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iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece

Item# IOPT031
 
2.5

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  • Electronic Eyepiece for telescopes
  • Connect to your computer to image
  • Great for moon and planets
  • Fits any telescope with 1.25" format focuser
  • Also transmits live video
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With the iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece you can experience astro-video and astrophotography for yourself! The iOptron Electronic Eyepiece allows you to view real-time images from your telescope on a computer screen. The iOptron iE Electronic Eyepiece transmits live video images of the Moon, Sun, planets and terrestrial objects through a USB cable to your computer. Images can be recorded for later playback or frame imaging.

 

  • Electronic Eyepiece
  • USB cable
  • Sensitive component: 1/3" 1.3Mega Pixels CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 1280×1024   640×480   320×240
  • Frame Rate: 640×480 Pixels/30fps
  • Sensitivity: 1.0V/Lux-sec
  • Size: 3.6×3.6UM
  • Image format: JPG/BMP 
  • White Balance: Auto/Manual 
  • Operation system: Windows 2K, XP, Vista and Windows 7

Supplier Sku:
8429
Shipping Restrictions:
Only ships in contiguous USA.

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iOptron

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iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece
 
2.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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4.0

Overall a good experience

By Glenn

from GODFREY,IL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Appears Easy To Use
  • Fair Price For It's Usage
  • Quick and Easy install

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Astrophotography

Comments about iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece:

This is a replacement for the 1st one I bought. 1st one was defective (not Hayneedles fault). I called and the return process was fast and friendly. They paid for shipping and the replacement arrived in a very short time, only a few days. Replacement works although I haven't been able to actually use it yet (clouds and rain). This is not a webcam. It's focus is set for a telescope so when testing it during the install the picture is blurry. It installs quick and easy with no issues at all (XP Pro). You will need USB 2.0.

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4.0

Great item

By James

from Palmer,AK

Verified Buyer

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      Best Uses

        Comments about iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece:

        It works as described

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        3.0

        No to bad

        By Justin

        from EL PASO,TX

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good for beginners

        Cons

        • Not Very Detailed

        Best Uses

        • Na

        Comments about iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece:

        Good product but if you want more detail get the 3000 version. Plus you have to buy the software seperate, in order to do the editing you'll need.

         
        1.0

        it turned on....

        By anthony

        from virginia

        Comments about iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece:

        The power came on was the best part. The best bet that you would have is to get a usb camera attachment that fits right over the eyepiece of your telescope. On my Celestron 130 slt this thing could pick up the Moon but it was so big there was no way i could see much. Saturn was not even there and Jupiter was a nice blur. Not good for me. Hope this helps someone get a start on some decent pics!

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Works on Mac, good novice camera

        By Carl

        from Stamford, CT

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive
        • Simple software
        • Works on the mac

        Cons

        • Drivers wrong default
        • May require a barlow
        • Slow to recognize camera
        • Stacking software crashes

        Best Uses

        • Planets and moon

        Comments about iOptron iE1300 Electronic Eyepiece:

        I originally tried to make my own astronomical camera from a cheap webcam. This worked except that I have a mac laptop, and none of the cameras I tried to use had mac drivers. After some frustrating experimentation I discovered that these drivers are essential. The mac might be able to "see" the camera and record video from it, but without control of gain and exposure you will never get a decent image of Jupiter, for example, because the camera will constantly try to overexpose it.

        So, I bought the Orion Starshoot. My main reason for choosing this camera was the higher resolution, and that it came with Mac software.

        The drivers do work for controlling gain, exposure and brightness, which is essential. The included stacking program called "Lynkeos" is pretty easy to use; much simpler than a mac alternative "Keith's Image Stacker" because it has a more GUI interface (more buttons). However, it crashes very frequently. Also, beware that the "default" settings for the camera are wrong for astroimaging, make sure you deselect "auto balance" checkbox, that will lead to overexposure and highly changeable images. Also, the "Webcam Monitor" software (for capturing images) can take quite some time to recognize the camera; often I have to unplug the USB and replug, or restart the computer to get it to show up.

        General tip: You need a good finder scope because the chip on this thing is very small. You need to adjust your finder scope alignment at the start of every session and probably a few times during the session. Focusing is not easy esspecially with vibrations on the scope and the delay of seeing the results on your laptop.

        At first I thought that the Mac drivers for the camera were not working because Jupiter was quite overexposed when I first tried it, even when I brought the exposure all the way down to "1" (out of 100). In fact, the only way I could make Jupiter be anything besides a white blob was to temporarily cover the front of my telescope. When I removed the lens cap jupiter would reappear dark, and very quickly become brighter and overexposed in about 5 frames (this works with cheap webcams, too)

        Eventually I realized 2 things that you have to know:

        1. The default camera settings are wrong.
        2. this camera won't work on my telescope without a barlow lens. I have an 8" schmidtt cassegrain, and I guess the combination of bright images and f10 focal length was too much for the camera. As soon as I used the camera with a barlow, on the 2nd night I started to get some images.

        So, in summary:

        1. Good if you're on a mac and have limited choices for supported cameras.
        2. Camera takes a while to show up
        3. Drivers have wrong default settings, make sure you change them each time
        4. Some scopes MUST have a barlow to use this camera
        5. With good weather and patience you can get some images for sure (it took me 3 sessions to get the nack of it)
        6. Overall, a good option for mac users that wan to start with something cheap and easy.

        Eventually I will graduate to a CCD camera.

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