Live (occasionally) Solar and/or Lunar Imaging

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Description of my remote controlled observation setup

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Equipment used:

8" f10 Meade LX200 (with 3" off-axis solar filter for solar images), remote controlled from inside the house using Earth Centered Universe (a planetarium program) and/or ACP (Astronomers Control Panel), a remote control panel for the LX200 telescope.

PC23C video camera from Super Circuits at prime focus, modified to prevent video gain from rising on small bright targets. Capture contrast will be adjusted to hopefully allow seeing detail on the limb.

Capture device:
ATI All In Wonder Pro video card at 640 by 480 resolution.

Webcam software:
WebCam32 a Windows 95, Windows98 and Windows NT application which allows video camera images to be displayed within a web page.

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