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Telescope camera mod

Craig Smith sent us these pics and note:

My telescope is low end in the scope-world, a 60mm refractor. But I discovered the eyepiece is the same size as my digital camera telephoto lens. My digital camera is low end in the camera world, too, a 3.2MP. But put them together with a custom PVC sleeve aligning lens-to-eyepiece, and I’m getting awesome moon shots. Here is the moon on 11/5/09. I added a camera support arm also, a quick adjustment of the tripod leg’s wing nut, and I’m all aligned to photograph the skies.

6 thoughts on “Telescope camera mod

  1. Nice setup! Now a couple of suggestions:

    (1) Minimize vibration. Try different shutter speeds. You might even add a dark filter so that you can open the main shutter for perhaps 1 second, and in the middle of that, use a piece of cardboard handheld in front of the telescope which you move away for only 1/4 second or so.

    (2) Use RegiStax software (free at to sharpen the image.

    Michael Covington
    Author, Digital SLR Astrophotography and other books

  2. Thanks for the tips. I do plan to get a nicer scope, something like a 5″ reflector. Perhaps our 10MP will work with that. Also I have no moon filter or city light filter. Funny thing is with my cheaper camera, the one plus second delay between pressing the button and the picture being taken always cheesed me, but with the telescope mod, that delay lets the vibration/movement cease between pressing the button and picture taken.

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