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    Hello!
    This is Mario.
    Do you know if exist a digital slr camera that can be driven from a
    Pc?
    I explain well: you are at the Pc and give the signal to the camera
    for shot and multi shot, download the file, adjust the focus, and try
    again in webcam style.

    Do you know if Nikon or Canon do this?

    Bye!!! Danilo

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    Mario wrote:


    Two of my Nikon Coolpix digital cameras -- not SLR -- have video out
    ports which allow for using the cameras as something very much like a
    webcam. However, you need to also consider whether your PC is properly
    outfitted with the an appropriate video in board to take that signal. I
    mention this only because not all personal computers can do so. The
    video out feature is not uncommon among a wide range of the 'higher end'
    digital cameras.

    I'm not aware or any digital camera software that would adjust focus,
    but infinity is a pretty good focus setting in matters astronomy.

    Single shot digital images are useful on the moon, the planets, and your
    pet hamster, but you can mate a digital camera to your PC such that you
    can stack images just as you would a webcam. I mention this to address
    the downloading the file portion of your question.

    Not sure this helped, but hey, at least it was free! =


    --
    -John Steinberg
    email: not@thistime.invalid

    ....And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped.
    --Sir Bedevere

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    John Steinberg wrote:

    John/Mario,

    I will thrown in my two cents as well since I have (and cherish)
    my Nikon Coolpix 995 ....

    .... or macro mode if doing afocal projection ....

    Software does exist to control the Coolpix camera via a PC for
    both triggering exposures as well as helping with focus. For the latter,
    the video port from the Coolpix is fed into the video slot of the PC and
    the terminal is used to display the image for more critical focus and in
    lieu of the very small LCD at the back of the Coolpix.

    Further info and details for the FREE software provided to this
    effect by a gentleman named Greg Pruden is available at
    http://velatron.com/dca/personal/setup/laptop.htm ....

    There are also the associated Yahoo support groups for Greg's
    software.

    Anthony.



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    Mario wrote:


    Canon EOS cameras can utilize the included "Remote Capture" software. This
    includes the Canon 1Ds, D60 (discontinued), 10D, and I am not sure, but
    would guess the new 300D (Digital Rebel) as well.

    Personally, I prefer using the Canon TC-80N3 wired remote to automate most
    tasks and set the focus with a Hartmann mask and 2.5X angle finder or the on
    the laptop with the shareware program ImageFusion DSLR:

    http://www.liquidfusion.com.au/astro/dslrfocus/

    Being able to scrutinize a larger scale image really helps nail down
    critical focus:

    http://www.astro-nut.com/m45.html

    Cheers,

    Paul



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    "Anthony Ayiomamitis" wrote:
    Nikon Coolpix 995 ....



    Uh-oh! This is new for me. Do you mean, Anthony, that it is *necessary* to
    set the camera on macro mode for afocal projection? May this be the reason
    if I don't see the object correctly focused on the LCD display? I use an
    Olympus Camedia 3040Z and to have the object focused I should press half-way
    the shoot button. Otherwise, I have to take the picture and replay it on the
    display and then correct the focus by trial-and-error.

    Clear skies,

    --
    Beta Persei
    45░ 35' N
    08░ 51' E




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    Anthony Ayiomamitis wrote:


    It's a nice digicam for sure.


    Quite right.



    Great stuff. Thanks, Anthony! I've also used and use a large screen TV
    for critical focus work.

    BTW, how's the latest analemma project coming?



    --
    -John Steinberg
    email: not@thistime.invalid

    ....And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped.
    --Sir Bedevere

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    John Steinberg wrote:

    Hi John,

    Glad to be of help. The software provided by Greg is excellent!

    Get ready for lots and lots of analemmas as we are approaching
    the end .... end of December is A-day! :-)

    I am surprised and impressed that you remembered?!

    Anthony.


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    Anthony Ayiomamitis wrote:



    Exxxxcelllent! Looking forward to it!




    I'm not sure if it's an asset or liability but I tend to remember just
    about everything that leaves *any* kind of impression. Your efforts, I
    can assure you, left a most positive one.


    --
    -John Steinberg
    email: not@thistime.invalid

    ....And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped.
    --Sir Bedevere

 

 

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