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Toucam Pro, Pro II, SPC900NC, NexImage and DMK21 Modifications...

 

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.

Continuing support for existing cameras...

     Webcam Mods...

     USB Only...?

     Software for Webcams...(off page)

     Focuser Adapters...(off page)



Webcam Mods...

Astronomiser has a few ICX098BL B&W sensors left and can do a sensor swap for the ToUcam Pro, Pro II or SPC900NC/ SPC880NC cameras. Once these sensors are gone, we will no longer be offering webcam mods of any sort, though we will continue to support existing cameras.

The ICX098BL is an excellent sensor for planetary imaging, massively improving your camera's sensitivity.

NOTE: All models of Philips webcam (ToUcam Pro, Pro II and SPC900NC) are now flashed to look like a Philips SPC900NC which means they are compatible with windows Vista. All of these cameras are supplied with both the Windows Vista and XP drivers.

USB Only...?

These cameras are supplied with a parallel connection, but a parallel to USB adapter set is available if your PC only has USB ports, see the Parallel to USB camera converter.

wxAstroCapture, a new piece of software for Lunar, Planetary, Deep Sky imaging and Guiding fully supports Windows Vista and the use of Serial cameras and Serial to USB adapters and is free. Astronomiser strongly recommends this software.

Although Serial to USB support is now widespread I would recommend that you check with your software supplier before purchasing a serial camera.

 


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Pricing...

These costs are based on you supplying the camera and include return postage via Special Delivery/ International Signed For, insured for the full value of the camera. The camera is normally returned within 72 hours of receipt or when the cheque has cleared if paying by cheque.

If you would like to discuss modification before sending your camera, then please call me on 07709490738.

Payment Methods...

  • You can send the camera with a cheque (payable to Andy Ellis) - please include an email address or phone number and I will confirm receipt. Do not forget to include a note of the required modification and return address.

  • Use the PayPal Cart 'Add to Cart' button. If you send the camera before making payment via the PayPal Cart system, please note that the camera will be returned only after payment is made and may take longer to return as the job can only be scheduled after payment is received.

Please send your camera to:

Andy Ellis
Astronomiser
20 Langdale Terrace,
Low Westwood,
County Durham.
NE17 7PW

I strongly recommend that you send your camera via Special Delivery or another fully insured Signed For service.

 


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ICX098BL Sensor change mod (for all models)...



Replace sensor with black and white ICX098BL ASTICX098BL £60

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