Marnix Praet has send us the following review of one of our USB astronomy cameras. As Marnix's primary language is not English, I have taken the liberty of correcting some of his text. The corrections took place at a linguistic level and not a content level. The review has also been slightly shortened into a blog-sized post.
First Impression Of New DMK USB 2.0 Camera
I am very pleased with the concept of a USB DMK camera. I have tested it on the almost full moon at rates between 15 and 60 fps and I have not lost one single frame - fantastic!
The software works fine by me. No complains about that.
The camera offers some good features: a nice histogram settings panel, while you are taking AVI's. The noise reduction - a super feature for bad seeing conditions - great!
One small point: If you use noise reduction, you may see a raster on your image after processing with RegiStax.
The software is great. It works fine, without freezing and I have no bugs found for now.
The chip is a little on the small size, but its sensitivity is enormous.
I have taken some shots of the moon with my Meade apo and have tried out different filters, such as IR PRO, IR blocking, H-alpha.
This USB camera is a breakthrough for astrophotographers, who wish to capture the Moon and planets. It was a great experience and a pleasure to work with such a good camera (USB 2.0) and great software.
And a fantastic first night out.