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The Camera (Connection Diagram)



Video Output
The Astro Video Camera provides a provides standard Composite video signal out by the BNC connector on the back of the camera

Power in
The Astro Video Camera requires 12V 1amp power from an AC to DC converter or 12V DC power supply.

OSD Input

The Astro Video Camera has an OSD remote control




Connecting the Astro Video Camera to your Computer  

Hardware Requirements:

Computer with video display software such as WxAstro or AMCAP.
USB Video capture adapter .
Dual power/video cable.
OSD cable and control pad
12 Volt AC to DC power adapter.

Software Requirements:

You will need any software package that can display an image from your video capture device. Some suggestions are:


USB Device Connected to Computer and Video Cable

Using The Astro Video Camera for the First Time

Now is the time to do a quick check of the Astro Video Camera to see if you can obtain a video signal. This walk through assumes you have connected the camera and the capture software is running and capturing the video signal.

Another quick option would be to connect the Video Camera to your television by using the composite video input highlighted in yellow

Typical Television Video Connections.


Press and release the Centre Button on the Back of the Astro Video Camera or at the end of the Remote. If everything is connected and powered correctly, you should see the following image with EXPOSURE Highlighted.




With the EXPOSURE selection highlighted (icon is brighter or blue), press the Centre button on the back of the camera to display the exposure settings. Match the settings on the right by using the UP and DOWN buttons to move from option to option, and the LEFT and RIGHT buttons to change it.

The highlighted option will indicate what you can adjust with the arrow keys (buttons). The arrow key choices will appear after the option’s current vale. For example: in the last image, the EXPOSURE setting says NORMAL, and it has a DOWN arrow and a RIGHT arrow after it. This indicates you can change the EXPOSURE settings by either pressing the CENTRE button (which indicates there is a sub-MENU in that setting that you can access by hitting the CENTRE button ) or the RIGHT button (which changes the value of current feature). For our example on EXPOSURE if NORMAL was selected then pressing the RIGHT button will change its value to BLC, but now you will see that there is also a LEFT arrow option available to use. This way you can use the LEFT button to go back to the NORMAL setting or press the RIGHT button to go to the next value. If you pressed the CENTRE button when NORMAL was selected, the second MENU will appear, but in this example just giving you the option to RETURN to the previous MENU.

Now we want to set the SPEED to AUTO (this is just a simple setting, rather than playing with exposures). The SPEED setting is inside the LENS setting. Select LENS with the UP or DOWN Buttons, Press the CENTRE Button to select it, and you will be presented with the LENS MENU. Using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons, change the speed to AUTO (or if you want to experiment, any other value of your choice that matches your current seeing). When set select the RETURN option with the CENTRE Button to go back to the EXPOSURE MENU

If you select the EXIT rather than the SAVE/EXIT, the ICON MENU will shut down, but the Astro Video Camera will reset itself to the last saved settings.

If you do not press any of the buttons on the Astro Video Camera for about 3 minutes, the ICON MENU will turn off, and the camera will return to the last SAVED settings.

These settings are just a starting point for your observations and you can adjust the settings to match both your equipment and seeing conditions. The next step in your learning should be to read the OSD MENU  in the Support page to get an understanding what the settings do and how they react to each other. This will save you hours of frustration when you are just adjusting the setting to try to improve your image.