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Hi

Iam very new to astronamy let alone astrophotography so please bear with me.

To get used to my new scope i plan on trying to go through the lunar 100 and whilst im doing this take some photos of what im looking at (ive crated a log on excel and left space for the photos or sketches). i was thinking just for the moon to put my camera onto the scope (a focal - i think its called) but i have read lots about using a webcam. i have a laptop so would only need a web cam and the connector but ive hit my first stumbling block. I cant find a cheap ccd webcam (which is apparently what i need) they all seem to be CMOS. does anyone know the differance and could you tell me please?

:o:):D

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Don't worry to much at this stage whether it's a CCD or CMOS chip.

The main issue is to find one where the lens can be removed and replaced with a 1.25" nosepiece.

The popular Philips ToUcam are no longer manufactured as is the SPC900nc. Check on ebay or buy and sell...

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Ok thats great.

Next question though (ill try make it my last...for now lol)

how do i know which will take the nosepiece is it a case of anything with a 1.25" threaded opening or is the actual lense a standard size of 1.25"? Thanks for your help.

:o

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There are nosepieces available for some of the popular models. Once you unscrew the webcam's lens, the threads are exposed. Depending on the size and position of these threads on the body, you choose the nosepiece. The 1.25" refers not to the thread but to the width of the nosepiece and all the webcam nosepieces are 1.25" to fit standard focusers.

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Oh ok i will try that for the time being as i only want to do shots of the moon to start with then slowly work up. i have created logs in excel for the lunar 100 and the messier objects (its been cloudy lol) with spaces for sketches and pics. :)

THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!!!!

:o

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Ive just ordered a webcam of ebay (hopefully it will be ok! :o) its a phillips toucam 810B (theres some left it it interests anyone! i can send you a link. lol) Does anyone know where i can get the adapter from?? i looked on FLO but couldnt see any. Thanks again for your help.

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hi

a good replacement for the toucams are the celestron neximage, it uses the same chip, and i think it is the best cheap solarsystem imager you can get today. this saves you from looking all over the net to find a old toucam.

alfi

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hi

a good replacement for the toucams are the celestron neximage, it uses the same chip, and i think it is the best cheap solarsystem imager you can get today. this saves you from looking all over the net to find a old toucam.

alfi

True, and they're more specialised

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Ive just ordered a webcam of ebay (hopefully it will be ok! :D) its a phillips toucam 810B

Have you had any success with this camera? I have been looking that them on e-bay too, a tenner seems a real bargain if you can remove the lens and replace it with a 1.25" adaptor.

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