Greyscale quickcam Cooling Project - 1/14/00

Discussed here are:

Page 1 - Conversion of greyscale quickcam

Page 2 - First light under frigid temperatures

Page 3 - Herring bone interference problem?

Page 4 - Long Exposure Results

Page 5 - Plans for cooling with peltier device and fan

UPDATE 2/3/00: Cooled Greyscale Quickam Completed - Click here for details

Any advice or comments can be sent to me at:


After converting the Quickcam VC for astro imaging, and being happy with the ease of its use and good results on the Moon and planets, I decided to try conversion of a greyscale quickcam for longer exposures. Dave Allmon's software program QCV2 now allows up to five minute exposures to be taken (Thanks Dave). I bought two greyscale quickcams for $24. I adapted one quickcam using the same method as the VC that I converted. Many sites are on the web showing ways for doing this. Here's what I did:

1. Opened plastic shell

2. Unscrewed optics from circuit board.

3. Drilled 1.5 inch hole in shell

4. Glued T-thread from a camera T-ring adapter over the hole

For the greyscale quickcam I disconnected the yellow wire to disable antiblooming of the CCD. Directions for doing this are on Dave Allmon's site at:

Here is a screen shot of a raw image of the Trapezium taken with the anti-blooming disabled using the QCV2 software:

Yep, looks like the anti-blooming disable fix works! Bright stars are bleeding and they're suppose to.

In my working unit I will add a switch to the yellow wire to enable and disable anti-blooming. I hope that the herring bone pattern I am seeing isn't because this wire has been disconnected (discussed later).

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