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Tentatively want to get into Webcam imaging.

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Hi all,

After promising myself that I wouldn't go down the (expensive) route of astrophotography, I've decided that it might be nice to get some pictures of planets etc. and so I'm looking out for a cheap but effective Webcam.

In order to keep the costs as low as possible I'd like to use the computer equipment I currently own. This means I'd need a Webcam that works with a G4 Apple Powerbook or a G5 iMac. It can be either Firewire or USB, but I think I'd prefer Firewire as this would allow me to use the Astro IIDC program which only works with Firewire cameras, and I understand it's the best Mac software out there.

So, can anyone recommend a Apple-compatible Webcam? Also, given that I've got Apple gear, what software would people suggest?

I have had a trawl around the net but most articles seem about 10 years old or so.

Thanks in advance


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Hi Stuart,

most (if not all) webcams are 'USB Video Class' devices, which means that they use a standard set of commands over the USB interface and should work with any modern OS. For instance I bought a Microsoft LifeCam HD recently to convert for astrophotography. It worked just as well under Ubuntu Linux as it did under Windows.


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