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Philips Toucam, any good?


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Guest Jamie S

Anybody used a Philips toucam 2 for astro imaging? I know you can upgrade the firmware to that of the stc900 supposedly. It's a cheap old camera and im not after perfect results yet, just want a cheap toe dipping exercise if you know what I mean. Cheers in advance. 😀

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Not used the Toucam Jamie - but yes they are a very dated webcam - one of the first to be modified by Steve Chambers (if I recall correctly) for long exposure astro photography. But if you have one and it still works then there's no reason why you shouldn't have a go with it.


 


I think you may be confusing it with the Philips SPC 900 NC though. I'm not sure if it's the same chip as the Toucam but the upgrade you mention was from the Philips 880 model to the 900. It was just a software upgrade to make the 880 appear as a 900 to the computer - but they did have the same chip.


 


All three are now out of production and hard to get. Hth :)


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the Toucam is an excellent start point if it is the ccd version for planets and the moon


 


you can use the cmos as well but I reckon the ccd is better


 


using free software to run it like Firecapture or sharpcap helps


 


registax5 to stack the results (if you are adventurous registax 6) and photoshop or the free Gimp


 


 


Steve


 


 


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Not used the Toucam Jamie - but yes they are a very dated webcam - one of the first to be modified by Steve Chambers (if I recall correctly) for long exposure astro photography. But if you have one and it still works then there's no reason why you shouldn't have a go with it.

I think you may be confusing it with the Philips SPC 900 NC though. I'm not sure if it's the same chip as the Toucam but the upgrade you mention was from the Philips 880 model to the 900. It was just a software upgrade to make the 880 appear as a 900 to the computer - but they did have the same chip.

All three are now out of production and hard to get. Hth :)

You can upgrade the toucam pro 1 and 2 to the same firmware as the SPC900 nc, it will be recognised as such by a PC and you will then need the SPC 900 drivers, I have all the software and bin files to do the upgrade, have done many.

All the toucam pro cameras have the same sensor the pro 1,2 and SPC 880 and 900

Regards

Olly

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