Last updated: 21 December 2005
Subject: ETX Gallery - GREAT WEEKEND ! Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 04:51:27 From: James Jefferson-Wilson James (email@example.com) Excellent Weekend here at the UK, especially Sat night, seeing very good. All Details on the image as usual :-) Regards, James Jefferson (JJ)
Subject: How can I view the full moon with Meade ETX and Nikon Coolpix 995? Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 12:52:14 From: KIRBY ALGUIRE (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have a Meade ETX90EC and a Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. I have taken pictures of the moon with a 26mm Meade SuperPlossl eyepiece coupled with a Digi-T adapter but the magnification is too great to get the whole full moon in the field of view. Further, to eliminate vignetting, I have to zoom in with the camera and this reduces the field even more. I'm going to Turkey in March to see the total solar eclipse and I want to have a configuration that will allow me to capture the whole moon/sun and corona with the ETX and Coolpix. If I bought a lower power eyepiece like a 32mm or 40mm eyepiece would that help? I appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thanks! Kirby Alguire 28 Hogarth Avenue Brentwood, Essex CM15 8BE U.K.Mike here: A 40mm eyepiece should do it. Alternatively you can use a focal reducer. I have used the Shutan Wide Field Adapter (see the Accessory Reviews: Showcase Products page) or look into the Scopetronix site for their focal reducer.
Subject: Astrophtographs Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 06:40:03 From: Jack Fox (jfox.PO.MAIL@vdacs.virginia.gov) Both photos were taken with a Nikon Coopix 990 using the Scoptronix Digi-T system. The eyepiece was an Orion Expanse 20 mm. The sun spots were take on 9/11, these are causing the solar flairs. Single frames, no touch ups. First time using a digital camera. ETX 125 , afocal.
Subject: The Moon using a compact digital camera Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 23:58:29 From: Jonathan hghman (email@example.com) The is my first effort at lunar imaging with a fully automatic Nikon Coolpix 5200. It was taken with my ETX 90EC at Prime Focus. Using my Nikon with a 37mm adaptor that I found on ebay, the standard 26mm eyepiece attached with a T Adaptor, (Astro Engineering) I snapped away and produced some fairly good images. The only problem I encountered was that I had to refocus every time and put the camera on its 10 sec timer which tended to jog the scope's position and ended up with a blurred and fuzzy image. After seeing the results I'm now looking forward to getting a 40mm eyepiece, a digital camera with manual over-ride and a remote control shutter release! This image has not been processed. Awesome web site.
Subject: CP995 for Milky Way pics? Sent: Monday, August 1, 2005 22:24:57 From: Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org) I've recently purchased a Nikon CP995 and I have taken several pictures of the night sky with it. I'm wondering if it is possible to capture the "cloudy" look of the Milky Way now during the summer with this camera? If so what exposure settings would you reccomend? I've attached a couple pics of Sagittarius (one from my backyard in Miami, Fl with alot of light pollution, and the other from Islamorada that I took tonight under what I thought were great conditions...nice and dark out there).Mike here: It is possible. See my Coolpix 995 Milky Way shot near the bottom of this page:
Subject: Nikon and scope adapter + way more. Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 13:38:24 From: Mike Luis (email@example.com) Nikon Coolpix 995, Digi-T system from scopetronix and more. Just incase anyone is interested. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7532092301&category=30009&rd=1
Subject: Coolpix 4500 Pictures Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2005 14:03:32 From: Luis Villa (ETX_125EC_from_arizona@msn.com) The Lagoon Nebula with the coolpix 4500--- still having problems, but getting better! (please note that there appears to be a dark area, this was a thread of some type!! How it got between the filter and the camera lens is beyond me!!)
And Dumbbell Nebula.... My Messier pics are getting better, you were right on the money when you suggested that weight might be a problem, semi solved by putting camera on top and the 32MM on the back, using the flip mirror I can take better pictures this way.... still some trailing but not as much as before.... Pictures taken with the 4500 were taken through a Lumicon Deep Sky filter, seems to greatly help.... Only 5 more Messiers to go!! Bagged # 105 last week... with some I have had to use averted vision, but there is no doubt that I have "bagged" them.... Luis
Subject: Focus problem Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2005 12:27:15 From: G.J. Scheffer (firstname.lastname@example.org) I want to use my digital nikon with my LXD55 8" SN, but I ' am not able to focus, I can' t get far enough "in" the scope. I have the same problem with my webcam sometimes. I guess this problem sound familiar to you, any tricks on your site? Regards Gert Jan SchefferMike here: What adapter are you using with the Nikon and which Nikon digital camera is it?
I use the meade variable camera adapter and a Nikon d100, I have the same problem with my Toucam,Mike here: When doing afocal photography, you can normally focus the eyepiece to you eye and set the camera to infinity. That doesn't always work but should be a good starting point. Can you focus the eyepiece in the adapter to your eye?
I can only focus to a terrestial object to my eye very nearby, ??? Is this not something known of the LXD55? Gert JanMike here: I have not seen such reports with the SN models. Can you reposition the eyepiece in the adapter or try a different eyepiece?
I Just noticed that it is possible to remove a adapter between the scope and the 1.25 eyepiece adapter....... My humble excuse, I feel extremely stupid but I did not know you can unscrew that pice of metal I think this is the problem??? I can focus now to my eye and my camera now Thanks for your helpAnd more:
It gets worse, it is in the manual also .....:( it is called the focusser extension tube... And you should unthread it for photography....... I' am going to sleep now...... ugh, Gert Jan
Subject: Mead 90 ETX Sent: Saturday, January 8, 2005 00:46:27 From: URUNGA (URUNGA@bigpond.com.au) I was referred by a friend to have a look at you site... Very practical is my first and current opinion. I recently purchased a Nikon D100 and have wanted to get a hold of the T-adaptor so as I can mount my camera on the ETX.... So here come the Questions... 1. Do you know if the T-adaptors damage the electro terminals located in the camera? (For the control of the Nikon lenses) I photograph weddings free of charge for low income earners and thus do not want to harm the camera. 2. Do you know what the approximate cost of the T-adaptor is? 3. What else do I need for the set up in order to use the camera on the ETX? 4. Dew covers are commonly mentioned... do you consider the use of a PVC pipe over the main tube a bit silly? We have done this with ours and painted it black and to date has worked fine... Our 90ETX is mounted on the original tripod; although it is large it is very good for us. I know little to nothing about Astronomy but still it amazes me and so I just want to have a bit of an un-educated mans look. Regards Stuart Owen AustraliaMike here: As to T-Adapters, see the Accessory Reviews: Astrophotography page. I have a review there. For more info on photography, see the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page. A PVC dewshield should work fine.
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