Astrophotography With Just Your Iphone!
OVERVIEW by Tammy Plotner: Are you ready for a really cool, new product? Then you’ve got to check out the Orion SteadyPix iPhone Adapter! This dandy little piece of equipment is a felt-lined clamp which attaches right to any 1.25″ eyepiece (and barrels up to 1.5″) and works with the original iPhone, iPhone 3, 3GS, 4 or iPhone 4S.
DETAILS & SPECS: The bracket holds the iPhone camera lens directly over the “sweet spot” of your telescope’s eyepiece and allows you to take great pictures of things like bright deep sky objects, the planets, the Moon and sunspots. Now you don’t have to be a professional, or have a lot of expensive equipment to do some astrophotography! “Ok so what’s the cost.” (Foget the cost, I’ll tell ya later. Ed)
The Orion SteadyPix Telescope iPhone Afocal Adapter even lets you display a live view of the image projected by your telescope on your iPhone screen so it acts like a “real time” monitor. This is a great idea for those who like to share the view with family and friends. The monitor mode is also great for outreach and allowing those with mobility issues to easily see what the telescope sees. What’s more, the SteadyPix iPhone Adapter can even let you attach your iPhone to a photo tripod for wide-field pictures without a telescope.
Take beautiful astrophotos through any telescope with your iPhone! With the Orion SteadyPix Telescope Photo Adapter for iPhone, anyone with a telescope and an iPhone can easily take stunning pictures of the night sky.
The SteadyPix iPhone Photo Adapter securely couples an iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G, or original iPhone to a 1.25” telescope eyepiece so you can take high-magnification pictures through the telescope using the iPhone’s built-in camera. The sturdy, steel adapter bracket allows the iPhone’s camera lens to be positioned directly over the 1.25” telescope eyepiece eye lens for afocal eyepiece-projection photography. Since the iPhone camera is positioned right where your eye would be, it’s easy for anyone to start taking pictures of night sky wonders, no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are in the hobby of astrophotography.
” C’mon. seriously…what’s it cost” (Don’t worry about the cost,that’s coming up, check what it can do. Ed)
At night, capture high-resolution images of the Moon’s cratered surface and take astrophotographic snapshots of bright and interesting planets like ringed Saturn and gigantic Jupiter. With practice and a bit of patience, you can even capture images of some bright deep-space objects and the International Space Station (really)!
The fun doesn’t stop at sunrise either. Use the SteadyPix iPhone adapter during daylight hours with a refractor or Cassegrain telescope to take superb high-magnification snapshots of distant wildlife and scenery. With a properly sized solar filter attached to any telescope, you can take daytime snapshots of broiling sunspots on our nearest star with your iPhone.
Another great feature of the Orion SteadyPix Telescope Photo Adapter is how it lets you display a live view of the image projected by your telescope on your iPhone screen. Now you can share beautiful real-time views of the night sky with friends and family by using your iPhone as a mini telescope display monitor! No more lining up to wait for your chance to view, everyone can observe at the same time when using an attached iPhone as a cool mini display screen. The SteadyPix iPhone Photo Adapter can also attach your iPhone to a photo tripod for steady wide-field pictures without a telescope.
The Orion SteadyPix Telescope Phot Adapter for iPhone includes a felt-lined steel eyepiece clamp that fits standard 1.25” telescope eyepieces with housing diameters up to 1.5”. A larger clamp for bigger eyepiece housings is sold separately (see suggested accessories). For best results, you may need to remove your iPhone’s protective case before installing in the SteadyPix Telescope Photo Adapter.
“I’m getting cranky… How Much!!!!!” OK, the unit sells for AU$75 and secure post and packaging is $15 Australia wide.
* “Where Do I Get One?”
Glad you asked. This unit was supplied to me by Ron Gibson from Sirius Optics in Queensland. Thanks Ron, the unit was worth waiting for.(They sell out quick). SIRIUS OPTICS carry the widest range of Telescopes & Binoculars in Queensland, including Telescopes Accessories, Spotting Scopes, Night Vision Equipment, Microscopes, Magnifiers, Low Vision Aids, Rangefinders and Tripods.
We guarantee competitive prices. Sirius Optics is Queenslands premier retail store specialising in the requirements of the astronomy, birdwatching and scientific communities as well as the general consumer. We have over 18 years of experience in servicing these needs. We offer a wide variety of known brands with a diverse product line up and very competitive pricing.
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