The Moon Through Our Telescope

5 Mar, 2009  |  Written by  |  under Astronomy

We have a little telescope, and were out looking at the moon a few weeks ago. The image through the eyepiece was just amazing, and I thought I might be able to get a picture of it holding my DSLR camera. It worked out pretty well!


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  1. Bill Miller  |  March 10th, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Nice photo. Have you screwed the camera mount to the eyepiece or is this looking through the lens into the scope? I need to check out my Canon on the moon. 560mm optical equivalent and 10mpxls should look pretty good. What is the resolution of your telescope?

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  2. Glenn Crocker  |  March 10th, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    This particular shot was hand-held, pointing the camera (with a lens on the camera) down into the eyepiece of the telescope. Had to take a few shots to get a decent one, but for such a simple setup, it was effective!

    I have a mount that attaches the camera to the scope as well, but have had trouble aligning it correctly. Not sure why.

    The telescope has a 130mm reflector, focal length of 650mm, f/5, I think. Magnification would have been 26x or so, I think. The photographic resolution quoted is 400 lines/mm. It’s one of these: Celestron NexStar 130

    Camera was a Rebel XT, kit lens I think. Your new camera should do a very good job on its own. Still like it? A friend was asking about cameras today and I mentioned the one you just got.


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  3. Bill Miller  |  March 13th, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Yes, I love my new camera. It will not let me take a bad picture. Well, that may be an exaggeration but it takes remarkably crisp pictures. The long zoom, tilting viewfinder, and motion stabilizer do wonders to extend my range and mobility. I can sit in the car and take closeups of things at a pretty good distance. For example:

    Since I saw your moon picture I have wanted to try mine out (Canon Powershot SX10IS) but it has been overcast. I think I will put it on a tripod and see just how well it does on a clear night. Next full moon is April 20 rising early enough so I will still be awake. I think I will put it on a tripod and see just how well it does on a clear night. With 20x zoom and 10 megapix on a tripod it should be pretty clear. I never had a decent telescope so this might be the next best thing.

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  4. Bill Miller  |  March 13th, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Oops. Next full moon is April 8, sorry.

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  5. Glenn Crocker  |  March 13th, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Yeah, that camera of yours IS a decent telescope!

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