After imaging Saturn in my last post, I wanted to see if there was a low cost camera currently available that would be a little more sensitive but be available off the shelf. I have read an article and a modification of the Microsoft Lifecam camera online, by Camera Modification expert and imager, Gary Honis who says a lot of good things about this camera. Therefore, I went to the store and purchased the camera and removed the lens per Gary's instruction.
The next clear (or reasonably so) night, I tried it out. The pixel size on this camera must be quite tiny, as this is the image I caught of Jupiter using only the 3X barlow.
There are 2 moons visible. On the right, thats Io about to duck behind the planet, and Europa has just started its transit in the lower left. The moons are round and sharp,
I also attempted a shot using the 2X and 3X cascaded. I found that the planet was still plenty bright with less noise than I was able to capture with the Quickcam. However, the conditions that I was imaging in was quite windy, and with the larger telescope, the wind rocked the scope too much to do a useable image. I'm going to post a very blurry, but bright image of Jupiter. Keep in mind, this is not a focusing issue nor is it a problem with the camera, but is mainly an issue with the wind shaking the scope at such high magnification. I believe that under less windy conditions, an image this size should be even better than the smaller one above.