Telescope camera adapters: attach your digicam to your telescope!


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I have been an amateur astronomer for the longest time but astrophotography has always eluded me.  I never had the proper equipment and getting a dedicated CCD camera for the purpose of photographing the sun, moon and planets is prohibitively expensive.  A while back, a company called Scopetronix made custom milled adapters that connected point and shoot digicams to a telescope eyepiece for eyepiece projection photography.  Scopetronix went out of business last year but a new company has picked up where they left off.  Just select the proper filter size and choose an adapter that includes a ring that attaches to the barrel of your smaller 1.25″ eyepiece (typically Plossls are used) and a step-up ring that connects it to your camera lens filter thread.  They also carry a line of adapters for smartphones and  T-adapters for different builds of dSLRs.  

Here is their Samsung Galaxy S4 adapter in action!

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Here are two photos I took with my Sony RX100 II of the moon and Jupiter with the eyepiece projection adapter.  Click for the full-sized image!

Jupiter

Moon

You can get the eyepiece adapter of your choice at telescopeadapters.com!  Prices vary depending on what you need.

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2 comments… add one
  • Darrin April 3, 2014, 1:18 pm

    That is pretty cool. I bet with my Nokia Lumia 1020 and 41 MP camera – that pic of Jupiter would come in a bit clearer since I can hold the lens open for up to 4 seconds. I have some neat starry sky shots with that camera just on a tri-pod and holding the lens open.

    Pretty cool… Thanks for the article.

  • pegasus June 18, 2017, 5:24 am

    Hello, I have a Sony RX100 II, the same camera. Can you tell me which DXKit should I choose at telescopeadapter.com? The listed models on the website does not include Sony RX100 II.

    Thanks a lot!

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