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Review of Phil Dyer Video Camera

Roger Samworth

March 2015

 

I always wanted to look through a telescope and see those wonderful images of planets, spiral galaxies, nebulae etc etc – didn’t we all? It doesn’t happen, of course. The main problem from light polluted skies is contrast. Increasing aperture (I am now up to 12”!) doesn’t help much as it makes everything brighter and does not improve contrast. You can take long exposure photos, and I really admire the people that have the technology, patience and determination to integrate hours of exposure to produce the brilliant images that we can all see. Unfortunately, I do not possess any of the above mentioned traits – I am much more down the instant gratification end of the spectrum. I have toyed with various things such as image enhancers etc, without a lot of success.

Then I discovered the PD Colour Video Camera!

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The PD Colour Camera

This is what Phil Dyer says about the camera. I have no connection at all with Mr. Dyer, but as far as I can tell, it is all true!

“PD cameras are the latest generation Huviron CCTV cameras, selected for their supreme sensitivity, and modified by us for astronomy uses. The PD video camera is so wonderfully versatile, that you will quickly find it indispensable for most of your astronomy activities.

First of all, it’s so easy to use. You don’t always need to connect it to a telescope. You can use it with small lenses, camera lenses and the like, on small photo tripods. Very light, very transportable. Easy to set up (plugs to any TV).

It’s powerful. It packs a lot of power into its small size. Whatever lens system you use it with, will seem 4 times bigger – so your 50mm camera lens will match any 200mm scope in magnitudes. And even the small lens supplied will show wide views and all those stars you miss out on due to

light pollution.

It’s flexible. It has the sensitivity to display deep sky objects in real time, but also the speed and flexibility to display brighter objects like the moon and planets, and even fast moving objects like meteors and man made satellites.

It’s adaptable. You don’t need to connect the camera to a PC/Laptop, but you can if you like. All cabling, software, etc is provided. Then you can process your observations and dramatically increasing the sensitivity and sharpness of images.

It’s shareable. You can easily share with others. A whole crowd can view on PC or TV screen – even indoors with the telescope outside. No more standing around in the cold waiting for a short turn at the eyepiece. All this might sound quite complicated but its simple really, and these specially written instructions are designed to have you up and running within a few minutes.”

Click here to read a more extensive article on the PD camera with photos

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PD camera kit

Click here to read notes on PD camera and its use (Powerpoint file).

Click here to view Roger’s presentation on using the Phil Dyer Video Camera through double glazing to take amazing pictures from the RAG meeting May 2015.

 

Other important documents related to use of PD camera:

 

Click on this link to read advice from Peter Hill to Andrew when he bought a Phil Dyer camera second hand June 2015

Click here to read about Andrew’s successful tests on the new PD camera, equipment, software and settings involved to achieve this 6/6/2015.

 

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