Have Polycom FX video conference camera 1024 x780. Could this be used for astro photography? Just curious for a project. Appreciate input.

  • For what it's worth, my first concern would be the resolution. When you consider that your subjects are basically tiny little specks, a low resolution format would be suboptimal and would greatly limit what you could do with it, especially if it has a wider focal length.
    – Mike
    Oct 21, 2015 at 14:42

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You can use the camera for high resolution astrophotography of the planets for example, if you also have a telescope and you're willing to take the camera apart. Some (paid) tutorials can be found here http://www.damianpeach.com/dvd.htm, but you can easily find more info online about the topic. The learning curve is very steep and I'd recommend that you use a specialized camera for this topic as well, some of the cheapest are roughly 100$.

For other types of astrophotography such as landscape astrophotography it's a waste of time to try and use the video conference camera.

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