Philips ToUcam, 840k, 900nc, Spare parts and accessories available for Newtonians, Schmidt-Cassegrains, Maksutovs,
reflectors, refractors and Catadioptrics. Brands
include Celestron, Vixen, Tasco, Optex,
Mizar, JMI, Takahashi, Obsession, Siebert Optical, Jindu, BYOT, Edmund Scientific,
Coulter, SBIG, Konus, Bushnell, SkyWatcher, Nova
Optical, Galaxy Optics, Star Splitter, Leica and Zijin Mountain.
EYEPIECE DEAL - ANY 6
Plossl PL4mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL6.5mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL10mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL12.5mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL15mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL20mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL25mm $50AUDea
Plossl PL30mm $60AUDea
Plossl PL40mm $60AUDea
These 4 Element Plossls are well made. We modify them and change the Barrels for better performance.
A star's image does not change across the whole field of view.
OR CHOOSE ANY 6!
Foam Lined Carry Case
5mW GREEN LASER POINTERS $115AUD
LASER COLLIMATION TOOL (NEWTONIAN) $69AUD
4X BARLOW ASTRO ENGINEERING POWERMATE $90AUD
8" DOBSONIAN TEFLON BEARING KIT $25AUD
PHILIPS ToUcam SPC900NC
THE LATEST MODEL - $145AUD
MODIFIED FOR LONG EXPOSURE - $285AUD
There are a few differences with the new model.
- 90 frames per second video
- USB 2 Compatible
- photo resolution 1.3 mega pixels
- automatic face tracking
The ability for the new SPC900NC to be used with a telescope looks good. The camera can be
modified for long exposure and an adaptor can be made up to connect to a telescope.
The following link give details of the long exposure modification if you wish to do it yourself:
PHILIPS ToUcam PRO II PCVC840K
CCD CAMERA PLUS SOFTWARE
MODIFIED FOR LONG EXPOSURE $275AUD
FOR ASTRONOMY OR JUST A
GREAT WEB CAM!
Please inquire for the Long Exposure Modification.
Modification includes a switch for changing between Video and Long Exposure.
This allows the user to capture faint objects and stack images using free software from the
With the ability to take video at 60 frames per second, the Philips ToUcam
Pro 840k is amongst the most advanced PC conferencing and Video Mail
(vmail) cameras in the world. Users of Yahoo Messenger and similar, will
find it a delight to use with exceptional image quality and speed particularly in low
The Philips ToUcam PRO II PCVC840K digital camera/CCD Camera can be mounted
onto a telescope, or microscope, to produce images on your PC. The camera has
the ability of seeing in low light, without snowing, making it excellent for astronomy.
The ToUcam is featured in the June 2003 issue of 'Sky & Telescope' magazine and
also the English 'Astronomy Now' magazine.
- 1.2 Mega Pixel still pictures
- Ultra bright images at low light
- Flicker-free video up to 60 f.p.s.
- Built-in digital USB microphone
- 1.25" Threaded for Filters, Anodised Adaptor $45AUD
- Universal 1.25" Threaded for Filters, Anodised and Baffled Adaptor $55AUD
Unscrew the ToUcam lens and replace with this adaptor for a 1.25" diameter focuser.
- ToUcam T Thread Adaptor $45AUD
- Eyepiece Projection Adaptors $45AUD
The adaptor is of the common type which replaces the eyepiece in the telescope's focuser.
These adaptors allow an eyepiece to be placed into the Adaptor for Eyepiece
Projection Photography. The adaptors have a T Thread which screw onto the
ToUcam T Thread Adaptor.
- C Mount to 32mm (1.25") Adaptors $45AUD
The use of the correct IR (Infra Red) Filter makes focusing easier on the planets, and reduces the
bright stars to finer points.
