Connecting camera to Telescope


Coriander

Link Posted 25/02/2009 - 13:02
Confused...help..! I have a Meade ETX125 and K100D that I'd like to marry together to take both close-up wildlife shots and perhaps some basic astro stuff.

I've read some previous forum subjects on astrophotography and how to couple your camera to the telescope but I am not quite sure how this is done. I know you need a T-mount and/or an adaptor but I'm really not sure what I need. I have a mental image of camera + T-mount + eyepiece adaptor + eyepiece attached to telescope. Can some knowledgeable person confirm that this is the correct setup before I start buying? Do I need a bracket to couple camera and telescope to take the weight of the camera off the eyepiece?

Treat me as a total ignoramus on this one! Thanks for your help!
K10D with Grip, 28mm,50mm,135mm,18-55,18-200,70-300mm, Meade 2000mm catadioptric, dodgy tripod and luck

Father Ted

Link Posted 25/02/2009 - 13:10
Yep, you are on the right tracks, sort of.
The T ring adapter fits to your camera. The eyepiece tube screws into that and slots into the eyepiece holder on the scope and you can put different eyepieces into it, if required. YOu can also use it without eyepieces so the scope basically becomes your lens.

It is unlikely you'll be able to use it for any terrestrial ( wildlife )shots. The closest I could focus my telescope was on a block of flats about a mile or two away.
Let's face it, they are designed to focus on things millions of miles away
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.

Coriander

Link Posted 25/02/2009 - 13:37
Thanks for that. So the T-mount fits directly onto the eyepiece? The T-mount will have a screw thread and this is used to fit the eyepiece to?? mmmmm, I think I've got this wrong, no?
K10D with Grip, 28mm,50mm,135mm,18-55,18-200,70-300mm, Meade 2000mm catadioptric, dodgy tripod and luck

Father Ted

Link Posted 25/02/2009 - 16:21
Nope, the T mount fits the camera. The screw thread takes the tube which slots into the eyepiece.
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.

Coriander

Link Posted 25/02/2009 - 20:22
Gotcha! Thanks Father Ted!
K10D with Grip, 28mm,50mm,135mm,18-55,18-200,70-300mm, Meade 2000mm catadioptric, dodgy tripod and luck
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