Yeah tracking objects is indeed quite an advanced goal but a cool one to consider, i think for now most could manage a simple setup, webcams keep
getting cheaper and better in quality, i've seen 2mp for next to nothing and because they're so cheap i doubt most would mind modding them to remove
the ir filter or the whole lens setup to expose the ccd directly to a scope which works great.
Here's a general list of some setup ideas i've had in order of advancement, all using basic or decent software for capture on detection etc,
depending on their needs.
1. Webcam pointing out a window.
2. Webcam with ir filter removed.
3. Webcam with a small scope and the lens/ir filter removed.
4. Two or more webcams, ir filter/lens removed, with or without scopes, preferably at least one with and one without, any combination of directions,
possible to effectively increase resolution and field of view in one direction.
5. Webcam with scope, ir filter/lens removed, motorised to scan the sky back and forth constantly, so it's possible to catch stuff close up for a
6. Same as above but with any number of webcams scoped and scanning the sky.
7. Again similar setup to above but with proper motion tracking capabilities.
8. dainoyfb's setup!
There's so many possible combinations of cameras, sensors, scopes, scanning/tracking and software that anything is possible, i reckon with the right
help anyone could manage even a scoped webcam scanning station.