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  1. Hi Have a look at Caravan TV's - there's some with AV input that would work with the SCB2000 and some have rechargable battery packs which may also prove useful. Here's one on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Televisions-Television-Freeview-DVB-T-T2-Resolution-10inch/dp/B07GV9PJ8L/ref=sr_1_13?adgrpid=56937086761&gclid=Cj0KCQiAovfvBRCRARIsADEmbRJzpY6nPhokTBouZhqiB8uOaW5HIv2GkdnVIYtpdqTKm1B3OPgl358aAs2kEALw_wcB&hvadid=259003072743&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9046700&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=e&hvrand=7312745804674728086&hvtargid=kwd-91708884&hydadcr
  2. Well.... It's been nearly 2 years since I posted on SGL (or any other astronomy forum) - work, and family commitments have meant that I've not had much time for astronomy recently. It's good to see the changes that have been made to what I have always consider to be my "baby" - this group was orginally created when there was a change to the forum software and the "Social Groups" were no longer supported - my Video Atronomy social group was turned into the Video Astronomy sub-forum, however the concept was always video and electronically assisted observing. I was originally ins
  3. Hi What camera and mount do you have and do you already have a PC in your observatory and what software are you using? There will be a solution but it just depends on your setup. Paul
  4. Great capture and detail, especially with NGC4232 and neighbours - what exposure is this? Paul
  5. Hi Huw It's a start - welcome to EAA/Video Astronomy, there's no going back I use an F3.3 SCT reducer on my Skymax 102 with a MAK-> SCT adapter or a 1.25" x0.5 reducer - makes a huge difference to the exposures. Let us know how you get on. Paul
  6. Hi Chris I still have my SDC435 but have not used it in ages - I think I might get it out and try it alongside the lodestar. CS Paul
  7. Hi Paul The display does not come back when you modify the display settings - only when you return it to the original window where it was launched. Paul
  8. Hi Well it’s been almost 6 years since I joined as a member of this community and this is my 1000th post - not a lot in 6 years really but I hope that my contribution has helped, especially here in the Video Astronomy section. I still think of this section as my baby, although there are those who are now much more active than me. Back in 2011 there was no Video Astronomy section and at the time the Mods did not think that there was enough demand for one so Video Astronomy or Electronically Assisted Astronomy got lumped in with the Astro Photographers. So I set up a social group
  9. Hi Paul Once again thank you for al the effort you put into SSL - each version gets better and better. I've noticed a minor issue when running on OSx - I use two monitor setup (Macbook Air & external monitor) - when I move SSL main window from one monitor to the other the image area goes black and does not refresh until I move it back to the original screen. Moving the Image Display window between monitors works OK. This is not a new bug - I have seen it in previous versions but forgot to mention it. Clear skies Paul
  10. Hi Starlight Live is great for the Starlight Xpress cameras, Lodestars in particular. Both this and Sharpcap run on a PC/Laptop so you'll need a HDMI output to a large screen. HTH Paul
  11. Hi Yes, that should work - I have used a similar one to capture the above images. Some people have experienced problems with the cheaper capture devices but mine worked OK. Paul
  12. Hi These cameras (SCB2000) work best at F4 and below, at maximum integration you are looking at about 10s exposure so some form of tracking will be necessary (AZ is fine). You can use cheap 1.25" focal reducers but need to make sure your scope has sufficient focus travel. The field of view is similar to a 6mm eyepiece so you may need some focal reduction depending upon which scope you use. HTH Paul
  13. Hi A few years back the SCB 2000 was the camera that many people used: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAMSUNG-SCB-2000PH-1-3-HIGH-RESOLUTION-DAY-NIGHT-CAMERA-600TVL-230V-AC-/152299740629?hash=item2375c59dd5:g:wwIAAOSwx2dYFnKb You'll also need a CS-1.25" adapter such as this: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/low-profile-125-nosepiece-c-threads.html You can improve the SCB 2000 sensitivity by removing the built in IR filter - however, you can use it with it in place. You'll also need a 12V power supply and some means of viewing the video - these cameras are Comp
  14. Hi memoryman I've no experience of night vision cameras, although I've seen a few people experiment with it, there are security cameras such as the SBC2000/SDC435, which I have used, that have a night vision mode which can be used for EAA and can be used without a computer. However for the remote viewing experience you can share I'd still recommend the Lodestar X2 camera and Starlight Live software - in case you missed it, here's a video showing a typical nights viewing speeded up by x16 - C8 SCT with F3.3 reducer on HEQ5 mount Lodestar-C (not X2) and Starlight live running on a 2009
  15. Hi Memoryman I'm biased - I spent my money on the lodestar and am very happy with it, however I've not experienced any of the other CCDs (only the SDC435 video camera). If I was spending my money again I'd get the latest Lodestar X2 mono (I have the colour lodestar) and go galaxy hunting and a little narrow band. Starlight live also allows you to do multi spectral captures live - adding each colour as you go. Just make sure you image at F4 or below and you won't be dissapointed! HTH Paul
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