Notify me of new posts via email. Generally the moon, planets and similar bright celestial objects can be captured and enhanced using software such as Registax or K3CCDTools , which will align the many frames of movie footage exactly over each other, then stack them together, then sum all the frames into a single enhanced composite image which is far brighter, less noisy, sharper and clearer than any single frame would have been. Register a new account. VLounge is sophisticated software for capturing, managing and archiving snapshots and video clips with just a couple of mouse clicks. Precision glass lens offers sharper image quality Sharp, crisp and clear. I’ve been looking up all webcams listed above with a Sony chip. It is possible to get reasonable pictures of the planets even with a Dobsonian mounted scope, using the Field of View Drift method , as I like to call it.

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You stay in the center of the image even if you move during a video conference.

A brief overview of Webcams and Astronomy

With it you can use your webcam as a camera for taking high-quality photographs that are even good enough for printing larger sized high quality images. Webcasting at broadcast quality This camera is perfect for webcasting thanks to the extremely high quality of the images it takes.

The result is razor sharp pictures with incredible detail and depth, every time and from any source.

Have a go in a darkened, dimly lit room, pointing the webcam at something and making sure it is focused. Yes, the Neximage does use the sensor, but webcams with the same chip tend to be cheaper.


For a better although more technical understanding of the above points you might like to read Samir Kharusi’s article on Minimal Exposure times. I just received a Logitech Quickcam Pro and it looks like this. You will see what I mean if you try using the Toucam or Philips webcams with a dob mount – it requires persistance and a lot of patience.

The state-of-the-art camera software automatically detects your face and moves the lens to follow you as you move. I will not be responsible for any damage caused to your equipment.

Sony are prefixed ICX Share your video with friends and family or broadcast it across the Internet. Let me show you objects within reach of a small backyard telescope. Or sign in with one of these services. Sharp, crisp and clear. Using the flat edge of a screwdriver gently prise the focuser up and out of the camera body this is made easier if the focuser is rotated roughly halfway between maximum and minimum focus.

Posted August 19, The image below shows the lens and the focus adjustment knob removed from the camera.

Soc900nc you are working with the Moon which is very bright, and large, spc90n0c won’t be worried about dark-adapting your eyes, therefore you can afford to have some gentle light available eg. Poor Meadow Dyke Observatory – The official site of Steve Chambers, famed for pioneering the use and modification of cheap, readily available, sensitive CCD webcams for use in astrophotography.

Keep them dimmer rather than too bright. This Guide page in particular is very interesting as it describes how the webcam sensor gathers more light the longer the exposure is, with diagrams showing how photons are collected and converted into electrons, and hence how the modification to the webcam works.

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On this article pholips removing the lens and replacing it with the adaptor, I just bought the camera and pulled the plastic stopper, philipps came off, I put it back and pulled again and it came off very easily. For example Peltier chips are used in portable coolboxes to keep food and beer cold. To combat the heat problems described in point 2 above, it is possible to attach heatsinks to the imaging chip, and use fans to aid cooling.

The camera is now ready for planetary imaging! With the special Motion Detection feature you can record anything that happens in your home while you’re out.

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Too much Gain results in “noise” in the image. You can also use it with the webcam for home monitoring, motion detection and webcasting. Well, sony chips look like there’s a bit missing You can see the baffled anti-reflection feature within the adaptor. The more frames you capture the better the effects of aligning, stacking and averaging will be at separating the electronic psc900nc in the image, from the real light falling on the CCD chip from the stars and faint nebula.

But then again, I feel hesitant to recommend that method. Click on the image to learn how.