- Baader UV/IR rejection Filters $80AUD
- Schott IR Filters to suit 1.25" Eyepieces $65AUD
- 1000 Oaks Optical Minus Violet Filters $110AUD
Effects of the Minus Violet Filters can be seen on the web site below:
- UV (Ultra Violet) Filters $15AUD
Spectrometer tested coloured Filter for filtering UV. Spectrometer test available.
- Achromatic 2x Barlow (with T Thread)/Adaptor/Filter Holder $70
This Barlow is able to do a number of things. Firstly, its a achromatic 2x
Barlow. Secondly, its a camera adaptor, which is T Threaded,
and only the T Thread Adaptor is needed to suit your brand of camera
or ToUcam. Photos can then be taken through a telescope at higher
magnification without using an eyepiece. Thirdly, the Barlow's lens
can be removed by unscrewing for true focal
projection photography. Fourthly, with the Barlow's lens removed, filters can be screwed in.
- Achromatic 2x Barlow/Camera Adaptor $70AUD
- Apochromatic 2x Barlow $150AUD
- Achromatic 3x Barlow $60AUD
- Apochromatic Astro Engineering 4x Barlow $90AUD
- Focal Reducers 0.6x $95AUD
The focal ratio of your telescope is reduced by 0.6x using the Focal Reducer.
eg. F/10 becomes F/6.
A shorter focal ratio gives a wider field of view and shorter exposure times.
- Focal Reducers 0.3x Extender
eg. F/10 with 0.6x = F/6. F/6 with 0.6x and 0.3x = F/4 $30AUD(eye observation
may be difficult)
The Extender shortens the focal ratio of the Focal Reducer 0.6x
even further giving an even wider field of view and lower magnification.
40mm Plossl with T Thread
- 40mm Wide Angle Eyepiece with T Thread $130AUD
We are now producing 1.25" (32mm) diameter eyepieces which have a
focal length of 40mm and a T Thread on the end. The T
Thread enables many adaptors and T Rings to fit onto the eyepiece.
The clear aperture lens is flat and positioned close to the end
of the eyepiece, to keep it as close to the camera as possible, widening the field.
There are a number of advantages to the system. Firstly, a wide eyepiece
entry hole (clear aperture) of 26mm allowing a wider
field of view for the camera. Secondly, low magnification which doesn't
spread the light of the object as much. Magnification is
derived by dividing 40mm into your telescope's focal length in mm.
Thirdly, other adaptors are not needed to connect the camera
to an eyepiece, only a T Ring thread. Fourthly, the eyepiece can still
be used as a 40mm. Last of all, the system is less than half
the price of other, similar systems.
The 40mm Plossl with T Thread has many faces for camera's, telescopes and microscopes
Imaged with ToUcam & 1.25" Adaptor
Imaged with ToUcam & 40mm Plossl with T Thread
USB EXTENSION CABLES
- 5m Extension cables are available for $18AUD$ or $13US$. This extends the total cable length
to 7.2m. Please contact us for longer lengths.
Information and technical data on the NEW Model Philips ToUcam PRO II PCVC840K can be seen here:
Information and technical data on the OLD Model Philips ToUcam PRO PCVC740K can be seen on here:
Here are a couple of websites from
amateur astronomers using the ToUcam:
This web site shows some effects of using an IR or Minus Violet Filters:
Here are two more good web sites which have more images obtained by the ToUcam:
Modifications (please inquire) and extra software can be used with the ToUcam
to allow stacking of images, long exposures, reductions in noise (snowing)
and basic processing to improve the image. Links to free software and information
can be seen at Cloudy Nights web site:
CLOUDY NIGHTS - INCLUDES FREE SOFTWARE
Baader Solar Film
$45 per 30cm x 30cm (1 foot)
Data Sheet Available
Black Polymer Solar Film
$45 per 30cm x 30cm (1 foot)
Data Sheet available
Telescopes and Astronomy is a dealer for 1000 Oaks Optical
- Solar Filters
- H-Alpha Filters
- Eclipse Viewers
- Nebula Filters
- Anti Dew Systems
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