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 Post subject: Re: Billet Parts - MS HD Lifecam Adaptors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:43 am 
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Tried the new web cam out last night looks to be a success.

Phil

Finally got to use your 200p, a bit difficulty to get use to but managed in the end bags of light but struggled to get the focus sorted, could not get the stars in focus when they were looking at optimum they where not pin points more like dash. Managed to catch Saturn before it dropped behind the house, it looked good and the moons where clearly visible.

Also tried M3 and was there as expected but once again found it difficult to get the focus on the pointer stars. I must be doing something wrong :(

Thanks for letting me try it out

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 Post subject: Re: Billet Parts - MS HD Lifecam Adaptors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:26 am 
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bbones wrote:
bags of light but struggled to get the focus sorted, could not get the stars in focus

Bill, did you have an IR-blocking filter in-line?
I've found that the webcam sensors are quite sensitive to IR energy, resulting in blurring or even two different focus-points (one for visible and the other for IR).


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 Post subject: Re: Billet Parts - MS HD Lifecam Adaptors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:56 pm 
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Hi Ross

No I was just using an eyepiece, tried all of them got the same result, strange.

Saturn looked OK but really hard to be sure as it was very low and only had a bit of time viewing before it dropped behind the house.

The solution came today, sensor sorted, no water marks now :P

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 Post subject: Re: Billet Parts - MS HD Lifecam Adaptors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:40 pm 
Think I've found a piece of software that'll let me use the webcam at full HD res called sharpcap.
Don't know if anyone's had any experience of it...seems to tick all the boxes, it lets me have full control of all the settings, just couldn't get it to work using astrocapture. I only wish the weather would play ball so I can use it in anger, but na looks like a distant dream checking out the forecast!!!


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 Post subject: Re:SharpCap
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:37 am 
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Amartin wrote:
Think I've found a piece of software that'll let me use the webcam at full HD res called sharpcap. Don't know if anyone's had any experience of it...

Ian and Antony have certainly used it:
http://www.boltonastro.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=152


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