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Polar Scope Cam Mod

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Published on Feb 23, 2011

A modification using an SPC900NC webcam and a 99p plumbing part that allows live camera view through your polar scope. Saving no end of sore necks, bad knees and wet bottoms!

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John Stringer
Just made one of these - genius idea. Now need a clear night to give it a go :) https://www.flickr.com/photos/jstr/36880430721/in/dateposted-public/
Benjamin Budts
Genius, thank you
Frank VdE
"just snaps of.?." The three end points from the legs of my focuser just broke of :( Where is Mac Giver when you need him.?.
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WalamusPrime
@LaserMan I seriously doubt this would be sensitive enough for southern hemisphere.
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astronomyshed
NEQ6 and HEQ5 mounts have a red led polar scope illumination.
Elliott Astro-Imaging
How do you get the red background to the view....I went out last night and tried it out and Polaris was on the screen but the diagrams were invisible because it was dark out....what did you do to get a red background?
astronomyshed
Microsoft lifecam cinema works ;)
universalsailor
A couple of years down the line these Philips webcams have started to get sought-after and so quite expensive because people like to use them for entry-level CCD imaging, so it might be an idea to recommend a cheap and cheerful CMOS webcam to use as a dedicated polar alignment aid. Something that can pick up Polaris and maybe the dimmer Octans stars, but would be so-so as an imager. Any ideas?
astronomyshed
Orientation is irrelevant, if polaris is in the small circle it doesn't matter which way the camera is rotated, it's still in the circle. 
astronomyshed
@michaelgossage You can, if you want, open it up and kill the led, to be honest, I haven't on mine and it has no detrimental effect to performance, but the easy way would be to just put either a piece of tape over it or paint it with nail polish.
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