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    Default How Useful is This Wifi Telescope Camera?



    I was looking for a simple converted webcam for drift alignment and I found this wifi telescope camera.

    Smart 1.25" 2.0MP Webcam WIFI Electronic Eyepiece CMOS USB Telescope Camera Lens | eBay

    I doubt the camera will be recognized by any of the alignment programs since they expect connection by USB or am I wrong in my assumption? Apparently the cam is powered by an external powerbank but I am not sure if there is enough software support for it. What do you think please?

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    Default Re: How Useful is This Wifi Telescope Camera?

    The real question is whether or not the camera will be recognized by a program like PHD2. If it's not, then you're wasting you time using it for drift alignment.

    Since it communicates via WI-FI, I doubt it will work.

    Perhaps it is worth explaining a basic idea. Not sure if the others will agree, but it comes from my own experience.

    I started out doing drift alignment with NO guide scope and NO guide camera. I just used the camera I was going to use for imaging (it happened to be Canon 450D) which I could connect to APT (a very good program for capturing images if you're using a Canon DSLR.

    So if you're just starting out, I would avoid buying extra stuff that you don't really need to get started. There is SO MUCH you already have to master that you want to reduce the amount of equipment to a minimum early on. You can easily do drift alignment using just the main imaging camera.

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    I appreciate your advice.
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    Default Re: How Useful is This Wifi Telescope Camera?

    I'd try to find it on amazon or something with a return policy and take a stab at it!
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    Default Re: How Useful is This Wifi Telescope Camera?

    That's a pretty healthy price tag for a webcam.

    Also noted it has a very odd power input 5 volts?!

    Lastly wonder what kind of download times it would have compared to a usb2 or 3 connection.
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