User Tag List

Thanks useful information Thanks useful information:  0
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Telescope as Lens

  1. #1
    Member johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Telescope as Lens

    Hi All,

    Just wondering if anyone else is using a Telescope as a Telephoto lens.

    I have been mucking about today with my Nikon D40,and Skywatcher ED80,and am very impressed.
    I have been very happy with the Tamron 70-300,but always looking for more reach.

    I bought an old non working sigma lens off Ebay some time ago,stripped it down,and used the body to couple the Camera to the telescope.

    Getting used to Manual everything is the hardest part,especially for a beginner,but I,m very happy with the setup.

    Regards.
    John
    Last edited by johnno02; 15-08-2010 at 10:13pm.

  2. #2
    For the love of what I see.
    Join Date
    28 Dec 2009
    Location
    Yokine
    Posts
    986
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That sounds like an interesting setup.
    Would love to see some images of it.
    What sort of range does it give you?
    Peter.

    Some of my photo's are at www.peterking.id.au

  3. #3
    Member
    Threadstarter
    johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Peter,
    The range is very good,for example there is a Pic of a telephone pole in the next street over from ours
    1 pic is with the Tamron at 300mm,and the next is taken with the Skywatcher at 600mm
    I have uploaded some Photos to Photobucket,and I will try to put them on here.

    Please be aware,I have very little knowledge of using the Camera in Manual mode.

    The pics have not been processed in any way,just resized for AP.















    Hopefully,I have been able to download the Photos.

    The blocks of land here are very long,it is over 30 metres to my back fence,and the spinning air circulator is on the neighbours shed,I would guess the distance to be least 70,or 80 metres,and the telephone post is in the next street across.......It's a fair distance

    You can see the difference between the Tamron at 300mm,and the Skywatcher at 600mm

    Regards.
    John

  4. #4
    Enjoying Life
    Join Date
    09 Oct 2008
    Location
    Summerland Point
    Posts
    1,260
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks like you have quite a set up there. Nice clear shots

    Good luck with it and looking forward to seeing some more images .

    Derek
    Pentax K-3 and some Sigma lens's

    CC always welcome but please ask first.Thank you, Derek

    Trust in God,but tie up your Camel.

  5. #5
    Member
    Threadstarter
    johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Derek,
    Thanks for your interest,I will upload some more shots..............when I get some more practice with using the Camera in manual mode.

    You can see, by the tree near the Telephone pole,how windy it was yesterday,unfortunately its just as bad today.

    Regards.
    John

  6. #6
    Ausphotography Site Sponsor/Advertiser OzzieTraveller's Avatar
    Join Date
    12 Oct 2009
    Location
    Forster- Tuncurry, eastern Australia
    Posts
    1,600
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    G'day Johnno

    I have a mate in Canberra who is into birding, and he has a spotting telescope that he has fitted his little slip-in-the-pocket camera to ~ gets great images that keep him happy

    If it interests you, the web site for these gadgets is...
    http://www.eagleoptics.com/digital-camera-adapters

    Hope this helps ...
    Regards, Phil
    Of all the stuff in a busy photographers kitbag, the ability to see photographically is the most important
    google me at Travelling School of Photography
    images.: flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    17 Nov 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    201
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Careful you don't get addicted to astrophotography

    I had my 40D attached to an Orion ED 80 (750mm) using a T ring adapter I bought cheaply on ebay,
    it worked well & still allowed focus confirmation whilst adjusting manually & could attach to almost any telescope

    Yours is nice and sharp on the close up of the fence post,
    might be real good for whale watching or the like
    Bryan

  8. #8
    Member
    Threadstarter
    johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by OzzieTraveller View Post
    G'day Johnno

    I have a mate in Canberra who is into birding, and he has a spotting telescope that he has fitted his little slip-in-the-pocket camera to ~ gets great images that keep him happy

    If it interests you, the web site for these gadgets is...
    http://www.eagleoptics.com/digital-camera-adapters

    Hope this helps ...
    Regards, Phil
    Hi Phil,

    Thanks for the link mate,
    I also have been doing this for several years,its a great way to get some seriously long distance shots,the only problem is, you have to focus the scope,grab the camera,and take the photo,
    Quite often the bird is gone or moved,by the time you shoot.

    That's why I decided to try my hand with a DSLR...............It's a long learning curve from a point n shoot Mate.

    hope this little digiscoped pic uploaded ok,
    It was taken through the ED80 from my front Porch,distance to the wire connecter on the power pole is around 35 metres


    Regards.
    John
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by johnno02; 16-08-2010 at 11:06pm. Reason: Attach a Pic

  9. #9
    Member
    Threadstarter
    johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by B D H View Post
    Careful you don't get addicted to astrophotography

    I had my 40D attached to an Orion ED 80 (750mm) using a T ring adapter I bought cheaply on ebay,
    it worked well & still allowed focus confirmation whilst adjusting manually & could attach to almost any telescope

    Yours is nice and sharp on the close up of the fence post,
    might be real good for whale watching or the like
    Hi Bryan,

    looks like your setup is very similar to mine,I think the Orion ED80 is exactly the same as the Skywatcher.

    I will have to get an adapter,my "reworked" Sigma barrel is a little too long and awkward

    Here a pic of a Blue Faced Honeyeater taken today at about 15 metres



    Imagine waking up with this laying next to you.

    Regards.
    John
    Last edited by johnno02; 16-08-2010 at 11:24pm.

  10. #10
    Member
    Threadstarter
    johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by B D H View Post
    Careful you don't get addicted to astrophotography

    I had my 40D attached to an Orion ED 80 (750mm) using a T ring adapter I bought cheaply on ebay,
    it worked well & still allowed focus confirmation whilst adjusting manually & could attach to almost any telescope

    Yours is nice and sharp on the close up of the fence post,
    might be real good for whale watching or the like
    Hi Bryan,

    looks like your setup is very similar to mine,I think the Orion ED80 is exactly the same as the Skywatcher.

    I will have to get an adapter,my "reworked" Sigma barrel is a little too long and awkward

    Here a pic of a Blue Faced Honeyeater taken today at about 15 metres



    Imagine waking up with this laying next to you.

    Regards.
    John

  11. #11
    Member
    Threadstarter
    johnno02's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Aug 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sorry,
    Edited post to include pic,and ended up with 2 posts the same

    John

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •