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    awesome!!!

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    Its a FOV problem that you are experiencing. My NexImage camera does the same thing. The problem lies in the size of the imaging chip. My DSLR give me a larger FOV because the sensor is so much bigger. Then I can crop the picture.

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    Thanks for posting about using the Xbox Live Vision camera with a telescope - together with some information on another forum (not sure if I can give the link - must reread the forum's T&C), I was able to try this at home

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    Thanks for starting this thread - with your help and some disassembly photos on another forum I was able to give this a try myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjac View Post
    Thanks for starting this thread - with your help and some disassembly photos on another forum I was able to give this a try myself.
    Your welcome. Try shooting from outside when it's pretty weather. Thought a window will always degrade the image. Also you might try installing the driver for the x-box live vision camera, then give SharpCap a try. It's a free software to capture your images. It has many settings. Also get you a real webcam adapter if you can. They sell them on e-bay. And also pick up a Neural Density Moon Filter, and a IR Block Filter, and Maybe a light pollution filter.

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    Thanks for the advice NCAstronut - I agree that shooting outside (weather permitting) is very sensible, although I've yet to find out first hand just how much difference it makes.

    Sadly I'm using an Apple Mac, not Windows, so SharpCap is not an option. I'm currently exploring alternatives...

    Earlier tonight I ordered a pre-made webcam adapter (in the hope it will screw into the Xbox Live Vision with its nose cone cut away) and an IR filter (to double as a dust preventer). I'll have a read about Neural Density Moon Filters later.

    Cheers.

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    Great info! I have this same camera (Live cam) and am planning on using it if I can.

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    As a follow up, is removing the ir filter on the 360 live cam necessary? I have yet to purchase an IR cut filter for the 1.25 to 12mm adapter that will attach the cam to the scope. I read on another forum someone said that they just hooked it up as-is (leaving the factory installed ir filter in place) and were able to get good results. What is the consensus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davesinn View Post
    Hey, do you have any of the technical specs on the XBox 360 live vision webcam that you have for the Philips SPC900NC?

    I was also wondering what motivated you to move to the Philips SPC900NC.

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    I've looked all over for this as well, but have not found anything

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    Got a chance to take this out tonight. Horrible conditions... very humid, warm day, cold night = lots of dew.

    Anyway, I managed to take a few photos...

    I learned a few lessons tonight.

    1. Dew sucks
    2. Xbox live cam does not NEED really low exposure settings... It is capable, but these blow out Jupiter's moons if turned down too far.
    3. 1280x960 is a waste of time, doesn't appear to be any quality gain by shooting at this rez, only lower framerate
    4. focusing and centering is tough - switching between eyepiece and cam is time consuming
    5. Grab as many frames as possible... 30 seconds did not seem to be enough in a few of my videos

    I used registax and also avistack2, and frankly I like avistack2 a bit better. I could still learn a lot though. I'm happy I got the opportunity to take a few photos with the recent rain.
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