Use of Video Astro Cameras by CN Members??
Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:59 PM
In summary, the reports have consistently illustrated that the new tool set is really being enjoyed and appreciated. Once I have my camera back and upgraded, I will try to post a few sketches, but there are an increasing number of users whose single frame recordings or comparisons are very very good. I solicit some reports from MC Hyper Color or B&W Plus users to post some reports on this thread since it is pretty well read. Thanks for reading.
Posted 25 April 2007 - 09:12 AM
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 08:11 PM
Just for reference, as i am a very green observer, could you see any of the images showen in this thread (long exposure or short) with just using an eye peice and looking? or is it only become visable with the camera?
Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:33 AM
Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:15 PM
While there are lots of benefits to using a video system, you do need to keep in mind a number of downsides. For one, the infrastructure needed is much greater (you need power, and a laptop or monitor at the minimum). Another disadvantage is the smaller field of view. Because I have a permanent observatory setup, the infrastructure overhead is not an issue for me. And, let's not forget the cost - these systems can be expensive.
Finally, there is the whole issue of the "purity" of the experience. There are those that will argue that using a video system is not real visual astronomy. Of course, there are those that don't believe in GOTO systems either. Anyway, it is all a personal choice - for me a GOTO mount and a video system help me see things that I would never see, but then I am about the destination, and not the journey. For others it is about the journey, and not the destination (an argument nicely made in the beautiful poem "Ithaca").
Anyway, I love the setup, though I don't use it exclusively - I do enjoy using my eyepieces as well.