K3's AstroPhotography
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is Man that You are mindful of him?" -- Psalm 8:3,4

Using webcam in my balcony observatory (Remote Control)


Practical use of web camera for astrophotography requires to have monitor near to observation place to allow to find the observed object and do precise focusing. The best way is to have notebook, but it is very expensive. Because I don't belong to a category of rich amateur astronomers I had to find another way.
In the beginning I had to run from balcony to my computer and back many times to do at least approximate focusing. But my first images were not very good just because of bad focusing. So I decided to utilise my old monochrome (green) monitor with 12" diagonal. My Matrox graphics card allows to use composite video output, so I connected my "green" monitor to it. Monitor is directed to the window in order to watch it from balcony. Furthermore I can use my remote control for PC (about $15) to control my K3CCDTools program.
My 12" green monitor oriented to the window. View to the monitor from balcony.
Remote control for PC. Satisfied user.

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Last Update: 10.11.2001