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Old Jan 18, 2012, 4:38 PM   #1
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Default My Dirt Cheap Digiscoping Setup

Scope(actually a lens): Russian 1000mm f10 reflex by LZOS: $125.00 Used
Prism Diagonal: No name: $15.00 Used
Eyepiece: Meade 8-24mm Zoom: $80.00 Used
Adapter: Homemade PVC Fitting: $2.65
Camera: Sony H70: $199.00

The following photos show the Setup all together and resulting photos of lunar features.
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Sony A57 with 18-55 kit lens, Sony A200 and Sony H70
50mm f3.5 Minolta Maxxum macro
24mm f2.8 Minolta Maxxum
100-300mm Minolta Maxxum APO Zoom
70-300 Sony apo G SSM Zoom

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Old Mar 2, 2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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Wow, amazing the amount of detail and sharpness.

Great job..!
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 4:29 PM   #3
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just goes to show you dont need to spend thousands to get great shots
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 1:47 PM   #4
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You have overcome quite a few variables to get these fine shots, including many times poor seeing conditions. Great, thanks. Looks like the back focus is quite liberal. I guess the unit can be screwed directly on a rangefinder camera or allow for 4 of 5 extra inches to go through the diagonal. Can you comment on that? Do you have an idea of how much zoom on the eyepiece you used, and how much camera zoom. Most cameras used for digiscoping only have a maximum zoom of 4. Thanks.
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Congratulations - those are very good pictures.

Cheap refractors like Tasco have objective lenses that are very good too - and they're often found at garage sales for very low prices.

It works both ways as well. People often buy very expensive eyepieces for their astronomical telescopes, but eyepieces that function very well indeed can be removed from old binoculars - also found at garage sales - and mounted as telescope eyepieces. The best quality binocular eyepieces of course come from top quality binoculars - e.g. Nikon and Leitz.
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