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Vortex-Vision Webcam

Finally, after years of resisting, the webcam imaging curse has struck me down. Fired by my  enthusiasm and love for the amazing shots of the Sun taken through H-alpha telescopes over the last few years, I invested in the following equipment:

  • Philips ToUcam 840k (off ebay)
  • Asus Eee PC Netbook with Windows XP and 160Gb hard-drive (off ebay)
  • Registax (Free software download)

The webcam itself seemed brand new when it arrived and I sent it off immediately to Astronomiser to have the chip replaced with a more sensitive B&W one, and be supplied with a suitable nosepiece and UV/IR cut filter.

Then, I scoured the Internet for tutorials and information on H-alpha imaging and using Registax and Photoshop Elements to process the avi videos that the webcam captures onto the netbook's hard-drive.

I'll list the best resources soon, but in the meantime, my imaging results are shown here for your interest.


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