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My very first attempt at Astrophotography - 2008

Home Made Camera Adapter

The Camera

The Camera

The Camera - Canon A460 - 5 mega pixel

 

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The Home Made Adapter

 

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Camera & Adapter Attached to my 6" Reflector

 

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The Camera & Adapter Attached to The Meade LX10  8" SCT

 

    I made this camera adapter out of three small plastic containers. The very inner container is a plastic vitamin B (or Multivitamin) container with the bottom cut off. The next container, in the middle is a film camera container with the bottom cut off. The outer container is a Tintex dye container with the bottom cut off. The inner container has a piece of paper (printing) lined inside to make it a more snug fit on the camera lens. The whole thing is painted a matt black inside. The two inner containers are cut shorter than the outer one to allow enough of the eyepiece to sit nicely inside. I have added three screws to hold the adapter to the eyepiece and one screw to lightly hold the camera lens in place. The main problem you may have with a lot of digital camera's is they turn them self's of automatically after 60 seconds and retract the lens back into the body of the camera. This is why there is only one screw to hold the lens, and only very lightly incase I forget and the camera turns itself off, but offcourse if this happens while you are away from the scope the camera will drop to the ground with a thump, so be very careful, and never leave it attached when not actually in use. This camera only cost me $99 on E-bay so it is a very cheap alternative and does get some results as shown below. All shots below are taken with this camera and adapter.

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The Moon

 

 

Taken with a hand held Canon PowerShot A460 at the eyepiece. Left image is the original and the right after some image processing. Eyepiece had a green moon filter attached

 

 

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13-05-08 - 6" Reflector

13-05-08 - 6" Reflector

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13-05-08 - 6" Reflector

 

14-06-08 - 6" Reflector

The above images where processed from stacked images exported from video and edited in Photoshop using Astro

image's Deconvolution plug-in

Moon - 13/05/08 - Video taken on my 6" reflector -  This will play in a separate Window in Explorer..

Moon - 14/06/08 - Video taken on my 6" reflector -  This will play in a separate Window in Explorer..

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Full Moon  21-07-2008

 

 


Saturn

 

My first attempt at Saturn with a canon A460 attached to the eyepiece of a Meade LX10 8"

A Stacked image of some of the exported frames from above using photoshop.

 


Sol

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Sol - A460 Canon - 6" Reflector - Partial exposure with Sun filter -14/06/08

 


Jupiter

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Jupiter with the Canon A460 attached to Meade LX10 eyepiece - 14/06/08 - x400 Magnification

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27-05-08 - Meade LX10 203mm

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Some Video Of Jupiter with the Canon A460 attached to Meade LX10 eyepiece - 14/06/08 - x400 Magnification - Seeing was about a 4.

 

Jupiter - 14/05/08 - Video taken on my 150mm reflector - Note the three Moons              :) This will play in Explorer..

Jupiter - 27/05/08 - Video taken on my The Meade LX10 203mm -  This will play in a separate Window in Explorer..

Jupiter - 27/05/08 - Video taken on my 150mm Reflector -  This will play in a separate Window in Explorer..

Jupiter - 14/06/08 - Video taken on my The Meade LX10 203mm  (as above in you tube)-  This will play in a separate Window in Explorer..


Jupiter / Venus Conjunction - 02/02/08

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Jupiter / Venus - 02/02/08 - Queens Beach - Redcliffe - 3am AEST

 

Jupiter / Venus - 02/02/08 - Video taken with the Canon A460 at Queens Beach - Redcliffe at about 315am  AEST, This will play in a separate Window in Explorer

Jupiter / Venus - 02/02/08 - Video taken with the Canon A460 at Queens Beach - Redcliffe at about 3.20am  AEST, This will play in a separate Window in Explorer

 


Star Clusters

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Messer 7 taken with my 150mm


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