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Date: NA
Price: $895
Design: Black and white CCD imager
Description: Small CCD imager with a parallel connection.  Made in the UK.

Review

This is a British made camera that is reasonably priced and easy to use.

The first clear night I took very clear images of Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon. I needed a laptop computer to operate the unit outside. I went downtown Seattle and purchased a 4 year old Toshiba 133MZ laptop for $200 to control the camera. When done I transfer the images to my desktop computer and process it. The software with the camera was easily mastered and suggests to experiment with the processing. Updates can be obtained through Starlight's website for free. The camera is very light and comes with a 15 foot paralel port cable. Focusing can be very frustrating. to alleviate this problem I purchased a focusing eyepiece designed for this camera from ITE for about $130. Its worth every penny since it simulates the field and focal plane of the CCD.

Submitted by Al Misiuk - AlMisiuk@email.msn.com - Seattle, Washington

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