Summary: I'm sorry - but try as I might I cannot get ANY sort of image out of this thing no matter what I do, or what software I try. If others are getting pictures from this thing...PLEASE share your secret with me...
very disappointed with this product – overpriced. Forget about getting any planetary images
rikkipoo "tony", Amazon
11 June 2014
Summary: I have nothing else to compare this product to, because this is the only imaging device I have bought for my telescope. I bought it about a month ago and have used it quite often. I'm rather disappointed with it. I I agree with most of the two star reviews on this site . it will image the Moon okay but forget about the planets. It also makes a reasonable terrestrial imager. It is basically just a web cam and not a particularly good one at that.
Summary: PROCHASE THIS PRODUCT , FROM AMANZION.COM. / ON 05/2014, TO TAKE BETTER PICTURES ON VERY SUBJUCTS ON MY TELESCOPE , VERY LIGHTWEIGHT -- CAMERA TO PROGRAM THUR THE COMPUTER. AN RECORD TOO/ AN TOO TAKE BETTER - OBJUCTS . GREAT PRICE FOR THIS ITEM.
A few dead pixles, but better than modifying my own web cam.
Kyle Hug, Amazon
4 May 2014
Summary: There's a few dead pixels that were instantly noticeable on first use, but I guess it does the job well enough for the price. The included Mac software is clunky but also does the job with plenty of options for controlling the image. I haven't tested it on Windows. It's better than having to modify/destroy a regular webcam like a lot of people have been doing.
Summary: The shipment was received immediately and at the door of my house. The structure of the camera is good. It only works for planets with good shots of light intensity, not meant for faint deep sky objects. But it is a home appliance but knowledge of the sky.
Summary: This camera, for the price, could be a whole lot better. Taking pictures of "nearby" planets is a study in frustration. It needs filters, multiple exposures to stack, and unless you have a motorized telescope... it's almost impossible to get a clear shot. For the moon, make sure you use a filter to cut down the light - it's really sensitive to light.
Summary: I'm surprised that this works on linux at all, but the V4L2 framework just recognizes it as a Sonix SN9C201 and most webcam packages will be able to capture images. There is a fair bit of sensor noise so you'll want to put some effort into calibration and noise removal in your processing software. It's not possible to disable auto exposure, and under linux the brightness and contrast controls don't work - this may be a problem with the V4L2 framework.
Constant Crashes w/ OS X Mavericks - clunky software...at best
24 January 2014
Summary: So I've only been using this for about 2 days and I must say... I don't like it. I've been practicing during the day with it and although it says that it works with a Mac now it DOES NOT seem to be compatible with Mavericks. It will basically crash every single time the camera is connected. I've gotten it to take video on my MacBook Pro (mid-2012 version) only once without it crashing (and this is trying over 30+ times).
Summary: I have used this device several times. I am able to get a photo during practice during the day time, but I have considerable difficult getting a clear focus at night time. My moon shots are not focused and when I tried to focus on a planet like Juptier I get only get a black screen. The manual is very brief and doesn't help. I can not find a support number.