Last updated: 9 February 2003
This page documents Quickcam (and similar video/web cameras) comments, tips, and photos. Also, see the Quickcam references on the Astrophotography - Basics page. Search the site for other items about webcams. Contributions welcome.
Subject: ETX90 Moon Photos Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2001 14:00:54 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (lsmith) I recently finished building a sturdy tripod for the ETX (cost about $35). With this, my computer, and a modified webcam, I took after the moon. I was very pleased with the results. The tripod is very steady, and the webcam (a Quickcam Express) did an admirable job. I've seen a few better photos with this size scope, but I think these would measure as "good." You can view the photos at: www.geocities.com/doccpu/etx
Subject: Webcam Astrophotography Sent: Sunday, November 4, 2001 13:41:19 From: email@example.com (Damian Davis) To: firstname.lastname@example.org I saw your post on Mike W's famous WebSite. There is a group dedicated to webcam astrophotography, called the QuickCam and Unconventional Imaging Astronomy Group. (Fairly trips off the tongue, doesn't it?) Their web address is www.qcuiag.co.uk. Give it a go. DD
Subject: Followup: webcams pics from email@example.com (Ken W A Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2001 7:34:49 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bernard Fournier) An answer to Ken W Anderson' s enquiry for a site helping him to modify a webcam for astro pics. http://www.astrabio.demon.co.uk/QCUIAG/ http://www.astrocam.org/ There he will be able to find lots of advices, tips, hints, softwares etc.... These two sites have been of a greatfull help when I started imaging with my Etx 125 and a Phillips Vesta Pro camera almost one year ago. I join a recent picture of the moon (well a part of it !) to show how fast you can obtain satisfying results, (remember that I had not even looked throught a scope one year ago) Sincerely yours Amicalement Bernard Fournier N 5 09 / W 52 39 Kourou French Guyana email@example.com
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Clay Sherrod) That is a fantastic photograph....absolutely stunning. Your air must be much steadier than that of Arkansas! Your lunar catalog is becoming one of the best I have seen! Keep up the great imaging! Clay Sherrod
Subject: Webcam Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2001 20:05:51 From: email@example.com (Bernard Fournier) Some pictures for you to have a look to a new setup for my Etx and Webcam : An old f 3.5 / 70/210 mm photografic lens piggybacked (?) on the Etx. The webcam is fixed to the objective with a part that screws in place of the original camera lens, some washers are required to achieve focus. The 3 small pics are better than a long imprecise and hazardous speech. Finally the result which is not so bad. Maybe this short note is worth to be posted in the astrophoto/webcams section ? Friendly Amicalement Bernard Fournier N 5 09 / W 52 39 Kourou Centre Spatial Guyanais European Space Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Which QuickCam Model? Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 22:05:33 From: email@example.com (Thomas Kimberly) I want to install a QuickC on my ETX90 based on some rave review of its use. I have the instructions on installing it on the scope, but am unsure of the model to buy. I see QuickC pro, QuickC pro 3000, etc. listed. Thanks in advance for your response. Tom Kimberly
Subject: Jupiter pic Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 18:12:33 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Schmitz) Repackaged Phillips To-U-Cam 30 frames using Astrostack and a little unsharp mask (this is getting fun!) Will try to capture the Callisto shadow on the 13th next
Subject: Jupiter Double-Transit. Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 12:13:57 From: email@example.com (James Jacobson) Here is an image of Jupiter and the double transit of the GRS and Io from Jan. 18th, 2002. Taken with my DS-90 and ToUcam pro. Thanks again for a great site! -Jake Jacobson
Subject: First night effort with a modified quickcam Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 22:32:35 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Hart) Can't thank you enough for such a great web site (which I have been visiting now for about 3.5 years). Using instructions from your site, I have been able to buy a cheap ($99 dollars from Amazon.com online) DS70EC, which I purchased for the mount and electronics only, so that I could transform my ETX90RA into a "Goto" scope. That project took about 2 weeks is now working and complete, though I'm still learning the ins and outs with a "upgraded" 495 to 497 controller and "rubberbanding"... From your site, I also found a link to the QCUIAG site (http://www.astrabio.demon.co.uk/QCUIAG/), which describes how to convert a quickcam to astronomical use. I purchased a Logitech QuickCam Express ($39.95) at my local Best Buy outlet, converted it to a astro camera per directions from QCUIAG, and attached is the first nights effort using the free software from Logitech. Hopefully I'll improve my technique, but I'll mention that I've been trying conventional astrophotography for several years (off and on) and have already surpassed image quality of even my best "conventional" shots on this first night. Image shown is using eyepiece projection at about 100X. Keep up the great work. Jim Hart
Mike here: With editing software you can improve the contrast and make it even better.
