Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I was playing with my 5mm ortho eyepiece on my 13" last night, looking at the moon and Jupiter, but the seeing wasn't good enough.  But I did take a picture of Clavius with my Canon G7 through my Hyperion 13mm.  Not as sharp as I'd like.


  1. I was curious if you were doing any astro-photography. This is a nice shot at this high magnification. I've viewed the Moon at around 243X on my 10" reflector and get some nice views and wondered what a bigger mirror might yield, very nice!

    I've thought of doing astro-photography but have only a Nikon D60. Is something like this compatible for this type of use or does one need an attachment to the scope?


  2. I don't do almost any astrophotography except of the moon, and not much of that. My best attempt is here, with an 8".

    You can do pretty decently just by hand-holding the camera to the eyepiece and photographing. This works fine for microscopes, too.

    With a DSLR, you can dispense with the eyepiece and the lens, which is nice. I only have cameras with fixed lenses.

    You need a 1.25" (I think) T-adapter for the telescope end and a T-adapter for the camera. (Google will help.) You can only photograph things that are really bright like the moon and bright planets, since for any length of exposure you need tracking.

    But I suggest you first try just handholding the camera lens to the telescope's eyepiece and seeing what happens.

  3. I like that idea, not just because of its simplicity but because it sounds less expensive ;). I may try to get a pic of the moon tonight since we finally have a clear night.

  4. If you have a point and shoot with a smaller lens, you might find it easier, as you can get the lens closer to the eyepiece. I had decent results with a Sony DSC-P100.