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Old Jun 18, 2004, 1:17 PM   #1
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I want to get into digiscoping and my 2 cameras are a Minolta Dimage A1 and a Canon Ixus V. I know the Minolta will probably have issues due to the size of the lens, but I can't find any information about the suitability of the Ixus.

I have found there is a product called the 'DS eyepiece' from Eagle Eye optics, which is designed for cameras with large diameter lenses, it has a diameter of 43mm. Does anybody have experience of this and if so, what.

Many thanks for your help.

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Old Jun 18, 2004, 2:31 PM   #2
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The EagleEye eyepiece works pretty well with the longer zoom digicams because it has a long focal length which greatly reduces magnification, but it's difficult to say without trying how well it may or may not work with your Minolta. I think Carlo has a page on the EagleEye site which lists the cameras which have been tested and the results one can expect.

The IXUS V would be a better candidate from the perspective of lens size and such, but the issue you will have is finding a suitable way to mount the camera. There are a couple companies which make a mechanical mount which fastens to the tripod mount and then to the eyepiece of the telescope thus holding the camera up in close proximity to the eyepiece.

Give me a couple days and I'll dig out my Canon S100 which I think is very similar to your IXUS V and I'll hold it up to my various eyepieces on my Meade ETX and Swarovski ST-80 HD and see how it performs. We're having thunderstorms, hail, tornados, etc., for the past few days here so will have to wait a bit until the weather clears up to test it.

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The EagleEye eyepiece works pretty well with the longer zoom digicams because it has a long focal length which greatly reduces magnification, but it's difficult to say without trying how well it may or may not work with your Minolta. I think Carlo has a page on the EagleEye site which lists the cameras which have been tested and the results one can expect.

The IXUS V would be a better candidate from the perspective of lens size and such, but the issue you will have is finding a suitable way to mount the camera. There are a couple companies which make a mechanical mount which fastens to the tripod mount and then to the eyepiece of the telescope thus holding the camera up in close proximity to the eyepiece.

Give me a couple days and I'll dig out my Canon S100 which I think is very similar to your IXUS V and I'll hold it up to my various eyepieces on my Meade ETX and Swarovski ST-80 HD and see how it performs. We're having thunderstorms, hail, tornados, etc., for the past few days here so will have to wait a bit until the weather clears up to test it.

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Old Jun 18, 2004, 2:40 PM   #4
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Thanks Lin. Whichever camera I end up using I will probably use a tripod mount. There is a company called SRBFilm who have a bracket which uses the tripod mount on both camera and scope. I would prefer to use the Minolta as it is a much better camera.

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