Subject: Photograph with ETX 90/EC Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 8:16:53 From: email@example.com (Ducci Pietro) I made this photograph with ETX 90/EC to direct fire on 02/01/2001 using the Webcam Philips Vesta Pro in automatic from Carrara (Tuscan), Italy.
Subject: My first attempts. Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 23:32:42 From: firstname.lastname@example.org First of all, thanks for the fantastic web site! Your site was the factor that made me decide to get the ETX 90EC. I have been playing around with a webcam on my scope and came up with the attached photos. This is my first attempt at astrophotography through a telescope, so they are not as nice as some of the others on your site, but I'm very happy with the results! The equipement: -Meade ETX90EC -Logitech QuickCam VC -Dell Latitude 400 mhz laptop I put the camera in the main eyepiece position at the top of the scope and used a 45 angle with the 9.7mm eyepiece to aim the scope. Once aimed, I would flip the mirror to the camera and focus it on the screen of the computer. Thanks again for a wonderful and very informative web page! Tom Bellevue, WA
Subject: Jupiter Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 13:57:39 From: email@example.com (Xavier Rey-Robert) I wanted to share with you and your readers this picture of Jupiter I've done on the 25/01/02 with an ETX90, a Phillips Toucam and a televue x3 from a 1017 frames movie. It shows the magic of image composition and treatment (done with iris) ! Cordially, Xavier
Subject: More results - better than last week! Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 0:57:31 From: firstname.lastname@example.org I just wanted to share a few photos I took of Jupiter tonight. We finally had some brief clearning here in the Seattle area, so I had to get out and try some more Jupiter shots. Info: -Meade ETX 90EC -Time: Approximately 8:00pm PST -Camera: Logitech Quickcam VC (parallel port) -15 photos stacked with Astrostack -Colors adjusted with Photoshop 6.0 Tom
Subject: Jupiter, Saturn.. Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 1:20:47 From: email@example.com (J. Jacobson) Had a clear night, and was able to capture a good image of the ongoing collision of the GRS and Oval BA in Jupiter. Seeing was clear, so I also am including a shot of Saturn from the same night. Taken on Jan. 26th with my DS-90 and ToUcam pro. -Jake Jacobson
Subject: Intel PC camera Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 16:27:26 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bo Byrd) Heres my first attempt. Hopefully at 1/4 moon I'll be able to get some real nice ones. ETX-70AT with Intel PC Camera Pack and homemade film canister adapter at prime focus 10sec video taken with vega at 7fps at 320x240 (although vega reports that max camera speed is 2 or 3 fps) I went through the "dark frame setup" to give vega a point of reference on my CCD. AstroVideo picked out the best frame and saved as a .fit Opened the .fit with Gimp and sharpened a little, then applied unsharp mask, saved as .jpg. The Intel PC Camera Pack is just a usb webcam, it has a ccd not cmos sensor; it can snapshot and video at 320x240. Im thinking about getting a toucampro that can snapshot at like 1280x1024.
Subject: Jupiter/Saturn from last night Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 9:48:54 From: email@example.com Finally! Clear skies in Seattle for the next few days. I was out last night until almost midnight playing around and took these images. This time I was finally able to get the camera and 2x barlow combination to work. That barlow hasn't been very friendly with me, but I just kept working at it and got some good results. I still have to work on focusing though, Saturn was a really hard one to focus. I sat the screen resolution on the laptop to 640x480 so I would have the biggest image possible on the screen so it would be easier to focus. I'm using the "clothes pin" meathod on the focuser to make it slightly easier. I should have a focusing cable arriving in the mail any day now, so I'll see how that works. I'm also finding that the brighter the images, the less sharp it appears after processing and stacking. I'm finding that some of the darker ones work out a little better when stacking. All the images were taken from short videos (.avi files) of about 5 seconds each and an average of around 50 frames total. I then use AVI2BMP to pick out the good ones and stack them. I was hoping to get a moon shadow or a better shot of the GRS, but I think it was too late. I was concentrating on Saturn first, and it was later when I finally got to working on Jupiter. Tom -Bellevue, WA
