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craig s
post Apr 11 2010, 10:34 PM
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I'm seeing electronic camera eyepieces for as low as $40-$60. One has a USB cord, one has a RCA video cord. Since we have a wind netbook (itty-bitty laptop) I'm thinking USB, but a digital camcorder/camara with RCA inputs could be handier. I dunno. Any experience in the field from anybody? Pros/cons? Photo examples are always welcome.
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craig s
post May 16 2010, 10:29 PM
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Ok, I bought a USB camera eyepiece for $40ish, and I have to say I'm disapointed. It appears to be nothing more than a 420 X 640 pixel webcam with no lens, but a sleeve for the 1.25" eyepiece. The light that would normally hit the eyepiece and be refracted into an image you'd see, just hits the electronic light collecter on the cam circuitboard. Hell, I coulda went to Big Lots and bought a $9.99 webcam and modified it to a focuser sleeve adapter. But perhaps the software to custom set the light sensitivity and capture stills makes it more than just that. I honestly think I would have been better off hacking a $49 Walgreens 1MP digital camera/camcorder to fit the focuser. Break out the soldering iron to make a corded shake-free shutter release. (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
As soon as we figure out how to transfer the software from the main computer to the netbook (no disc drive in that) with a thumbdrive memory stick or something, I will start playing with it. Then I will go to Walgreens and see if a hack gets better results. Or perhaps I need to unbury our old viao computer out of the closet, and make that my 'outdoor computer'.
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Greg Mueller
post May 22 2010, 10:09 AM
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There's a program called Registax ( I think that's the spelling) that is the key to making a camera like that work.
It was the rage a few years back as was the Phillips ToUcam Pro II.
Good for bright things (planetary)
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post Feb 17 2018, 10:03 AM
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Who's cheap?
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post Feb 17 2018, 01:31 PM
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QUOTE(Greg Mueller @ Feb 17 2018, 09:03 AM) *
Who's cheap?

Certainly no one on this site!

Sorry to make that post seem out of place Greg. But that was really old spam that finally floated to the top again.
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Ron Walker
post Feb 17 2018, 03:14 PM
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QUOTE(Strgzr @ Feb 17 2018, 12:31 PM) *
Certainly no one on this site!

Sorry to make that post seem out of place Greg. But that was really old spam that finally floated to the top again.


I don't know about that....I'm fairly cheap! (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Thanks for cleaning out the junk because in this case it's not "good junk". (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif)
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post Feb 17 2018, 05:06 PM
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[quote name='Ron Walker' date='Feb 17 2018, 09:14 PM' post='60966']
I don't know about that....I'm fairly cheap! (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

I have competitive hourly rates
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post Feb 18 2018, 09:24 PM
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Just because you people make intricate machines and pieces of extraordinary technology out of broken glass and dollar store garage sale stuff doesn't mean you are cheap. Just resourceful!:rolleyes:
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post Feb 19 2018, 10:00 AM
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I suppose in this "politically correct" time the word "resourceful" would work better then "cheap", so I'll meet you half way with "prudently cheap". (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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post Feb 19 2018, 11:38 AM
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I'm just cheap
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Ron Walker
post Jul 10 2019, 02:45 PM
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Any cheap people out there get anything to work and now take pictures reviling the Hubble?
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post Jul 10 2019, 06:15 PM
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Not yet
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post Jul 10 2019, 07:24 PM
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People do read these posts!!!
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