Last updated: 14 December 2004
This page documents Quickcam, ToUCam, and similar video/web cameras comments, tips, and photos. Also, see the Quickcam references on the Astrophotography - Basics page. webcam the site for other items about webcams. Contributions welcome.
Subject: ETX-125 Photos Sent: Friday, December 10, 2004 21:06:18 From: MaxIPTer@aol.com (MaxIPTer@aol.com) Some of the last photos I took with my ETX-125 and the ToUCam Pro were pretty good. Here's a composite of Saturn and its moons that you are more than welcome to post on your site. http://www.geocities.com/astrodad32/Saturn_moons_3Oct04-2.bmp Also, check out the pics on my pages. http://www.geocities.com/astrodad32 With the exception of the M42, one Saturn pic and maybe one other, all the pics on the page are taken with the Mighty ETX. I'm awaiting return home to Texas where a newly supercharged ETX-125 and an uponed Meade DSI await....more pics surely to follow! Max
Subject: Webcam pics Sent: Thursday, December 2, 2004 10:31:54 From: Didier Lehoux (email@example.com) My first pics after having modified my webcam for long exposures. Two stars and my first real attempt of deep sky imaging. As you can see, I have lots of progress to do... Theses pictures have been taken near Besanon in France, with a TouCam Pro SC1 and an ETX125. Vega : August 15th - 21h40 TU. 10 x 0.5s pics registered with IRIS.
Albireo : August 15th - 22h40 TU. 25 best images / 76 - 1/25s regsitered with IRIS M57 : November 15th - 19h20 TU. 13 best images / 72 - 13s exposure. Feel free to show some of them in your guest gallery if you thing they're worth while. Thanks, Didier (Didier Lehoux - Besanon France - mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Subject: Saturn and Toucam Sent: Sunday, November 7, 2004 07:50:18 From: Softrockcooper@aol.com (Softrockcooper@aol.com) AT last we have had a clear night in the UK. I finally managed to get Saturn onto the laptop via my Toucam and a Barlow. I attach my first efforts, they are not the best but considering it was my first time and Saturn was pretty low (at the start actually behind branches and then at the end of the session just above them) I think they are okay. I also captured Venus one morning last week, but that is to bright so not bothered attaching.
Subject: Toucam and Planetary Imaging Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2004 02:48:17 From: Softrockcooper@aol.com (Softrockcooper@aol.com) I have now bought a Toucam Pro and am very pleased with the pictures of the moon that I have taken. I attach them so if you wish you can show people what a complete novice can achieve. (all taken with an ETX 90 and the Toucam in the eyepiece holder)Mike here: it is certainly possible to image planets but it is made more difficult by the smaller size (mostly). You need to be certain your finderscope is well aligned to the telescope optics, which will include the imager. Even then it may take some slewing around to get the planet on the imager. It can take a LOT of patience but it can be done.
However being the total amatuer that I am, I have a question that hopefully people will be able to answer. Though I am happy with my moon pictures I have so far completely failed to capture anything else, 4am this morning, nice clear sky, point at Saturn, nothing on screen, can somebody give me some tips please? One solution I have thought of is to stick with the moon and work out exactly which part of the moon is hitting the ccd and where abouts it is in the eyepeice and hopefully by putting the planet in the same place it should appear on the screen. I was hopeing that somebody may however have a quicker solution. Thanks in advance Chris
Thanks for the tips. I am going to keep at it and hopefully will get Saturn soon.
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