Subject: Webcam Imaging - Jupiter Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 19:33:31 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (L&D Benschop) Thanks for a great site!! Attached are some small JPG version images that I took of Jupiter. These were taken with a Toucam Pro webcam, a 2X Barlow and an Ultima 2000 8" scope. Webcam imaging of Jupiter is a very enjoyable and affordable way to get started in CCD imaging. Technique: - Capture AVI video with Webcam - Use AVI2BMP to extract the steady frames (moments of good seeing) - Stack the resultant images with AstroStack - Process the stacked image with Cit Deconvolution and Unsharp mask, also in AstroStack - Post-Process color and brightness with Paint Shop Pro My images page benschop.tripod.ca/Images.htm QCIUAG is a great resource for sharing ideas with a Worldwide group of Alternative Imagers. Best regards, Len Benschop Oshawa Ontario Canada
Subject: Moon from February 24th Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 19:24:27 From: email@example.com (Tom Gwilym) I've been having a lot of fun with the webcam and ETX. Here is my latest creation..... Feel free to post in on the site if you like it! Tom
Subject: My best Jupiter so far. From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Gwilym) I'm playing with a new camera that seems to give better colors than the Quickcam VC. Here is the best shot of Jupiter that I have taken so far. I'm still trying for a GRS and moon shadow, but the weather and transits never line up correctly here in the Seattle area. I've been reading about the Philips Vesta Pro camera and from what I've seen, that might be the one that I should try next. Tom
Subject: Picture of saturn Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002 8:06:59 From: THOMAS.MORETTO@rmc-france.fr (THOMAS MORETTO, FR) Here is a pic resulting from a AVI file, from my observing session of the 10 march 2002 at Boissy St leger (near Paris, France). As I saw there was few french people in the gallery, I thought I could send you a pic from my part of the world ;-) the data are as follows : ETX90EC, camera Philips To U Cam Pro, Barlow 2X. avi converted with iris, compute_trichro1 of 50 pics out of 105, wavelet x y 6 on each color channel, added x3 3times and x2 8 times, final adjustments in xnview to remove some noise and soften the picture. Thanks a looooooooot for your site, The greatest reference on the ETX ! Bye and have a nice stary night ! Thomas Moretto
Subject: A picture of M57 Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 12:34:36 From: email@example.com (Nelson Viegas) Here's a photo of M57 taken with a modified webcam on an ETX70 at prime focus. This is a ~50secs. exposure and was processed mainly to reduce the heavy light pollution. The ETX70 is a great deep sky objects scope too!
Subject: First timer... Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 3:03:13 From: firstname.lastname@example.org I bought a ETX90EC two weeks ago, because a friend of mine told me it was the best telescope for its price, and its very portable....(im going to sweden and other contries soon, and i want to take as much pics and look at the skye when im abroad. My friend makes a prog that creates pics out of avi files, made by a webcam. This site of yours has so much info for making pics with a webcam and modifiing the webcam for it, so i went and modified my webcam. Yesterday i made my first pics!!! ill include a pic... its not much compared to the rest i see here, but very soon i hope to create better pics, as soon as i can focus better... Greetz and lotsa luck with your site! Vince
Subject: M13 Photo Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 10:37:07 From: email@example.com (James Jacobson) I finally got the nerve to open my ToUcam and get out the soldering gun in order to modify it for long-exposures. This is my first astrophoto of a Deep Space object - M13! Taken with my DS-90 and modified ToUcam, and captured and processed on a Mac laptop! Thanks again, -Jake J.
