Can I Attach A Camera To My Telescope?

 

Yes – of course you can

It’s actually quite easy, all you need to do is follow the following steps:

  1. Digital SLR camera

You can do this for all major brands of SLR cameras, digital or film versions are identical with the attachments required

The most popular Digital SLR camera’s in the world are made by Canon & Nikon, they represent about 90% of the Digital SLR camera’s sold globally (example images only)

     

  1. Attaching a “T” Mount

Firstly you need to remove the lens from the camera, and attach a “T” Mount.

This has a bayonet fitting that direct connects to the DSLR body – replacing the lens

The “T” Mount model required is also different for each brand – ie: Canon & Nikon are different as the bayonet fitting on the camera body is different

Available from – http://www.astronomyalive.com.au/astrophotography/cameras-imaging.html

“T” mounts for less popular brands are only available from large camera specialist retailers

  1. Telescope camera adaptor

Then you add a Telescope camera adaptor, this unit screws directly to the “T” Mount’s thread (right hand side of image) – and the male fitting (silver section at left) inserts directly into your telescope focuser

 

Available from – http://www.astronomyalive.com.au/astrophotography/cameras-imaging/saxon-slr-camera-adaptor.html

  1. The completed setup looks like this


 It’s as simple as that

You can even mount standard sized eyepieces “inside” the camera adaptor to achieve high magnification when performing imaging of the moon and planets

 Compact Digital Cameras

Compact Digital cameras are also very popular, and can easily be mounted to your telescope as well (example images only)

 

You merely select a “Compact Digital Camera adaptor” as following

 

Available fromhttp://www.astronomyalive.com.au/astrophotography/cameras-imaging/saxon-compact-digital-camera-adaptor-1-25-inch.html

You merely attach the round head section (at left) over the eyepiece that is already in your telescope focuser, and secure with the adjustment bolt (far left on the adaptor) – Then place the Compact Digital camera onto the three way adjustable platform – with adjustability in all three axes – left/ right – up/ down – in/ out

You then align the light from the telescope’s eyepiece into the centre of the camera’s lens. You know when you have this right when the image on your camera’s LCD display on the back of the camera is filled into the edges and has no blackened corners/ edges (this is called vignetting – and is a misalignment) Final setup looks like this (image shows unit mounted on a spotting scope – same process applies for telescope & spotting scope)