We created an Equatorial to Horizon Astronomy Calculator.
The initial setup was very easy. The camera was a basically one piece. I screwed in the eyepiece adapter and put on the cover. I was going to use it as a guider so was only interested in the USB cable.
There was a small CD with drivers and a manual. I read the manual and it said to install the driver and then test via some included software. That all seemed to work fine.
Next, I looked for updated drivers. The driver was to download the existing one and it removed the included software also. But, I figured the new drivers were probably better. I also found an updated manual.
The manual suggested downloading SharpCap and FireCapture. I downloaded and installed both. They both seemed to connect to the camera and something was displayed though without being in a telescope and preview image was just a solid color.
But everything seemed to be working and ready to try in a telescope.
We created a Hour Angle to Right Ascension Astronomy Calculator.
It has been on my plan to get an USB camera for the next step in astrophotography after trying afocal. However, in planning for the solar eclipse, I thought it would be better if I had a live image on the laptop screen then to have the family take turns looking through the eyepiece of the Lunt telescope.
I had seen a lot of postings about ZWO cameras so did some research into the models. I was thinking about maybe getting something in the $300 range but then decide to get the entry-level model for around $100 figured it would be fine for solar viewing and wouldn’t have to worry if I picked the wrong model.
I selected the ASI034MC.
We created a Right Ascension to Hour Angle Astronomy Calculator.