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.
Summary: Despite having “star” in its name, I could not view stars with the Orion 52175 Starshoot Solar System Color Imaging Camera IV. It works fine for the moon and in daylight for terrestrial objects, but with the included software it seems to lack the sensitivity required for stars. With this camera on my 4-inch reflector scope aimed at the stars, all I ever saw on my computer screen was a black sky. I was surprised to see that some reviewers could not get video to work.
Summary: This is not great camera but for $99 it is not bad. Keep in mind that the camera can only pickup as much light as your aperture and optics will allow. Also a dark transparent viewing location goes a long way. I have tried this camera in my carport with very little success due to light polution. However in a dark sky location it is not bad. If you are lacking aperture or a dark viewing location you may want to consider a more sensitive CCD camera.