#1  
Old 17-04-2014, 11:48 AM
ianB's Avatar
ianB (Ian)
Registered User

ianB is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Australia
Posts: 300
wanting to have a try.

Hi all,
I want to have a try at some basic astrophotography with an inexpensive webcam, apparently the Philips ToUcam is a good one to get, but from where ? I think they are no longer made.

Can anyone here suggest another webcam that would be good to use and is not expensive? The main thing is that it will have settings that will allow me to adjust the grain and focus.
Also one article said that you can connect it straight to your telescope or attatch it to your barlow for a bigger picture, can you please give me your thoughts on this.

Many thanks,

ian
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 17-04-2014, 12:11 PM
ianB's Avatar
ianB (Ian)
Registered User

ianB is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Australia
Posts: 300
I just found a site Telescope Astronomy .au they have a ToUcam 900NC for $110
and a Celestron Neximager CCD camera for $90 inc 1.25 adaptor.

As i am new to tjis can you please direct me in which one I should get.

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 17-04-2014, 01:43 PM
Camelopardalis's Avatar
Camelopardalis (Dunk)
Drifting from the pole

Camelopardalis is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 4,669
IIRC they're pretty much the same, just one is Celestron branded, and designed with a 1.25" nose...the Toucam needs to be modified, unless you buy from somewhere that has done it for you. Either way they're only suitable for planetary/lunar i.e. bright objects.

You'd definitely want to be using your Barlow too as the planets will be tiny otherwise, and the resolution of either cam isn't that great. But they're cheap.

Regardless of what cam you buy, chances are you'd use the same capture software...popular ones are Sharpcap, Firecapture, etc.

I bought a QHY a little while back and the weather has been crap since, but my avatar is the best I've got so far (C8, 2.5x Barlow), just after a transit of Io (fumbled too much with the gear to capture it in progress), the brown dot to the right is Io. After processing, which in itself is a steep learning curve.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 17-04-2014, 01:58 PM
ianB's Avatar
ianB (Ian)
Registered User

ianB is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Australia
Posts: 300
Thanks for your thoughts Dunk, and yes i only intend to use it for the planets.
Nice pic of Jupiter and Io.

Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 17-04-2014, 03:33 PM
Camelopardalis's Avatar
Camelopardalis (Dunk)
Drifting from the pole

Camelopardalis is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 4,669
Thanks Ian, just a shame the red spot wasn't around
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +10. The time is now 09:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertisement
Meade Australia
Advertisement
SkyWatcher Australia
Advertisement
Celestron Australia
Advertisement
Bintel
Advertisement
OzScopes Authorised Dealer
Advertisement
Lunatico Astronomical
Advertisement
NexDome Observatories
Advertisement
Astronomy and Electronics Centre
Advertisement