The TACOS-BD System was developed by Tony Barry, Dave Gault, Dave Herald and Hristo Pavlov. It is based on the Watec 910BD camera and enables camera control over USB using SPI protocol from the desktop.
The WAT-910BD is supplied as a board camera i.e. no housing.
The TACOS-BD System was developed to solve the problems; how to house, and efficiently control the camera. Design Philosophy
The TACOS BD System is based on the very sensitive Watec WAT-910BD camera.
The control methods and phisical features are optimised for the occultation observer where highest signal/noise and efficient and comprehensive camera control are required.
In our opinion this means video is grabbed straight to PC/laptop using OccuRec, VirtualDub or similar.
An App running on the PC/laptop to control the Camera by mouse clicks, to send commands to the camera via USB.
A robust Stainless Steel Housing manufactured using state-of-the-art CNC laser and pressbrake technology.
All cables exit the Housing-top-deck to allow the camera to swing through the forks of an LX90-8 telescope to allow access to the zenith without the need for a star diagonal.
Camera Connections (L-R); USB Mini-B (camera control), BNC (video out), Ø2.1mm 12vdc (centre positive)