Hi, Apart from a couple of hours on Friday evening I've had no clear skies for several days. It has been miserable up here and it looks to get worse over the next few days. I haven't even had the new 910 out of it's box yet! cheers, Bill.
Yep, it's sitting there in it's bubble wrap bag.... I was hoping it would get it's baptism this weekend with the Geminid peak but it's looking grim... I might just have to have a peak at the weekend....
The Watec 910HX/RC has an Achilles Heel - a small and delicate 6-pin connector.
To avoid accidentally pulling out the wires most owners secure the hand controller cable (see pics). The cable can also be looped (not tightly) around the top of the camera then held in place with a small threaded bolt / screw.
That's a useful tip if you keep the handset close to the camera. Unfortunately the handset cable is only 1mtr long. Fine if your cam is accessible and close, but not much use if the cam is on the roof. I extended my hand controller cable by cutting the cable 6" from the cam and then adding an RJ45 plug on each end of the cable being careful to keep the wires in the same order on each connector. Then I used 2 RJ45 straight through extension sockets and a 15mtr cat 5 cable to bring the handset down into my dining room observatory/control room. The handset only uses 6 wires, so if you pluck out the 2 spare wires on the cat5 cable from the RJ45, they can be used to carry the signal as well, so you only need one cable to the cam for video and control. Doing this mod means I never have to disconnect the 6 pin connector from the cam. I'll post some pics when I modify my next cam when it arrives.
Well, the sky has cleared and it's first blood to the 910! I've read about noise issues and mines seems to have the "dancing horizontal bars". As it's only been on for 10 minutes I'll reserve judgement.
Alex, yes I noticed this when I took it out of the box. It was a bit smaller than I thought. My old 120n seems positively chunky by comparison. I have however taped the controller lead, coax and power leads together to give some support.
Ooo second Geminid as I type, omg and another! I can't see my spectral systems from this pc but I hope they do as well as this!!!
Dancing bars will be signal interference Bill. I try to keep the power lead away from the video lead as much as possible, and prefer twisted pair data cable with video baluns as opposed to using normal coax. If you are getting lots of captures with nothing but speckle (like cosmic rays)set min(frm) to 3. That should stop it.