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Old 05-10-2008, 04:41 PM
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ToUcam

I want to try planet/lunar photography and after reading all I can,I believe the best affordable camera would be a webcam. The Philips ToUcam is the one that every body agrees is the best. I am struggling to find a supplier as they are discontinued line. Anyone know of a retailer who still has them .Or does anyone have a good alternative
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:55 PM
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Give Matthew a call to see if he has any in stock or can get one for you.

http://www.telescopes-astronomy.com....am_philips.htm

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Old 05-10-2008, 05:05 PM
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Hi Keppar,

The ToUcam is probably the best lunar/planetary webcam for a beginner to start off with. The next step up from the ToUcams are the Imaging Source cameras, which are made specifically for Planetary imaging.

Have a look at Ebay as I have seen a couple for sale for a fairly decent price.

Hope you are able to find one.

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this may be a very dumb question but is there any real difference between the TouCam and the Imaging Source cameras except for the speed of download?
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MSY in Melbourne is selling the 900NC toucam for $79....not many left...last ones get in quick.

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/clayton_W.htm
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The offer at MSY, $79 for the Phillips SPC900NC, was so good...I just picked one up for myself from their Clayton store today
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Seeker,
I have both the DMK21 firewire and a couple of webcams...
Although I paid top dollar for the DMK, it really hasn't lived up to expectation. Over priced.
For the majority of my imaging ( read: all the time!) the webcam seems to be just as good.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:12 PM
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Thanks fellas Bought the Toucam of MSY at $79
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Thanks fellas Bought the Toucam of MSY at $79

Glad to help. Where are you getting an adaptor? I've ordered one from Steve Mogg:
http://webcaddy.com.au/astro/adapter.htm

...but I just noticed that Luke Bellini from Star Stuff (in Melbourne) sell them as well:
http://www.starstuff.com.au/page54.html

You will also need a IR cut filter as the camera sensor detects IR wavelengths...which tends to "Bloom" images. Plenty of suppliers have those.

Edit:
don't forget to get the Philips SPC900NC adaptor as the neck for these is slightly longer than some.

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