Subject: After an extended absents, I have returned Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2002 14:51:57 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joseph Rodricks) I am expecting to (well, I'm going to) graduate from High School in about a week. I have been very busy for a while now and have put astronomy on the back burner for a while. just recently I networked my house and now have a high-speed internet connection in my bedroom. As a birthday present, my parents allowed me to purchase all the components so that I could build myself a new PC. I have. I have just used it with a 3com "webcam" CCD chip and my ETX-90. I have attached one of the pictures. It was taken out my bedroom window, while using a tripod on my rug. The pictures was black and white and utilized a 26mm EP. Since my last visit, to your site, there was much debate over the ETX mailing list and ListBot wanting to charge. I was wondering if you could tell me if the mailing list has relocated. With school over I am beginning to catch up for the months of non-observing I've missed. Thanks for the help, and as always, thanks for the great site, I'll be spending some of my graduation money on your book. Joe Rodricks
Subject: Moon shots with webcam....... Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:49:53 From: email@example.com (Philippe HAAKE) Here are two pictures made with my ETX-90 and a ToucamPro (Philipps). They have been processed with the new Registax ( http://aberrator.astronomy.net/registax/index.html A really nice freeware to use with your webcam.... I hope you will find those pictures nice... Thanks for all... read you soon.... Best Greetings From SWITZERLAND Phil ICQ 3128404 http://astroclub.net/sag/index.html http://astroclub.net/sag/ephemeride/index.html http://community.webshots.com/user/beruberu1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: M13! and modification (Toucam pro/Macintosh) details. Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 13:35:48 From: email@example.com (James Jacobson) Here is another of M13 in color. Much better than my first attempt! Captured with my DS-90 and modified ToUcam Pro on my Macintosh! As you requested, I am also including a schematic as to how I modified this camera for long-exposure photography for use with a Mac. I will also be creating a webpage on my site detailing the modification at: http://jjacobso0.tripod.com/themeadeds90ec/ These webcams can be used for an extremely low cost (Under $70) planetary and deep sky imager. Thanks again for your great site - I am sorry I will be missing you this year at the ETX star party (the last one in Borrego was great!) -Jake Jacobson
Subject: SOFTWARE FOR QUICKCAM Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2002 14:54:34 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (THE BIGUN) i'm having a real big problem finding some software to run my b/w connectix quick cam!!! i modified it the way they told me on one of your links but can't use it because i have lost the software!!!! i'm in need of "quickcam for windows version 1.0" or some software to run a b/w quick cam!!!! i hope you can help or have a suggestion as to where i can go!!! i checked the logitech site but they have nothing for a b/w cam!!! thanks and great site! jim mohnen
Subject: Moon shot with ETX105 Sent: Sunday, October 6, 2002 02:38:49 From: email@example.com (Olivier Cioni) I took this Moon picture on the Sept. 17rd from Grenoble/FRANCE. This picture shows Copernic and Eratosthne. For this shot, I used an ETX 105 and a webcam TOUCAM PRO. Olivier Cioni
Subject: Intel CS330 Webcam Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2002 12:33:53 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chuck Scappaticci) I searched several of your web sites and found references and images of folks using Intel Webcams at prime focus. I tried this with the lens on and got real nice images of the inside of my telescope (baffling, secondary, etc.). Very educational, but not what I was looking for. Do I have to take the lens off exposing the ccd? If so, do I lose the focusing ability (it has a manual focuser) on top of the camera. I did some experimenting and found that the camera can focus within 2cm of the lens. Anyway, any help appreciated, and thanks for your help with my N80GT mount in the past. It worked great ... ChuckMike here: For photos WITHOUT an eyepiece, ie., at prime focus, you have to remove the camera lens. The telescope acts as the camera lens and the image is focused on the CCD. Focusing is done using the telescope and/or moving the CCD position in and out.
Subject: Moon Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 12:07:23 From: email@example.com (Peter van Camerijk) Her are 2 pictures of the moon I took with my ETX 125. I used a Phillips Vesta Pro webcam direct on my ETX without a barlow lens. These pictures are 1 frame each; I did not stack anything. I only did some contrast changes. I took them out of the window of my bedroom.....not a very good palce to tajke some images but when you are so eager to use something new ......well you know what happens then!!! Next time I hope to send you some more , better images of the moon and planets. Clear skies to you all. Peter
Subject: Pic of Saturn Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2002 16:00:15 From: TPMiles@charter.net (Tony Miles) I took this pic a few weeks ago with my ETX-125EC and a modified Logitech Webcam. It's an unprocessed pic of course!
Subject: saturn and M42 photography Sent: Sunday, December 1, 2002 14:59:41 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kacper Wierzchos) Thanks to your web and all information about Meade ETX series of telescopes half year ago I have decided to be a user of ETX 90EC. From a few mounts, together with my father, we try to obtain some astrophotographs using webcam (Philips TouCam Pro not modified).And:
Saturn: Here is my first image of Saturn obtained on 10/11/02 at 6:20 am; Meade ETX 90 EC; Barlow 2x; Philips TouCam Pro; 300 images processed by Registax. Medium weather conditions. I hope be able to do better in a few months. M42: Here is my first image of M42 obtained on 30/11/02 at 23:20 pm; Meade ETX 90 EC; focal reducer; Philips TouCam Pro !not modified!; 400 images processed by Registax and Adobe Photoshop trated; urban sky. I hope be able to do better in a few months. Kind regards, Kacper Wierzchos
Few days ago I have send you the image of M42 taken on 30/11/02. Next night (1/12/02 - better weather conditions) I have taken the next image of Orion Nebula too. The Scope, webcam and adquisition conditions were the same as firs night. You will find this new image in attachment (orion_M42bis.jpg). If you like, you can put on your web both these images of M42 or only this last one - a little beat better with more natural colours and some better resolution. Thank you.
Kind regards, Kacper
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