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Modified Webcams...

Philips ToUcam Pro II PCVC840K

 

After many years creating innovative modifications for webcams, astronomiser is drawing this chapter to a close. Since Philips ceased production of the SPC900NC and SPC880NC cameras, this work has dwindled away and it is no longer practical for me to retain a full set of parts and sensors for this work so I have decided to stop doing this work. It has been some years since a webcam has been developed with a CCD sensor where it's possible to control the exposure timing externally to the camera, with the emphasis on greater numbers of pixels and CMOS sensors, where the timing electronics is built in to the sensor making it impossible to control the exposure times remotely.

Down the years, we have made and modified many hundreds of cameras using our own in-house specialised modifications with the emphasis on using parts and methods that reduce (or at the very least) don't add to internal noise. We developed our own housing methods and sensor replacement methods for sensors such as the ICX618ALA and using work from Steve Chambers and Martin Burri, developed our own long exposure modifications.

This is a sad time for us, but all things come to and end and so it must be with astronomisers work with webcams.

We have a few ICX098BL B&W sensors left which can be fitted to Toucam Pro, Pro II, SPC900NC, NexImage, Cameras...
Once these are gone, that's it.

Focuser Adapters...
Adapters to replace your webcam lens to fit it to your telescope.

Parallel and Serial to USB Converters and extensions...
Convert a parallel or serial camera to USB only.

Software for Webcams...
Advice, information and tutorials for using webcams for imaging - includes Windows Vista information.


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