Attach My Camera

Astro-Photography can be a complex topic with a huge amount of equipment and possible set ups depending on intended targets, and this is often too much for a beginner to take on board when just starting out with their first telescope.  That said it is a perfectly natural progression to want to attach a camera to your telescope and take pictures, so in this section we are just going to concentrate on a basic starting point.

Firstly those glorious 'amatuer' Deep Sky Images you see in magazines nearly always involve very long exposures and a considerable amount of computer processing.  The very minimum you will need to attempt this is a solid, accurately aligned Equatorial Mount.  We are very happy to help in this area too, but instead we are going to concentrate on what is possible with the telescopes in our 'Perfect for Beginners' Section.

Using A DSLR

With a DSLR you will be able to take great shots of the moon, and with a bit of skill and patience with the tracking mounts some basic shots of other planets and bright galaxies like M31 - Andromeda will be possible. They wont be 'magazine' standard, but much more importantly they will be your images with you telescope which can be very rewarding.

To attach a DSLR you will need a T-Ring.  This has the bayonet on one side to attach to your camera and a standard T-Thread on the other to attach to your telescope.  Some telescopes already have T-Threads others will require a T-Adaptor in between your telescope and your T-Ring.  If in doubt just ask and we will be happy to advise for your particular scope. Once you have attached your camera to your telescope you will need to do all the focussing using the focusser on your telescope. 

Using a Webcam

By simply inserting a suitable webcam like the Celestron NexImage 5 into the eyepiece tube of your telescope it is possible to capture short video clips of the moon or bright planets such as Jupiter and Saturn.  Using special 'stacking software' like Registax you can then combine all the individual frames in your video to make a single and often impressive image.  Because this process involves taking many short exposures, and the Registax software takes care of aligning them together this is by far the most effective way to image using a beginner telescope.  Of course you will need a laptop too!!
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