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#1201 gregj888

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 02:30 PM

Do I really need an oscilloscope for this? I'd like to avoid that expense, especially when it seems I am looking at aroud $700 for the scope and probes.

If you need help in that department, let me know and we'll figure something out.  If still at the U, they have a bunch.  So no, you shouldn't...  PM me if stuck...



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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:16 PM

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Any quantitative differencesbetween these two? One is from a D40, the other a D70s The label on the back of each is a bit different, aside from the 453 and the 4 dots on the package for the D40


Edited by UWastronomer, 16 August 2019 - 01:17 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 08:13 AM

Hello all, I found this thread after I rescued a D50 and D70 from an e-waste bin and decided to make an astro cam. Finding this project has obviously saved me a lot of head scratching and I am more than up to building and fault finding the CAM86 circuit itself, but software wise I might find it challenging. My understanding is the D50 uses a newer and improved variant of the sensor found in the D70 and is also found in the D70s. Has anyone here used the newer sensor in CAM86? Would it be a straight swap, or require some changes to the software? My thinking is to use the D50 sensor, leaving me able to try and de-bayer the D70 sensor with nothing really to lose. Before I grabbed these I was planning on using a Pi Zero and Pi Camera, so I am sure you will understand my enthusiasm for making this work.

 

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 01:41 AM

Seems challenging to me, never soldered also, but I do have a 12.8Mp 24x36mm sensor lying around.. Could it work?

#1205 gregj888

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:09 AM

Seems challenging to me, never soldered also, but I do have a 12.8Mp 24x36mm sensor lying around.. Could it work?

Without knowing what sensor, no way to know, but probably not without at least some changes to the firmware.

 

If you have never soldered, this is not a good first project unless you get some help, IMHO.



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:58 AM

Does anyone have a PCB, or even better, a kit (complete or partial, working or nonfunctional), that (s)he might be willing to sell?

 

I have a D70 lying around, from which I could extract the sensor and finally put to some good use.

 

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:34 AM

Hello,

 

I am Terry Davis, I did at one tine have 3 boards, 3 ccds, 3 ccd verticle driver along with the 232 chips and AD's.  I am a disabled vet and sometimes have a hard time doing the simplest dang things and at times get sidetracked by months.  I have been trying to find them for about two weeks.  I have the bom in tact for three, I think.l  I would like to get two working and I am willing to give one up for collaboration the project.  I'll see if I can find them sometime this week.  But,  I do have them.

 

Best regards,

 

Terry



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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:12 AM

Hello,

 

I am Terry Davis, I did at one tine have 3 boards, 3 ccds, 3 ccd verticle driver along with the 232 chips and AD's.  I am a disabled vet and sometimes have a hard time doing the simplest dang things and at times get sidetracked by months.  I have been trying to find them for about two weeks.  I have the bom in tact for three, I think.l  I would like to get two working and I am willing to give one up for collaboration the project.  I'll see if I can find them sometime this week.  But,  I do have them.

 

Best regards,

 

Terry

Hello Terry - Welcome to this forum and thanks for responding to my post.

 

I actually found this thread pretty late. My original plan was to extract/salvage the sensor from my D70. If you already have a kit that you are willing to share, that would be great (I won't need to go through the excruciating and complicated process of salvaging the sensor).

 

Please take your time since there is no rush. When you find the kits, please let me know and I will PM you regarding money matters (cost, etc.).

 

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