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Helo, i have CCD tracer talkcam. I have done modifiing (i took out lens so CCD sensor has nothing in front, i put adapter with infrared filter).

I have problems with everything. When i put moon in focus every thing is just white. Other things are just black. I dont know which software for imaging  (free software) is best. I have sometinh that came with camera and dont have much setup to set.

Which software do you use for imaging (and what should I set up?). Does anybody have this camera?? any picture with it?? I tried some pics in daytime and magnification is veeeeery high. Am i doeing something wrong??

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Everything white looking at the moon is likely to be overexposure, reduce exposure time and possibly reduce the gain setting.  It could also be out of focus, try setting the focus in the day on something distant.

 

The everything being black bit is likely the opposite problem in that the exposure length is too short for dimmer targets, could also be focus.

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I don't know the camera so I can't help you there. For software try Craterlet (simple to use), SharpCap or Firecapture (both more versatile than Craterlet) . All three programmes are free. I suspect that your problems are due to not setting the correct exposure, the three programmes I mentioned all allow full imaging control. The field of view of webcam sized sensors is roughly that of a 6mm so it will appear to have high magnification (the correct term is image scale)

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Try dropping exposure time right down to ensure the Moon is not simply saturating, as mentioned. Also, magnification come from the telescope's focal length, not the camera, as the telescope is acting as the lens in effect, so any camera will experience the same effect.

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