Last updated: 13 November 2006
Subject: Meade ETX 90 and Sony F828 Sent: Thursday, November 9, 2006 17:44:54 From: Eric West (email@example.com) I have acquired my new ETX90 and will shortly start trying to do some Astrophotography with it. I am sure that there is no issue with mounting my Pentax MZ5N 35mm SLR, but I also have a Sony F828 Digital Still Camera which would be easier to use (not to mention much cheaper to use while I learn). This is not an SLR camera, the lens is a fixed swivelling barrel, but I notice a couple of shots in the gallery are taken with a Panasonic FZ30, a camera with a lens of similar size and weight, also not an SLR. It must, therefore, be possible to mount a large DSC to the camera. Can you tell me if it is possible to mount a Sony F828 to the camera, and if so, can you suggest a source for the adapter, via the internet, my local Meade agent (also a camera shop) is unable to advise me. I realise that this is a bit specific, so if you can't tell me, can you suggest someone who might be able to. Regards Eric West Auckland, New ZealandMike here: Can't speak specifically about that Sony camera but see the Accessory Reviews: Astrophotography page for several mounting options.
Thanks for your help Mike, From your advice, I firstly found Scopetronix and then, from the "Contact Details" page (accessed from the bottom of the left hand menu on their home page)found that they have a "Digital Camera Solutions Wizard". You simply select the make and model of your camera, and then what you want to attach it to, and the wizard comes up with at least one solution that works for that combination! And yes, you can attach a Sony F828 to an ETX90! Could not be easier! Regards Eric WestMike here: Glad you found that. However, be aware that Scopetronix is going through a transition and may not be able to ship products at this time.
Subject: guest sky photos or, sony digital cameras? Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 21:49:59 From: mike forster (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sony dsc f 717 dig.camera, 8x zoom, drive on a equatorial platform. f2.2, 30 sec. exposure. thanks, mike forster
Subject: moon enhanced 1 cropped DSC00933 Sent: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 15:31:54 From: Mark Mathosian (email@example.com) I tweaked this one in photoshop a bit, brought out the interesting colors. Meade ETX90, Sony 7 mm digital camera, 18mm lens.
Subject: moon 1 DSC01002 Sent: Sunday, May 7, 2006 07:26:43 From: Mark Mathosian (firstname.lastname@example.org) Here are two photos from last night. ETX90 with a 26mm lens and Sony digital camera. A perfect night for imaging.
Subject: moon crescent 4 24 06 DSC00959 Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 16:57:34 From: Mark Mathosian (email@example.com) Crescent moon from early morning hours, 4/24/06. ETX90, 32mm lens through a Sony 7 mg. digital camera.
Subject: M-42 my first DSO Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 16:23:51 From: Paul Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) Here our my first two DSI photos. They were taken with my etx 125 using a sony cybershot and an 18mm lens. Each photo of the orion nebula is a 30 sec shot. I hope to get better at this. Thanks
Subject: Digital camera question Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 05:07:13 From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) Could you please give me some advice on this photo I took a couple of nights ago? It was my first night trying to take photos with my sony cybershot F107 camera piggy backed on top of my ETX-125, I chose M42 as an easy target to see what I could achieve, the ISO setting was set at 100, the exposure time was 30 seconds and the camera was on full zoom, although I'm pleased with the detail captured I'm not happy with the colour of the background, there is a street light nearby is this causing the orange glow? If so do you know if there is a filter I can attach to remove it or can it be digitaly removed? The orange glow was not as bad on shorter exposures but then I lost detail. Thanks Mike I really appreciate it. RayMike here: The color can be removed/reduced. I used GraphicConverter on my Mac to reduce the red:
Subject: My first digital camera Moon photo Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 18:04:54 From: Paul Campbell (email@example.com) here is a digital Moon photo. This is a series of 5 photos that were taken in auto mode and then stacked using Image Stacker, and then thru adobe photoshop 6.0. The photos were taken with my etx 125 using a dsc-w7 sony cyber shot camera, a scopetronix camera adapter with a 40mm lens and a IR filter. thanks Paul
Subject: sony DSC-S90 Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2006 10:53:52 From: Dennis Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org) This is a pic of Pleadies 30 sec exposure 3 optical zoom 3 digital zoom. NO filters or editing..The Camera was piggybacked on 4.5 inch refractor with a eq2 mount..Not to bad..Hard to find sites out there covering the Sony DSC-S90 camera.. Dennis Cambridge Ontario
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