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    Default Orion Starshoot Deepspace II camera, anybody have an idea on how it works? lol



    bought one of these cheap off ebay, i suspect the camera actually works ok and the drivers etc are installed, the camera recognises the dark of a night sky and then pointing it towards a streetlight etc the screen goes white so that tells me its working att hat level but getting it to focus on something (and yes it is attached to my scope) is another matter, with so many on screen menus im sure its something in there thats effecting things

    does anybody have any experience with these older cameras and have an idiots guide for one, i plan to use it as it was intended to begin with, then maybe as a guide camera later on

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    Default Re: Orion Starshoot Deepspace II camera, anybody have an idea on how it works? lol

    There's nothing in the camera that will affect focus. The main difficulty in focusing is knowing which way to move the focuser so I like an approach where the right way is a given.
    Its easiest to focus in daylight but you need to be able to point at something a long way off. The further the better. Start with the focuser all the way in. To focus on things further away you need to wind the focuser in. To focus on closer objects you need to wind the focuser out. Anything on earth is going to be closer than anything in space so you wind out till you get focus. You might not be able to focus on anything as the focuser may not have enough outwards travel. That in itself wont prevent you doing astro imaging so just leave it wound all the way out.

    Next, at night, point at the moon and you will need to wind the focuser in to get focus. As above it is possible you wont be able to focus on the moon but based on your OTA specs you should be ok.

    Once you have the moon in focus you can fine tune by pointing at a bright star.
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    Default Re: Orion Starshoot Deepspace II camera, anybody have an idea on how it works? lol

    ill give it go then, good to know the menu functions are there to tweak the image rather than anything major, bad to know i may not be able to focus on the moon though
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    Default Re: Orion Starshoot Deepspace II camera, anybody have an idea on how it works? lol

    You should be ok. I've seen some examples where folks have used the 200P with a camera and the spec says something about a "Direct SLR connection" so I assume that means it has enough backfocus for a DSLR. Your astro camera should need less backfocus than a DSLR so there should be plenty of room to play with. Indeed, you might even need an extension tube if you cannot wind out far enough to focus.
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    Default Re: Orion Starshoot Deepspace II camera, anybody have an idea on how it works? lol

    Quote Originally Posted by KenGS View Post
    You should be ok. I've seen some examples where folks have used the 200P with a camera and the spec says something about a "Direct SLR connection" so I assume that means it has enough backfocus for a DSLR. Your astro camera should need less backfocus than a DSLR so there should be plenty of room to play with. Indeed, you might even need an extension tube if you cannot wind out far enough to focus.
    yes i have no problem getting the dslr into focus on anything so hopefully it shouldnt be a problem, i have an old barlow tht i can remove the lens to extend it out a bit if required. thanks
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