Philips Webcam SPC900NC (SPC880NC)

Philips Webcam SPC900NC (SPC880NC)

Postby michaelmorris » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:33 pm

[u][size=2]Philips Webcam SPC900NC (SPC880NC).[/size][/u][/b]
[u][size=2][b][i](with[/i] [i]FREE[/i][/b] [b][i]astrophotography firmware upgrade option)[/i][/b][/size][/u]
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[size=2]This webcam was originally designated SPC880NC and formed part of an OEM hardware package. Whilst there are a few minor external differences, internally it is the same as the renowned SPC900NC, with the same circuitry and CCD chip. [/size]
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[size=2]Converting the webcam for astronomical use with a telescope is a simple DIY job and only requires the removal of the lens and screwing in a suitable adaptor (typically around £10 to £19). [size=2]For those interested in purchasing it purely for astrophotography, on request, I can flash the firmware to a special 'Optimized Colour mode and special factory settings' version of the firmware. This give improved sharpness and low light sensitvity, less noise and fewer artefacts. Please mention that you want 'Optimized Colour Mode' at the time of purchase.[/size] [/size]
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[size=2]If you’re handy with a soldering iron you can even convert it to take gorgeous long exposure images of star fields, galaxies and nebulae. [/size]
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[size=2]This camera is brand new in its box, which has only been opened for a firmware update and testing prior to posting. It is recognised by Windows as the SPC900NC model.[/size]
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[size=2]You can download the relevant Windows drivers and software by going to [/size][url=http://www.p4c.philips.com/][color=#ccffff][size=2]http://www.p4c.philips.com[/size][/color][/url][size=2][color=#ccffff] [/color]and typing SPC900NC in to the search bar at the top of the web page. Drivers are available for all versions of Windows from Windows 98SE to Windows 7.[/size]
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[size=2]Only £34.99 + £2.99 p+p[/size]

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RE: Philips Webcam SPC900NC (SPC880NC)

Postby uplooker » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:53 pm

[quote]ORIGINAL: michaelmorris

[u][size="2"]Philips Webcam SPC900NC (SPC880NC).[/size][/u]
[u][size="2"][b][i](with[/i] [i]FREE[/i][/b] [b][i]astrophotography firmware upgrade option)[/i][/b][/size][/u]
[size="2"] [/size]
[size="2"]Converting the webcam for astronomical use with a telescope is a simple DIY job and only requires the removal of the lens and screwing in a suitable adaptor (typically around £10 to £19).[/size][size="2"][/size]
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[size="2"]Only £34.99 + £2.99 p+p[/size]

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Mike, that seems awfully exspensive, as you say it is a simple DIY job. It is possible to purchase these webcams for £6-99 delivered and download WcRmac from here to flash the firmware to turn them into SPC900NC:

[url=http://www.burri-web.org/bm98/soft/wcrmac/soft-download.htm]http://www.burri-web.org/bm98/soft/wcrmac/soft-download.htm[/url]

admittedly you need an Windows XP machine or Virtual XP machine to do it.

I have managed to flash 2 off cameras and I am not a computer whizz by any stretch of the imagination.

all explained on another forum

[url=http://stargazerslounge.com/astro-lounge/113567-philips-spc-880-webcams-6-delivered.html]http://stargazerslounge.com/astro-lounge/113567-philips-spc-880-webcams-6-delivered.html[/url]
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RE: Philips Webcam SPC900NC (SPC880NC)

Postby nebogipfel » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:00 pm

Yes, problem is, a few days ago £35 would have seemed a very reasonable price, but the fairly sudden availablity of really cheap sp880's onto the market has kinda changed things.

I suspect the market will be pretty much flooded, most folk who want or need suitable webcams will buy (probably more than one) and hurrah say I. Finally astronomers or wanabees like myself are getting a bargain. [:D]
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