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    Question Camera and Telescope Setup



    I own a Nikon Coolpix P100, and a Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT. I'm wondering if I need something like a camera mount to take pictures through my telescope, or would i just hold the camera up to the eyepiece? Also any other information you might think I need to know/understand would be very helpful. Thanks a bunch!

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    You can hold the camera, but it is hit and miss. These holders work quite well.

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    Thanks. How exactly do you secure this onto the telescope?
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    There is also the Zhumell (or generic brand). I have this one and like it very much. How it works is you clamp the, clamp, around your eyepiece. The camera is secured on the platform and then you just move it in and out to center on the eyepiece and click away. You can get some good shots of the moon this way.
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    or make your own - I managed to find a piece of tube that fitted neatly over the lens (minue eyecup) and slipped the camerainto it when it was already switched on and set up to photo - then secured it with a rubber band and clicked away I've got some seriously nice pics with it that way
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    I think ill attempt to make one first, and then if that is a total failure ill buy one. Thanks for all the help!
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    Jennifer gave you a great tip, if you look hard enough in Home Depot in the electrical area, there are lots of potential PVC conduit connector combinations that you can make a rather nice one that will even provide screw in/out backfocus to fine tune your camera focus.
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    Here's the setup that worked for me.
    I secured two heavy duty rubber bands to the barrel of the EP with a small hose clamp to hold it all together
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    wow, that looks remarkably simple. now i can invest that 30$ into some new lens's instead of just a camera mount!
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