Share practical advice and tips on making your own kit
Sun May 18, 2008 5:23 pm
Having just taken a look at the Website that accompanies Michael Covingtons excellent "Digital SLR Astrophotography" book I followed the following link...
Having a cheap Seagull 2.5X right angled finder and an old V-Gear TalkCam Pro hanging around I decided to give it a go...
Best bit was the "lens ring" on the front of the Webcam was a snug fit into the aperture on the RA finder so it all just pushed together...
The Insulating tape is just to lock off the various adjustable focuses around the place...
Uses AMCap to view the "realtime" video from the webcam whilst focusing.
All I need no is clear skies to try it out...
Sun May 18, 2008 5:40 pm
That should take some of trial and error out focusing Billy.
Sun May 18, 2008 5:56 pm
Should speed up getting the initial focus and cut down on the number of test shots....
only time will telll...
What do stars look like haven't seen them for a few days :(
Sun May 18, 2008 7:20 pm
Looks good Billy' i hope it works out for you.Mark
Mon May 19, 2008 7:13 pm
Not sure Billy, went out about 9 30 last night and it was bearly dark enough to make any out. So grabbed a book, and before i knew it i was at work wondering where the weekend had gone.
Mon May 19, 2008 8:20 pm
Still haven't had a chance to try it celestially...ain't work a Bi**h [:@]
Tue May 20, 2008 1:16 pm
Looks nifty that Billy - I'll have to have a go sometime for my 400D
Wed May 21, 2008 2:00 pm
Hey Billy, gr8 idea, your'e always up to tricks arn't you, and good ones at that :)
I'd say that's a marketable product, as an alternative to a 450D!!
Slap that onto a 400D and away you go!
Wanna make me one? [:D]
Wed May 21, 2008 3:06 pm
Cant take any credit for it as I saw it here...
and decided to give it a go...
As I said the seagull finder comes of ebay and the V-Gear Talkcam pro is a push fit into the end of the Seagull so no assembly or "adaptors" required :)
Still havent had a clear night to try it yet :(
Tue May 27, 2008 1:20 pm
Finally got round to testing it last night.
At least on a fibre star the Talkcam was carp..only giving any form of image when you were within a fraction of focus...so its probably going to mean sacrificing a SPC900 which should perorm much better. The priciple seems to work just got to implement it properly...
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