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need help

Postby newbie on Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:31 pm

I am a newbie to telescopes but am looking for a good one that i can hook up to my pc

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:26 am


There is no telescope or telescope accessory that you can attach directly to a computer and view quality, real time images of what the telescope sees on a computer screen. Many GOTO telescopes allow you to attach the telescope to a computer to control and move the telescope from the computer, but this will not allow you to view images.

If you want real time images of what the telescope actually sees, the only option is to mount a high resolution surveillance camera (we don't carry) over the eyepiece and use it to feed images to a computer via an RCA cable or USB cable. These HD security cameras, though, are often more expensive than the scope. There are also some less expensive third-party webcams appearing on the market for this purpose (not something we carry, sorry.

You could try a Meade DS-2130 for a telescope. To control your DS telescope from a computer, instead of the handcontrol, use the Meade #506 Astrofinder, 04513, If you have a USB port, only, on your compuuter (no serial port), you will also need to add the RS232 bridge cable, 07507
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