Supported webcams

Using SharpCap's Polar Alignment feature
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Supported webcams

Post by AstroCri » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:46 am

I am new to Astrophotography

I don’t have a dedicated camera, only a DSLR, but I’d like to use SharpCap for polar alignment
I’ve read that it support almost all webcams.

Can you tell me with specifications I have to look for before buying a new webcam?

Thank you!


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Re: Supported webcams

Post by admin » Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:44 pm


Most WebCams are unsuitable for polar alignment as they are typically unable to take exposures longer than about 1/15 of a second. Polar alignment typically requires an exposure of about two seconds to work correctly. You also have to disassemble the WebCam and mount it in a 1.25 inch eyepiece barrel , which risks damage to your webcam.

I'd strongly suggest buying a supported guiding camera instead – it will make the whole thing a lot less stressful!

Cheers, Robin

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