camera control preferences
Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:50 PM
A. On camera push button control.
B. Hard wired control with hand paddle.
C. Hard wired control with computer interface.
D. Wireless control with hand paddle.
E. Wireless control with computer interface.
My Choice would be B. That is the way the Stellacam is operated. My first astrovideo camera was a Mintron (SAC) which came with a hand paddle included in the $500 camera price. It worked just fine. I gather that B is also an option on the gstar cameras. I would certainly like a wireless paddle but my chevvy instincts probably wouldn't appreciate the price.
I do a lot of outreach and I would not like to have to include a computer in my portable setup.
What's your preference?
Posted 28 December 2007 - 07:56 PM
Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:23 PM
I won't buy another one until there is an improved upgraded chip or feature model available.
Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:37 PM
Posted 28 December 2007 - 09:32 PM
Having played with a prototype wireless MallinCam, I would say that for the large Dob owners it will be very desireable. I spent several nights climbing the 5 steps to tweak the camera on Mike Harvey's 28" and would have prefered being able to make adjustments on the ground. However, for use with my 17.5" Dob, CPC 1100 and C-8, I don't mind the buttons on the camera. I am not one to make adjustments to the menu with every object and it rarely gets cold enough here in the Deep South to require the use of gloves. Wearing them could definitely affect ones ability to adjust the 5 menu buttons on the MallinCam
Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:24 PM
NY can get cold. I have been out in freezing cold temps with the MallinCam. I wear very thin gloves (like a liner) with small rubber grips on the finger tips so I can handle EPs and the focuser with the glove liner on but I have to take them off to make menu setting changes on the camera. My hands shake in the cold, without gloves, and getting on those small buttons can be tough.
Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:39 PM
I can certainly see that a big dob really needs a remote. Wouldn't a hard wired paddle work as well? If you need a power cable and a signal cable, it's hard to see the need to go to an exotic solution to a simple problem in order to reduce the cable count from three to two. Is the link directional?
I do a lot of outreach events and I like to show a wide range of targets. That means a lot of adjustments for Neb, faint Gxys, globs. And even though I'm in Az, at a mile above sea level, it gets finger numbingly cold.
Well, everyone has their own preferences / needs.
The camera is such a wonderful addition to the science/hobby that a minor annoyance with the control setup dosen't count for much.
I'm still curious to see what the price is going to be for the wireless version. Maybe someone will decide to build control cables for a profitable hobby.
Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:41 PM
Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:58 PM
The Stellacam hand controller was obviously simpler, but that is to be expected when you can only control gain, gamma, and exposure time.
But even without gloves it was hard to tell what the settings were w/o shining a light on the paddle, and the way too thick cable (with its very long length) kept hanging on things and dragging the controller off my table.
Controlling the SII was difficult with gloves...the MallinCam's controls can't be accessed at all with gloves.
In the long run, I'd say that neither's is 'best'. It is a personal preference based in large on your setup and what you want to do with the camera.
Posted 29 December 2007 - 07:55 AM
Rock did make a wired keypad option for a while that duplicated the 5 buttons on the back of the camera. And he could make the cable as long as the customer wanted. However, with the introduction of the ULTRA with Peltier cooling and then the HYPER, adding the switches to the wired keypad became problematic and the wire was not very flexible due to the number of conductors needed. Also some people who bought the wired keypads complained about them dangling in the dark.
Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:47 AM
I'm ok with the current MC design (A), but I'll be interested in others' reviews when Rock offers the wireless upgrade.
Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:02 AM
Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:20 AM
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 11:56 AM
D, then E
I'm still going for a 100% remote operable setup; using less HW is always best (if/when possible)...
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