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    I've seen other people use their telescope to take pictures of stuff in space. What do they use to do this? Is it possible for me to take my cell phone camera and take a picture of objects in space through my telescope? Is there some kind of accessory to do this? I've always wanted to take images of deep sky objects.

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    Actually,I believe their is a adapter that is designed for cell phones out there?!.I have seen some pretty impressive images taken with a cell phone and telescope.
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    the cheap route is a web cam,with adapter to fit your eyepeice.

    like you i recently asked a similar question.
    then found out i dont have enough cash to jump right in.

    your looking at $2000 for a budget astrophotography setup.

    some people have fair results with the cell phone trick.
    as stated....i think an adapter is out there.

    the experts will chime in soon to help.

    what scope do you have.
    a goto eq mounted refractor is whats gonna be recomended.

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    AmateurAstronomer, Afocal photography (shooting through the eye piece) is possible with a cell phone camera. Query for "Orion steadypix" for examples of Ipod or camera holders. These are not expensive (I own a camera one). You can simply try holding your phone to the eye piece for a bright moon shot and validate quality for yourself before buying or making a holder. A holder would become necessary for other shots, and it would be ideal for the phone to have a timer as to allow the scope to settle and not shake. Otherwise, the web camera idea is an excellent next step to capture close ups of the moon or planets. You should read about the video and stacking process and Registax is a good software for this (again some learning involved). Beyond this you will enter the prime focus realm, attaching a camera directly to your scope instead of the eye piece. Again, a new set of skills to learn. It can be challenging to identify the camera you want, the process to use, and the software to assist you, but learning is part of the journey. Welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewD View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmateurAstronomer View Post
    I've seen other people use their telescope to take pictures of stuff in space. What do they use to do this? Is it possible for me to take my cell phone camera and take a picture of objects in space through my telescope? Is there some kind of accessory to do this? I've always wanted to take images of deep sky objects.
    Taking images of the moon, the Orion nebula, maybe Andromeda, all with a cel phone should not be too problematic with the Orion Steadypix already mentioned.

    What may lead to some confusion is you mention "deep sky objects" which although the Orion nebula and Andromeda galaxy are members of, but they are likely to be the only DSOs you will be able to catch with a cel phone camera.

    If you are talking about the majority of DSOs, you will need much more than that.

    So lets clarify what it is exactly you want to take images of. Do you like examples or links to somewhere that has the type of images you want?

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    Cell phone cameras do poorly with regular daytime photography. The lenses are much to small on these cheapo cameras. A good digital camera or digital SLR camera does much better at taking astroimages.
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    just the DSLR - or CCD - whilst you can get some excellent 'snaps' of stuff with point and shoot, you're not going to get long exposure shots because they don't do them and the chip size is too mall for the outcome.
    Compression losses also make a big difference - I'm no astropic snob, you'll have fun with a phone or webcam particularly with the moon but you won't get anything outside the solar system.
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