The CCD Camera Cookbook
by Berry, Kanto and Munger, 8.5" by
11.00", 168 pages, softbound, Includes IBM-PC diskette with software to assist
in assembly of the camera and to run the assembled camera, 2 Lbs. ship wt.,
For more information about the exciting world of CCD Cameras visit the Cookbook CCD camera World Wide Web site.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Three years ago
Texas Instruments declared the TI245 obsolete not because of any lack
of performance, but rather that progressive scan imaging has replaced
video interlaced scanning in TIs industrial video camera market.
Since that time University Optics easily found sufficient chips to meet
demand for Cookbook Cameras however, as of early February 2003 University
has been unable to purchase the TI245 at reasonable prices. University
continues to look for a "stash" that are cost affordable. THEREFORE,
WE RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE YOUR CCD CHIP PRIOR TO ORDERING THE BOOK AND
If boards are purchased after the book, please provide software registration number when ordering. Has the cost of a CCD camera held you back from entering this exciting new field? The CCD Camera Cookbook shows how you can build your own 12-bit CCD camera at a fraction of the cost of a ready-made commercial unit. Two extremely sensitive cameras are described in this book. The Cookbook 211 uses the Texas Instruments TC211 CCD chip and produces an image 192 pixels wide by 165 pixels deep, entirely adequate to capture diffraction-limited images of the moon and planets, to search for supernovas in distant galaxies, or to perform precise photometry of stars. The Cookbook 245 uses TI's TC245 chip which can produce an image either 378 pixels wide by 242 pixels deep or one that is 252 by 242 and while it excels as a deep-sky camera it can be used for planetary and lunar imaging, too. If you have access to a lathe, milling machine and a reasonably good electronic "junk" box the cost of materials for the Cookbook 211 will be about $200 and the Cookbook 245, $350. Don't have a lathe and a mill? University Optics offers finished metal parts for the camera head. Purchase of metal parts and other electronics for the Cookbook 245 will then probably be in the neighborhood of $500.00. Book includes ready to use IBM-PC image acquisition software and instructions on how make an accessory that adapts your finished camera into a sensitive and accurate autoguider. In the process of writing this book over a dozen cameras have been built by amateur astronomers and every camera has worked! If you know how to solder, have average dexterity and follow the instructions in this book you can make a CCD camera because the computer aided electronic assembly and check out software included with the book make assembling the camera virtually foolproof.
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