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    I just ordered a Celestron AM 130 EQ telescope and yet to received it. I want to get some advice on DSLR and accessories to take photos. My main interest is Sun/Moon/Planet, at same time I want to try DSO if possible but I wont commit lots of time to it.

    Now I have one Nikon manual film SLR, one point-and-shoot digital camera. So I have following options based on what I have read so far:
    - buy a camera adapter to use my current digital camera. This is the least expensive but I wont be able to use primefocus. If I choose this approach, any suggestion on the adapter?
    - buy a T-ring and T-adapter, optional eyepiece projection adapter to use current film slr. Any suggestion on less expensive accessories since I could not find many reviews online.
    - buy a T-ring, T-adapter, eyepiece projection and DSLR. I am thinking either buy a used Canon XT body only(~$250), or new XSi body only(>$500). I incline to buy a old one since I dont think I need a very expensive DSLR in next few year.

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    Hi BD72 ... as far as camera adapters goes , you might try these guys ... ScopeStuff ...The focuser on your new scope might not be strong enough to support a DSLR or SLR for that matter .. Scope stuff has focusers also , or you might consider a web cam ... Just a thought .....Oh yea , one other thing , once you get your scope expect some foul weather . Its a new scope curse ...
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    Thanks!

    BTW, I am also looking for solar filter for my camcorder (37mm threaded lens) because I want to use it to take solar eclipse this summer. Is there such filter in the market? If not I am thinking to use sun glass/welding safety goggle. what do you think?

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    Hi BD72 . I dont know enough about solar filters to give advice . I do know that there are companys out there that make solar filter material to make your own filter . I have heard not to use baader solar film , as it isent safe enough , although i dont know if there is any truth to it . You might try these guys . www.rainbowsymphoneystore.com/solar-filyer.html
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    I think they are right choice. I will first use to my camcorder to observe moon to see if it is working ok before ordering solar filter.

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    For 10 dollars , how could you go wrong ? Just remember to use a tripod and if you can , manual focus . Sometimes , at least with my camcorder it wants to try to keep on focusing ..
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    There is a reason proper solar filters such as Lunt and Colorado cost

    $$$$

    don't ruin your eyesight or camera by using a cheap filter

    Solar film is only good for viewing sunspots

    DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevorw View Post
    There is a reason proper solar filters such as Lunt and Colorado cost

    $$$$

    don't ruin your eyesight or camera by using a cheap filter

    Solar film is only good for viewing sunspots

    DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK
    I have absolutely no experience on solar filter. My only need is to observe solar eclipse. I plan to take picture with telescope, and to record with piggy-back camcorder. I think a reasonable filter should be enough.

    So what is the right choice, eg material, brand etc?

    Thanks!

 

 

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