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Ist Post - Orion Imaging Eyepiece

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I have had a problem with my posts not being available for approval - Robin replied to my email and I'm trying a different browser. I tried twice and they just disappeared.

I have an older Meade LX 200 and it came with an also old Orion Imaging Eyepiece circa late 90's early 2000's. No drivers per Orion and yesterday a cheap adapter (analog video to usb) arrived. Have not had time to test it yet. The camera is 640 x 580 pixels, color.

I was wondering if this may work with Sharpcap - and if not what program would? I first asked this on Thursday before the adapter arrived but still would like feedback. My intention is to just gain experience before getting a better camera - up to about $300 should anyone have suggestions.
I'm tempted with the NexImage 10 as I can use some Amazon points to discount it a little.
Any advice on Sharpcap and camera upgrade appreciated.

Thanks.
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Hi Dave,

glad you got your posting issues sorted :)

Is the Orion eyepiece one of these? https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/3231 ... eo-camera/

If so, I expect the video output is a composite video feed, so in theory a USB video grabber may work for you. These can be used in SharpCap, but unfortunately they are not all created equal... Some cheap ones off of Amazon/Ebay are rather hit-and-miss in whether they work correctly (or even whether you can find working drivers for them). The consensus seems to be that the best ones are the proper Ezcap.tv ones from http://www.ezcap.tv/ (I have one of these and have previously tested it with SharpCap).

One thing to note is that the electronic eyepiece doesn't seem to have any way to control the exposure time - depending on what the default is set to, you may be rather limited as to what is visible using this device - beware of throwing good money after bad...

cheers,

Robin
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Thanks Robin,

No, it isn't the same. Mine is all black model 8633 (I think).
I downloaded Sharpcap, attached the camera via usb and all I could see was a gray blur. I was not in a position where I could attach to my Meade and was about to give up - but I have a cheap Orion scope - not much more than a spotting scope really - and I attached it all to that - and I had some success.
The Orion is quite flimsy on it's tripod but it worked to a degree. If I knew how to attach PDF's I'd attach the datasheet for the Orion camera.
My next step is to set up on the Meade. So the usb grabber works - and only $10.
After that it's getting a better camera and again - any suggestion welcome.
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Hi Dave,

well, good news that you got an image out of your old camera and the USB grabber!

Before you spend more money on a different camera, I'd suggest seeing if you can first get a terrestrial image from your current set up (roof, distant tree, etc) and then try for an image of the moon. All good beginners stuff and it helps you decide what upgrades you need to think about - If you can keep the moon nicely in view but the camer struggles then upgrade the camera, if tracking the moon is a problem then you need to think about the mount, etc.

cheers,

Robin
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