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Webcam - Philips SPC900NC

The Philips SPC900NC WebcamSome of my photos have been taken using the Philips SPC900NC Webcam. This section provides some information on the choice of webcams for Astrophotography in general, explains how to use this particular webcam, and provides some resources for modifying the camera to take Long Exposures, plus some useful tips on using webcams.

Click here for details of the Philips SPC900NC Webcam.

Scroll down to find photos taken using the webcam.

 

 

 

 

 

The Moon

Let's start off a little tongue-in-cheek with this wierd picture of The Moon which I made by enhancing the picture in Photoshop CS2. I used Levels to bring the contrast right down, creating a very dark moody picture, flipped it horizontally and vertically, and then used a filter called Liquify to create the strange swirls in the lunar seas.

As with all photos in my site you can click the photo to view it full size, then hit Back to return to this page.

To see more (and proper) pictures of The Moon, click here to enter the Lunar Photographs section.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturn

In this section are some photos of Saturn and her moons. Two methods were used; Afocal with a simple point-and-shoot camera hand-held to the eyepiece, and a couple of pictures taken with my Phillips SPC900NC Webcam.

 

 

 

 

 

Mars

Brace yourself for some terrible pictures of Mars as my first attempts at Astrophotography......

 

Jupiter

See my first pictures of Jupiter taken with a webcam. I show both the original webcam movie capture and the resulting pictures after processing with software.

 

 

 

Orion Nebula

Well I am amazed!

Contrary to popular opinion I have used my XT10 and Webcam without motorised tracking to take nebulosity photographs.

See M42 The Great Orion Nebula taken with Orion Skyquest XT10i

Software enhancement, and "a little bit of colouring by me" produced the photo to the left using the scope statically on its dobsonian mount.

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Links

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  • Poor Meadow Dyke Observatory - The official site of Steve Chambers, famed for pioneering the use and modification of cheap, readily available, sensitive CCD webcams for use in astrophotography. Many people have followed his suggestions for making the Long Exposure mod to enable webcams (which normally just take very short exposure movie footage at frame speeds of 5 to 60 frames per second) to take exposures anything from 1 second to 1 hour!! This Guide page in particular is very interesting as it describes how the webcam sensor gathers more light the longer the exposure is, with diagrams showing how photons are collected and converted into electrons, and hence how the modification to the webcam works.