I recently received one of these cameras on loan and have been testing it under a range of applications to see how it does. I have done both deep sky observing with it as well as solar system observing/imaging. I have posted many of the images captured into an album on Flickr:
I am pleased with how the camera performs on solar system objects. I need to do some more work on using the dark frame correction when observing deep sky objects, but so far it looks like the camera is doing okay on these types of objects as well.
Welcome to the forum jim,you will find it abit more relaxed than cloudy night's,read a lot of your posts there over the years,funny enough one of the members was talking about your posts about filters the other day.
Had a look at your images jim,cracking detail showing on moon,saw the deep sky shots your talking about,be good to see comparison on the image when you sort out the darks,, usual you learn how to use one bit of software then out comes another and it's start again time.
Thank you for the warm welcome. I hope to find a bit more of a laid back forum here. CN is starting to really rub me the wrong way.
I had a chance to do some more deep sky observing with the DS2.3+ this past Friday. I think I am getting the hang of the dark frame correction, at least when using the MallincamSky software. I am pretty pleased with my results. I've added some images to the same Flickr album linked above.
Totally understand about CN. But we are pretty strict in here about not just product bashing but also product pushing, so don't be shocked if any posts from anyone that seem over the top in a negative sense or an overly commercial sense disappear
That's what makes this Forum a whole lot more peaceful.
We have given Vendors there own area to promote products. Some never used it so they lost it, some abused it so they lost it. Others still have their sections open.
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thanks for the compliment jim,and ken has explained the reason why its got an easy going appeal this forum. we the admin only guide the forum,this forum is run by members for the members,we don't need to push sponsor products,or bash others,,we are totally free of all that carry on,,this forum is purely about advancing video astronomy,,we laid down guidelines to what we regarded video cameras ect while other forums argued over it all....if someone who joins the forum they are expected to follow the one rule...no bullying..end of story,this covers members and vendors.we also don't have any profanity filters in place..we are all adults and this forum treats all as equals.
cloudy nights can be a bit full on,but there are a hell of a lot of folk on it with vast experience and I respect,just cant go the confrontational attitudes at times,,there mods are hard pushed,,we have it so easy here as admins and mods the members are fantastic..great family feeling to a great hobby,,enjoy our forum jim.
Jim, Welcome! I'm glad to see you posting in this forum. I've followed your posts on the Mallincam Yahoo forum and on your website for some time. With the needless drama associated with the CN EAA forum and the pending sale and thus uncertain future of Yahoo groups, I am hopeful more folks will migrate to this forum. I look forward to reading your future posts with the DS2.3+ camera.
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Jim, I too have see your posts for years. Very helpful they have been too! Great that you've put up some 2.3+ shots. I saw ChrisA (think it was) post some glob shots somewhere and thought it looked very good. Nice number of megapixels so good sharp detailed images, nice colors. Your shots really show its potential. Very versatile. Thanks for that.
My experience over the past week trying to share my results with the DS2.3+ on different forums has really opened my eyes. Without any other information one would assume that the different forums are for the most part fair and open, and that the users are fairly evenly distributed in experience and in the brands of products they use. Well evidently this is not the case. While there is a portion of the users that are fair and open, there seems to be a core group of users (and moderators) who steer the content of each forum. Sometimes the steering is subtle and other times not-so-subtle. For example I am fairly sure if I posted this entry on CN it would quickly be deleted by the moderators.
Ken has posted numerous times on other forums inviting people to this forum, and now I understand why. I'm sorry it took me so long to get here!
Hi jim,I have seen your posts and that they have been deleted on other forums, as we said were a bit different,we give folk a chance,we have our members rule and vendors rules,unless a rule is broken we let folk have a fair say,,in your situation we know you test mallincam products and were unshure on your intension on joining and posting,as you know we done a joint venture forum for mallincam,that was endorsed by rock but wasn't supported to the degree that would make it a success, then due to the "" break up of nsn "" and at rocks request we deleted mallincam forum... few folk may look at this and have there opinion on this post...but this forum has an openess and I dont believe in saying anything behind closed doors,, you are very welcome on this forum jim and your participation in making it better is good news for the forum,most have seen the quality of posting in cloudy nights and we hope you enjoy your stay here...davy
I do test a lot of Mallincam products, but this should not be a surprise since I live in Ottawa and Rock is a member of our astronomy club. The thing that has really ruffled my feathers recently is I also test a lot of other camera brands too. I believe I am pretty good at presenting them all in the same light. If they work well then I'll say so, if they don't then again I will say so. I thought my efforts to be objective would mean that people would accept my posts on each brand of camera the same, but that did not end up being the case, at least on CN and SGL anyway. I understand the rules of this forum and I will do my best to present material in an objective manner.
No problem jim,,I was giving you an honest opinion on you joining other forums,and you have posted your opinion back and we appreciate that..so its a new start for you here,and as you can tell a few members including myself have read your posts for many years and appreciate your efforts in promoting video astronomy,so all good here :-)
Welcome Jim! Glad to see you here and looking forward to interacting more than we've been able to in the past. I know I speak for others when I say that your knowledge and experience has really helped me out.
Thank you for the links to your work with the DS2.3+. I think the results that you've gotten for planetary are quite good and are on par with some of the better planetary cameras I have seen. With DSOs, I think you've done a great job of teasing more out of the camera than anyone else I have seen to date. I just question the camera for DSO use without stacking. But it's still early and I think there are more tweaks for people to try and possible software enhancements that can help, too.