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#1 PapaJ

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:49 AM

DSX-90 and Kodak C743-7.1 digital pocket camera.
comments are appreciated.
this is a digital zoom of Sirius.
this should be in deep sky,(sorry).
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 03:26 PM

Jeff,
  Very interesting shot.  How is the camera connected to the scope?  (I have an Olympus E620 that I use with a Scopetronix adapter to connect to my 8” LX200GPS.)  I would like to see how you would do with the moon.
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:46 PM

I just stuck the camera up to the eyepiece,did a digital zoom,adjusted the camera to center the star,prayed , and pushed the button. My moon shots came out, but can't attach here, if you go to CSAS.com and look in their gallery section (Papa J),all the pictures I took are there.

Thanks for looking,

Clear Skies
 
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 01:50 PM

Jeff,
Sorry, but I can’t find anything at CSAS.com.  But anyway, I too was surprised at the images that could be obtained by just holding a digital camera up to the eyepiece.  The problem of course is keeping the camera still enough to eliminate “camera shake”.  Being able to couple the camera to the eyepiece has been a neat trick I have enjoyed.  You may want to try it.  It is wonderful for terrestrial subjects too.  But I have to admit the part about praying before pushing the button is the best “trick” of all.
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:56 PM

This might help....
http://www.telescope...al-camera-mount
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:27 PM

OK,I realy screwed up that website, sooo!,lets try this one.
www.csastro.org and look in the gallery.  I hope this one will work,it should,I looked it up this time. ;D
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:38 PM

Jeff,
  That worked great.  I got to see your moon shots.  I am impressed!
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:21 PM

Not bad for just holding and praying.  ;D
When I can get some more finances I might try the Orion universal camera adapter that firemouth suggested.
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Posted 31 March 2010 - 06:09 PM

Those universal adapters are probably the cheapest way to get the camera really steady.  I have never used one of them but as I already mentioned, I have a different setup that is similar in function.  Maybe firemouth will let us know if he has used one.
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 04:59 PM

I used it and it worked great on smaller camera.
I have a DSLR and it need to be on a tripod, or I can shoot straight through the scope.
The image through an eyepiece has better details IMO.
See for yourself.......

Moon shot.....
Here are some shots with the camera shooting directly through the telescope, no eyepiece used...
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Here are some directly through an eyepiece....
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If you use a larger Field of View eyepiece you can get more of an image.
My DSLR does not have live view on the LCD so it is really hard to focus at night through the viewfinder.
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 08:40 PM

Hey firemouth, did you ever figure out your 2114 problems?  ;D
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:39 PM

Firemouth,
  It is always a pleasure to look at (you know, those really good astrophotography shots)  and then always a little disappointing to see what  I wind up with, but I guess we do pretty good for a bunch of guys that wish we knew what we were doing, fooling around with digital cameras.  I get similar results as you with my scopetronix rig.  Here is where I gotten so far.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:30 AM

Are you guys using the black and white setting on your cameras?
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 02:01 PM

I shoot in color and then convert to black/white in photoshop.

I never had a single problem with the 2114, it is performing excellently for a battery powered(8 AA), 4.5", $200 Sam's Club Special! All my problems are with my CG-5 Celestron Mount that has my 6" refractor on it. LOL

I actually really like the 2114! It moves in and out of the house in less than 5 minutes, tracks well, and locates fairly well.

Russell, I think some of the softness we see in our photos is motion blur when we snap the photo, and some of it is the cameras ability to handle low light situations. I really want to get my hands on a Nikon D90 for a weekend and see how that does compared to my Sony A200.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 07:17 PM

Jeff,
  I just shoot in color.
Firemouth,
  Camera movement from pressing the shutter is certainly a problem but I use a timer function that lets me press and release the shutter and the camera counts down a while and then takes the picture.  But consider this shot.
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  It seems that the softness is more a matter of the camera being overwhelmed by so much light and no contrast.  The shadows in a half moon seem to really create depth and contrast.  And certainly “seeing” conditions dominate the show. (My humble observation anyway.)
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:33 AM

Most of this lot have been taken with digital cameras:

http://philippugh.fo...alleryMenu.html

There's also a few tips and tricks here:

http://philippugh.fo.../bookindex.html

This one has a large lunar section:

http://philippugh.fo...enceAndArt.html




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