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Gina

All Sky Camera Revisited

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so this cctv kinda works, tho stars are faint, pretty much expected given its fighting both the IR lighting and the sky lit by the moon behind the tree...

Can just make out the 3 stars in the tail of the plough at the top 1/3 in from the right, looks better with the mk-1 eyeball but hardly surprising given this module only goes down to 1/25s exposure. Was only expecting to get bright objects with this setup so fairly pleased as it goes, be interesting to see if it does any better in darker conditions but for a v low cost test rig, not a total fail 🙂

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12 hours ago, DaveL59 said:

thanks Gina, I'm currently playing with the spare kit I have, being between jobs means limiting the spend somewhat so an astro camera is a bit out of reach for now 😉

Here my back yard is not that big and with a large oak tree to SW of where I might put the camera plus houses at around 20-30 degrees above the level a 150 wide would likely do for me at the mo. Will see how it plays, I've ordered a 2.1 and 1.7mm lens so will have a play and see how they go. Might try a 5MP starvis module later on as they can be had for under £20 now, assuming that the current play rig turns out to be viable...

Ooh, where can I get a 5mp starves from, for that price ?. Sounds like you are the man in the know..

 

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1 hour ago, skybadger said:

Ooh, where can I get a 5mp starves from, for that price ?. Sounds like you are the man in the know..

 

Aliexpress 😉

I tend to buy my lenses from Treeye as they tend to be good quality and prompt, and aim for the higher MP lens compared to the sensor in the module as they'd be better quality too, so for the 2MP module I go for 5MP lenses. You can also get the starlight lenses but they don't have IRcut filters, tho they will add those if you ask them. The new lenses I've ordered are for 1/2.5 sensors where this module is 1/2.8 so will see what sort of image I end up with, it may truncate but I am at the experimental stage so...

 

Thinks I should start my own thread on an el-cheapo sky camera tho so Gina's isn't sidetracked too much 🙂

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My ASC project is currently on hold.  It's no use with total cloud or full moon and I feel like a break from it.

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know what you mean Gina, same here. May well find out how water resistant my el-cheapo is soon lol

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Thanks Dave

That's really handy. It's hard finding a 5 or 8mp camera on there with starves though..

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if you take a look at my "el-cheapo sky camera" thread I've listed the one I've ordered 🙂

 

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