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Orion 52175 StarShoot Solar System Color Imaging Camera IV (Black)
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- Now compatible with Apple computers and laptops! Included software is now Mac OS X compatible (up to OS X 10.10), as well as Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista (32 bit & 64 bit), and XP operating systems
- Our fourth generation planetary imaging camera provides an affordable way to acquire stunning astrophotos of our neighbors in the solar system
- Features a 1/3 inch format color CMOS imaging chip with a very small 3.6 microns x 3.6 microns pixel size for exceptional resolution
- Camera sensor features a 1280 x 1024 pixel layout with 1.3 megapixel resolution, progressive scan imaging uses all pixels for each exposure
- Features a 1.25 inch nosepiece threaded for 1.25 inch filters so you can enhance your astrophotos easily
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|Item Dimensions||2.75 x 2.5 x 2.25 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.74 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.16 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
I originally tried to make my own astronomical camera from a cheap webcam. This worked except that I have a mac laptop, and none of the cameras I tried to use had mac drivers. After some frustrating experimentation I discovered that these drivers are essential. The mac might be able to "see" the camera and record video from it, but without control of gain and exposure you will never get a decent image of Jupiter, for example, because the camera will constantly try to overexpose it.
So, I bought the Orion Starshoot. My main reason for choosing this camera was the higher resolution, and that it came with Mac software.
The drivers do work for controlling gain, exposure and brightness, which is essential. The included stacking program called "Lynkeos" is pretty easy to use; much simpler than a mac alternative "Keith's Image Stacker" because it has a more GUI interface (more buttons). However, it crashes very frequently. Also, beware that the "default" settings for the camera are wrong for astroimaging, make sure you deselect "auto balance" checkbox, that will lead to overexposure and highly changeable images. Also, the "Webcam Monitor" software (for capturing images) can take quite some time to recognize the camera; often I have to unplug the USB and replug, or restart the computer to get it to show up.
General tip: You need a good finder scope because the chip on this thing is very small. You need to adjust your finder scope alignment at the start of every session and probably a few times during the session. Focusing is not easy esspecially with vibrations on the scope and the delay of seeing the results on your laptop.Read more ›
When using for solar imagining, ambient light leaked into the camera from the rear LED window. I used some foil and tape to block this out, but I bought it for solar imagining, so I deducted a star for this! For night imaging it probably would not be a problem.
Learning to use Registax is essential, and I recommend looking for tutorials on YouTube. Without using Registax you will be disappointed in the images. Registax (or other stacking software) is the key to using a modified webcam for astroimagining. The instructions do not cover stacking, but tell you were to go for help.
The instructions suggest learning the system in a lighted environment for the first session. I think this is essential. It would be a nightmare learning everything in the dark. Also, the instructions stress that focusing is the hardest part to learn. Patience and trial/error is a must.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great. You need a good processor in your laptop to make it work really good. It has been raining in Oregon for the last 3 months so I haven't really had a good chance to put... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ron palmer
I was never able to actually use it, but I'm not going to give it a 1 star just because it didn't work for me--I just wish I would have known before hand.Published 3 months ago by Mark
Got it yesterday...tried it out today...shipping back for a refund tomorrow. Never worked. No connection blue light; error every time opening the D-PEN in the AMCAP application to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Johnie Bristow
Works great! but returned it because the telescope was a piece of junk. Thank You!Published 3 months ago by Rob Moore
I tried it several times but all i could get is a black screen when looking at stars or planets. I looked it up online to see why the screen was black and it turns out that this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works with Windows without a problem. DOES NOT WORK WITH MAC OS X 10.11.2. CD has drivers from 2010, so does website.Published 4 months ago by BizTechFuturist
The resolution on this camera is pretty low. You will not be able to get crisp images of anything with it due to the resolution. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven H.