Internet Age Astronomy
The StarSplitter is the perfect tool to bring astronomy into the Internet Age. In a world of live-streaming and social media, capturing real-time video through a telescope opens up a world of possibilities. If you are a museum, planetarium, or research institution, the ability to livestream an astronomical event can be an important outreach or publicity tool. If you are an individual, it can be fun to livestream the view through your telescope to friends and relatives who may be anywhere in the world or who don't have access to a telescope.
If you attach a wireless video transmitter to a StarSplitter Video Astronomy Solution, you can transmit the video signal from a telescope to distant areas. This could be ideal for museums and planetariums, where guests in different parts of the building could see a live view of what a telescope is looking at. For special events like eclipses or comets, where many people want to look through the telescope, this is a great way to engage the public more and give them something to see while they are waiting in line for their turn at the telescope. It's also easier for the local media to get a sample of the video feed or videotape the public with a TV screen in the background showing the astronomical event. This can help with popularizing and getting favorable media exposure for your museum or planetarium.
If you want to record and archive an observing session or astronomical event, you can use a framegrabber and computer to digitize the video stream and save it. This can be useful for stellar occultations, asteroid flybys, or other events where timing is important. You can also save the views through your telescope and post them as video on YouTube.
The video output from the StarSplitter Video Astronomy Solution is compatible with streaming services such as YouTube, Google hangouts, and Skype.
You can use the StarSplitter Video Astronomy Solution to stream real-time video of deep sky objects and astronomical events over the internet. Here is a recording of the Youtube livestream of the September 27, 2015 total lunar eclipse. The livestream was able to be viewed by people all over the world, especially those for whom the eclipse took place during the day or who had bad weather.