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How to Hack a Webcam for Telescopes and Microscopes – The Wired Homeschool

I posted this video to YouTube in 2006. It’s the most “viral” video I’ve ever produced—receiving over 300,000 views.

It’s a simple instructional video showing you how to modify an old webcam to use with a telescope. You could even adapt this for use with a microscope if it has interchangeable eyepieces. Simple hacks like this are a fun way to introduce your kids to scientific topics.

Grab that telescope that’s been collecting dust in your basement or closet and go out at night a make some moon videos! Post them on YouTube or send them to me and I’ll be happy to include them here. If you post your video on YouTube, put a link to it in the comments below.

Once you’ve hacked your webcam, check out this article on capturing images and how to use your new toy.

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