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  1. Yeah looking at some other images on here I can see they're both over saturated.
  2. Brought my old C9.25 out of storage. Really struggling with collimation and sharp focus. Used some old webcams (technology has moved on and I'm considering a ZWO upgrade..) Celestron Neximage 5 / DFK 72AUC02 / Aptina MT9P031 CMOS Celestron Neximage 1 / SPC900NC / Sony ICX098QB CCD Not happy with the images. I need to sort out my scope.
  3. I've just updated all my drivers and software from the Imaging Source site (https://www.theimagingsource.com/products/industrial-cameras/usb-2.0-color/dfk72auc02/) Interesting to see the last driver update is only a couple weeks old! (generic driver for all their products?) The IC Cap software is also much newer than what I was using back in early 2013. SharpCap I see has evolved substantially in the last 7 years. There's now a Pro version I see! Also looks promising that it seems to directly support the Imaging Source/Neximage 5, however I can't find a BINNING option? I remembe
  4. I took this with the Neximage 5 over 7 years ago. I've been out the hobby a long time and just searching for the camera to see if it was still relevant. Found your recent post. When I bought the camera it was new out and very impressive. Amazingly Celestron still sell it today, and at a higher price! Camera sensors have evolved significantly in recent years (I'm trying to remember the camera phone model I had back in 2013!) so I'm surprised to see this camera is still being sold. However what I can say is that the lens (your telescope) has always been the main limiting factor, but I'm looking
  5. 7 years. Where did that go! I've just dug all my old kit out and trying to remember how it all works. I'm surprised to see the Neximage 5 is still being sold by Celestron (at an increased price!). I would have expected sensor technology to have moved on in that time, it's come along leaps and bounds in the mobile phone world. Anyway I'm back after my interlude.
  6. Sorry I haven't read the whole thread, but my initial thoughts are that you're not pushing the limits of the camera. All of these images are limited by your scope and I don't think the loss in quality using higher compression at higher frame rates is going to be noticeable. I think we would need someone with a large SCT to do these tests to see a clear loss in quality and detail from the higher fps.
  7. The big SCT's are usually the favoured choice of planetary imagers. The C-9.25 is probably the best value sweet spot, but the C-14 is obviously the daddy if you can afford it. If you're on a tight budget then the little MAK127 (sold in many brand names) is very good.
  8. Great image! - might be worth investigating 'MetaGuide' for collimation.
  9. From an email I sent.. thought there might be something useful. ------------------- Sorry for the delayed reply. I'll tell you what I've discovered so far. Normally I use sharpcap, however the binning mode didn't seem to work, so I have been using icap so far. The first thing I needed to change was the white balance values. I adjusted to get the gaps between the bands to look whiteish. Unselect Auto whiteBalance and start with values like: R=79, G=47, B=68. I left colour enhancement turned on. I use gain somewhere around 40-50, and then adjust the exposure to get Jupiter looking well expos
  10. Great images from the little scope. The Mak has always produced great images for it's size, and I think you've raised it's profile even more.
  11. There's one now going for £100 inc P&P http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Philips-SPC900NC-Webcam-astronomy-astrophotograp-hy-CCD-IR-filter-/170977691141?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D5015211799395099868%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D221177187574%26
  12. What sensor does the new Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV use? Possibly it's the same sensor used in the ASI120MC? (can anyone confirm that?) It's only £80 new, so you would be bonkers to spend twice that on a second hand webcam with USB1 and 5 year old sensor technology. They work well, but they've had their day IMHO. Camera technology moves quickly..
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