10 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  droid, David Pavlich, JayinUT 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 437

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics