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    Hello.
    I'm a new 'wanna-be" astronomer. I recently purchased a Celestron 114EQ and a Fuji S4000 Camera.
    The problem is that I can not find the T-ring for the Fuji camera. Is it possible the body of the camera is made by another manufacturer? I can only find Olympus, Cannon, Kodak and Nikon rings. Did I waste my money on the camera? Any help will be appreciated.

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    Have you tried searching on ebay - non of the normal telescope/camera outlets that i tried had anything other than canon, nikon, olympus but did find suitable adapter on ebay for my panasonic.
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    If the fuji is a DSLR, it may use Nikon mount lenses, like the s1 to s5 did- check the manual. (If it has a fixed lens, then you can't use it for prime focus photography, but could still piggyback it, or take pictures through the eyepiece - though the latter is best for higher magnification shots of the moon or planets.)
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    I "think" that the Fuji S4000 doesn't have a removable lens? Yes? No?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dn4cer2000 View Post
    Hello.
    I'm a new 'wanna-be" astronomer. I recently purchased a Celestron 114EQ and a Fuji S4000 Camera.
    The problem is that I can not find the T-ring for the Fuji camera. Is it possible the body of the camera is made by another manufacturer? I can only find Olympus, Cannon, Kodak and Nikon rings. Did I waste my money on the camera? Any help will be appreciated.

    Stumped..
    I downloaded the manual here. I don't find where the lens is removeable.

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    The S4000 is a fixed lens camera.

    It has a 24-720 mm lens, so you should be able to get some images piggybacking it onto the scope, but I doubt this is what you expected... It's a nice camera for taking pictures, but not particularly suitable for astrophotography. JMHO.

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    Hi, Welcome to the Astronomy Forum.

    Connecting a a Fuji S4000 Camera to the Celestron 114EQ. There are several issues that you will have doing this. First your camera does not have a removable lens so this will prevent you from using it as an astrophotography camera for prime focus photography. This is why you can not find a T ring for it. Second, the Celestron 114 is designed for visual viewing only and does not have sufficient back focus to use a digital SLR at prime focus. These are two issues that you will need to work around.

    You can get a camera bracket and use your camera to photograph objects seen in an eyepiece. This is pretty much limited to the moon and planets.

    Piggyback photography offers far more objects in the sky and photographic opportunities. In fact many very accomplished astrophotographers only do this branch of astrophotography.

    The 114 has two tube rings that are used to attach it to its mount. The rear ring may have a 1/4 inch screw sticking out. This is for attaching a camera piggy back to the telescope. If your mount has a drive motor you can piggy back your Fuji S4000 and simply use the camera's lens...which is a good one. You will need a drive motor in RA as you will not be able to manually move the mount no matter how careful you try to be.

    With piggybacking you can capture deep space objects by taking several short exposures and using a free program like deepsky stacker and combine them into one. With the capability of your camera's lens you can do very wide angle shots as well and some close ups of DSOs. Enough to keep you busy for a long time. You will need a remote camera shutter switch or cable.Here are some examples done with a 50 mm fixed lens (nothing like your lens)

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    There may be another issue with the S4000: it does not seem to have a manual shutter timing control ("B" setting), so max exposure is limited to 8 seconds, and I think you need to click the shutter manually because I cannot find any mention of a remote cable/interface other than to transfer pictures.

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    Thank you for your responses.
    I really thought the S4000 had a removable lens. Will try the piggybacking method if the camera supports it. (I haven't received the camera).
    Thank you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Second, the Celestron 114 is designed for visual viewing only and does not have sufficient back focus to use a digital SLR at prime focus.
    I don't know if backfocus is the same for AP web cams as it is on DSLRs, but I had no problem using my Orion StarShot Solar System Color Imager IV on the AM 114 EQ last night.

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