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Astro Videography: Anyone doing this?

Is anyone doing the above and if so, with what?
What does one need to image the SS or Deep Sky objects?
Is there a camera that can image in real time (like video) of nebulae and galaxies?

What is the lowest LUX (0.000001) cameras like?
Are they expensive and if so, who makes them?
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Old 27-12-2011, 02:59 PM
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Ken (ballaratdragons) does this on Night Skies Network.

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Old 27-12-2011, 03:13 PM
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Yep speak to Ken or goto http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com/ you can log in and start asking questions, the guys on there are very helpful.
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Old 27-12-2011, 08:54 PM
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Ken (ballaratdragons) does this on Night Skies Network.

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Yep, here I am to answer any questions about Video Astronomy

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Yep speak to Ken or goto http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com/ you can log in and start asking questions, the guys on there are very helpful.
Yep, ask me or any other broadcaster any questions either in NightSkiesNetwork or in here

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Is anyone doing the above and if so, with what?
What does one need to image the SS or Deep Sky objects?
Is there a camera that can image in real time (like video) of nebulae and galaxies?

What is the lowest LUX (0.000001) cameras like?
Are they expensive and if so, who makes them?
Whoah!!! slow down

One question at a time

Q: Is anyone doing the above and if so, with what?
A: Yes, and the cameras I use are a ToUcam, a modified Samsung SCC-A2333 (also called an SCB-4000) and a Mallincam Xtreme

Q: What does one need to image the SS or Deep Sky objects?
A: Many cameras and scopes give great results, but too many to list here.
As with any Astrophotography, it depends on what you want to look at. SS or DSO's.

Q: Is there a camera that can image in real time (like video) of nebulae and galaxies?
A: Real Time (like video) is practically impossible. The closest we can come is 'near real-time' which is anywhere from about 2 seconds delay from 'live' right up to minutes delay. But yes, viewing of Nebulae and Galaxies is now common place.

Q: What is the lowest LUX (0.000001) cameras like?
A: Here is a great tip: Ignore LUX ratings, as there is no standard. Manufacturers can advertise any Lux rating they want.
Often the same camera from different sources will quote different Lux ratings.

Q: Are they expensive and if so, who makes them?
A: Anywhere from around $180 to $1500. Manufacturers range from Phillips ToUcams thru to Samsung CCTV cameras, to Mintrons, to Gstar-Ex's, to SX Lodestars, to Mallincams.
Plus another half a dozen or so in between.

Many people comment on how Astro Video cameras aren't very good for imaging.
Well, they aren't made for imaging. They are made for 'Observing' in near real-time (and often in colour).
Video Astronomy is fantastic on Public viewing nights, or for anyone who is having trouble with poor eyesight or light pollution.

Here is my 'You Tube' video showing a sample of what can be achieved doing 'Live' (near real-time) Video Astronomy with a mid-priced modified Samsung camera. HERE (The results from the Mallincam is far superior to this)

Here is a recording of 'Night Skies Network' showing a sample of a Mallincam in use at the 'Foymount Video Astronomy Camp' in Canada (yes, Video Astronomy is soooo huge overseas that there are several Astronomy Camps devoted purely to video) HERE

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The solar system objects (Moon and planets such as Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) can be imaged real time. For planetary imaging frame rate is paramount. Up to about 90 frames per second in the case of of the Moon and Jupiter with a black and white camera without a filter. About a third slower frame rates if imaging using a bayer matrix color camera. The highest frame rate planetary imaging cameras are the Flea3 mono Firewire 800 and USB3 cameras. Deep space imaging is totally different. Here integration time is much more important. Deep space objects take from a few seconds to many seconds of integration time to show anything. The best deep space imaging camera is probably the Mallincam Xtreme.
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