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    Default Attaching a camera to Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ



    Hi guys

    I have the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ and I would like to know how to attach a camera onto it. Has anybody done it?

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    Default Re: Attaching a camera to Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ

    Physically attaching the camera won't be too difficult. However, it is not likely to be worth the effort.

    If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, you can just hold it up to the eyepiece. There are afocal adapters available that will hold the camera in that position if you find yourself doing a lot of that.

    If you are using a DSLR, then you need to remove the diagonal and replace it with a T-adapter and a T-ring. The adapter is generic; the ring is specific to your camera brand.

    The problems you are likely to encounter are:
    - Balance. You have just added a bunch of weight to one end of the scope.
    - Tracking. That is a manual mount, so you will have no reasonable way to track the moving sky. This limits you to extremely short exposures ( < 1 sec)
    - Focal ratio. The scope is an extremely "slow" one, meaning that it will require long exposures, which you can't do because of the mount.

    So, realistically, the only targets you will be able to image with it will be the Moon, and perhaps Jupiter. If you have a hankering to do astrophotography, you should begin researching what is needed for a rig that will do a better job.
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    Default Re: Attaching a camera to Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ

    Thanks Keith for your reply. I only want to photograph the moon actually. So I just hold the camera to the eyepiece then

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    Default Re: Attaching a camera to Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ

    Attaching the camera and taking images would be very ambitious on your behalf.

    As Keith points out, perhaps a better approach may be to hold the camera up to the eyepiece and capture images of the Moon as a start.
    Many members here have done just that with some amazing results.
    So we look forward to your images!

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    Default Re: Attaching a camera to Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ

    What Keith says is correct. I have a similar scope the Vixen 70mm f 12.9 and I also started with taking pics of the moon. I have a dslr with a T-adapter and T-ring. On my Vixen I can screw the adapter directly to the focuser after removing the 1.25 ep adapter. I've had fun taking pics and video. I'll try to upload one of my pics (having trouble w my computer). enjoyIMG_0895.JPG

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    Default Re: Attaching a camera to Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ

    Hi Stelios et al
    I'm basically in the same position as you. I have been using my DSLR just holding it against the eyepiece. Of course, the problem is that you can't help some blurring. Also, I find that however I angle the camera, I just can't get that pinpoint focus which I can see when looking through the eyepiece, such as Roland898's image. Any suggestions as to why this is?

 

 

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