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    Lightbulb Astrophotography with the Philips SPC900NC Webcam



    I am hoping to use this camera (Philips SPC900NC Webcam) for lunar, planetary and solar imaging. My wife was nice enough to purchase it after i searched for a long time, and found it new and still in its box for $50 US with the 1.25" eyepiece adapter included. Let me know if you have this webcam, and have used it for astrophotography please below as a post!

    Technical Information:

    • Sensor: CCD
    • Sensor resolution: VGA
    • Max. (interpolated) photo resolution 1,2 MP (1280 x 960)
    • Max. (real) photo resolution VGA (640x480)
    • Max. video resolution VGA (640x480)
    • Max. frame rate: 640x480@15fps
    • Lens: F2.2, D55°
    • White balance: 2600 – 7600 k
    • Min. illuminance: < 1 lux
    • Color depth: 24 bit





    see pictures taken with the webcam:
    http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w...PC900NC&m=text


    Webcam Calculator:
    Webcam Calculator v1.0
    This interactive calculator gives you the field of view and pixel resolution of any webcam using a Sony ICX098BQ CCD chip. This includes the Celestron NexImage, Philips TouCam Pro/Pro II, SPC900NC & ATiK Instruments ATK-1C.
    How to setup the webcam for astrophotography:
    How to Add an Eyepiece Adaptor to the Philips SPC900 Astronomy Webcam

    Paid mods to the webcam (you can see modded images of the webcams):
    Astronomiser - Automated Astronomy and AstroImaging Solutions


    RAW mod for Philips and Logitech Webcams:
    http://www.astrosurf.com/astrobond/ebrawe.htm

    A long exposure mod:
    http://home.versatel.nl/m.m.j.meijer/D_I_Y/spc900nc.htm

    Using the Toucam and Philips webcam with VISTA (i use XP):
    http://www.azcendant.com/VistaToUcamInstall.htm
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    Wow nice find. I also just found one on ebay. Still need to find the eyepiece adapter. I may just make my one. Will see once I get the camera. So any shoots with it yet?

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    hi,
    no i haven't received it... probably a good thing as i still have to study for exams :P

    yeah they are selling the eyepiece adaptors for 20-30$ alone sometimes so i think we got a decent deal. You can easily make one but they were cheap at the source i found so it wasnt worth the time to make one. if you want pm me and i can send you a link if you are interested.
    Is the one on Ebay already modded?

    clear skies!
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    Can one of these be modified to be used as an autoguider?

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    yes, i did post a few threads in here about that. They need several serious mods to them, including a large guidescope in decently dark skies to be able to get guidestars. For $50 or so if you can get them though, just for imaging they are a steal. For guiding, they are ok, but for serious guiding you probably would be more happy with a DSI PRO which is much more sensitive, an Orion Starshoot autoguider, or a QHY5 which are the cheapest of the guiders for the price and best ones/most popular.


    Im posting a link below:
    Autoguiding with a Philips SPC900NC Webcam Autoguider

    I have seen a lot of people autoguiding with these however, but my guess is they are either using a large guidescope or are in dark skies (or both). I don't think in my light pollution i can get away with using it but i am going to try and let you know.

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    Thanks for the info.

    EDIT: good luck with the tests
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    That was the most widely used CCD camera for sometime by alot of folks. You can still find them from time to time like you did. Nice job scoring one.
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    thanks Mike it was not easy by any means lol
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    Well I just wanted to update you folks. I received my webcam the other day and I am loving it. I still have to get use to using the software but so far its awesome. Here is a video stack of jupiter that I took just 20 min ago. Enjoy

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    great shot! i like the fact you have moons in there too
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