Last updated: 18 October 2003

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Subject:	ETX / adapter for Kodak DC215
Sent:	Saturday, December 29, 2001 6:38:33
From: (Stephan Lttjohann)
Thanks a lot for your wonderful ETX site. It helped me a lot in the
decision to buy an ETX 90EC telescope about four weeks ago. Your site
also showed me what I can expect from this telescope and how to make it
work. Great job!

My ETX workes really great together with the autostar. I trained the
drives as described on your site and built a serial cable for the
autostar and my PC.

I have built an adapter for the Kodak DC215 digital camera to use it
with the ETX in eyepiece projection. The DC215 hasn't got a threaded
lens. The adapter I built works very well. It is easy to build and cost
only around 2 dollars. The assembling instructions can be found on my

If you think you can use it for your site, you can add a link to my site
or just copy it to your site (as you like it). There is also a very
small gallery of my very first astronomical photos as well as
terrestrial photos (all taken with my adapter and the DC215).

Thanks for your great job!
Clear skies!


Stephan Lttjohann        
Luchsweg 7                
46446 Emmerich            email:

Subject:	I'm A Newbee (again)
Sent:	Tuesday, January 22, 2002 20:33:12
From: (Drew)
Hello, and Thank You!

My name is drew (Andrew), I don't know what I was doing when I came
across your WWW, but I will tell you this. Your site and the information
that you and your followers have placed for all the world to see and
learn ignited the fire in me once again.

A long, long time ago (in the not so distant past) I had gotten into
looking to the skies so bad that I used to take an old  5" reflector
that my father found at a yard sale with me on my moped (A long time
ago, I wasn't old enough to drive a car yet). I lived on the barrier
island of Fort Myers Beach. the skies were always bright with the light
of the stars when I was younger, they still are off to the WSW.
'Anywho', I would spend hours by myself looking through the tube and
just be down right amazed at what I saw with something other than Bino's
or the naked eye. When Haley's Comet was due through back then, I tried
so hard to take pics with my pentax ME on piggy back but was not
knowledgeable in this "new" type of hobby and got zipped, and with no
one in my area at the time with any info I eventually just let that old
hobby go and went on with what 14/15 year olds do on an island, I went
fishin' ( but I still looked up at the biggest candy bar ever!! :-)

Flash to: Today
After finding your site I new right away that I had to get back that
thing that I had so many years ago. Through reading all (well,most all)
of the info you have on your site, I was sold on just going out and
getting me a new scope that I could handle and use often ( every night
since I got it :-).I purchased the ETX 90 EC and was just down right
amazed at what has changed in the scope industry.

Then, I noticed a link on your web site "scopetronix" I had no idea!!!
This place is literally within walking distance for me from my house
here in Cape Coral. This place is the "Bomb!". I browsed his web site
and noted the Items that I would like to enhance my viewing pleasure, I
then drove down ( I'm old enough now ) walked in and was greeted and
serviced promptly with all the items on my list and informed of a local
club for viewing events for this month as well.

My nieces have just flipped over this scope and now I have to be the
official timer for viewing time when they come over. Tonight I was alone
and was able to use the EZ-Pics Afocal adapter for my Kodak DC 240,
(Kodak has a 37 mm screw-on lens adapter for use with DC240, 280, or
3400 camera
lensAdapter240_280_3400.jhtml )
to take a few images the moon, Jupiter and Saturn I thought the best
single shot of Jupiter was a good one to send to you and your readers
showing it isn't hard to do something that is fun and enjoyable, and
with patience and practice anything is possible ( even feeling young
again! ).

Thank You, Mike Weasner

Andrew Michie

Subject:	Saturn
Sent:	Thursday, January 24, 2002 19:32:51
From: (Drew)

ETX 90 EC [Polar]
26mm sp
2X Barlow
Scopetronix EZ-Pix Cam Adaptor (Recommended)
Kodak DC-240 
                     View screen on (need it) Exposure compensation set
                     @ + 1.0 Flash off (duh) White Balance = Auto Zoomed
                     to 2.0 ("max zoom" then tap zoom button for smaller
                     incriments) Self timer used ( not holding  the
                     Autostar will prevent blur )

Taken on the date shown
single image, no editing


ETX 90 EC [Polar]
26mm sp
2X Barlow
Scopetronix EZ-Pix Cam Adaptor (Recommended)
Kodak DC-240 
                     View screen on (need it) Exposure compensation set
                     @ + 1.0 Flash off (duh) White Balance = Auto Zoomed
                     to 2.0 ("max zoom" then tap zoom button for smaller
                     incriments) Self timer used ( not holding  the
                     Autostar will prevent blur )

Taken on the date shown
single image, no editing

Subject:	Astrophotography
Sent:	Sunday, January 27, 2002 8:34:10
From: (Ron)
Here is my first attempt at trying to take a few pictures through my
DS2130ATE & a Kodak DC4800.  I used the Digi T from Scopetronix and a
30mm Plossl eyepiece. The rest of the information is on each picture.
Moon Moon Moon Sirius Betelguese M42

Subject:	Photo for ETX Moon Page
Sent:	Monday, January 28, 2002 20:20:54
From: (Denise O'Neill)
First, let me thank you for creating such a wonderful and truly "Mighty"
site.  It has proved invaluable to me in making my first venture into
getting my first scope and continues to educate and inform me.  Attached
is a memoir from my first night out with my new ETX90ra.  Just for fun,
I thought I'd try holding my little Kodak DC215 up to the eyepiece . . .
doubting it would produce anything.   Well . . . Voila!  To my surprise
it did.  Of course, the images were much clearer upon direct viewing. 
The second image was taken when clouds were going past . . . and I,
also, corrected for proper orientation.  I used a touch of unsharp in
Photoshop on the second, as well.   It certainly does not compete with
some of the fine images you display on your site . . .but, it sure gave
me a thrill!  Thanks again!

Denise O'Neill

Subject:	Kodak DX3500
Sent:	Monday, January 28, 2002 21:27:40
From: (Ken Hurd)
Do you know of anyone who has or does use the Kodak DX3500, if so what
would I require to connect it to a etx 70???

Mike here: The Scopetronix Universal Digital Camera Adapter will hold most any camera over the eyepiece. Depending upon the camera itself, you might even be able to use the Scopetronix Digi-T. See the Accessory Reviews - Astrophotography page for more info.
Subject:	Astrophotography with a Digital Came
Sent:	Tuesday, February 5, 2002 15:19:46
I thought I would send a few more of my attempts at Astrophotography for
anyone who is contemplating, or reluctant, to try as I have.  I realize
these are far from good but it's fun and exciting, and I think anyone
can do it.
Thanks for your Web Site,




Subject:	Astrophotography with digital camera
Sent:	Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:43:04
From: (Ron)
Here is a picture of the moon taken Feb 1st 2002 with a Kodak DC4800,
and slightly edited in Adobe Photo Deluxe.  Meade Telestar (Walmart
telescope) DS 2130 ATE.
Thanks for your tremendous job on your Telescope Web Site,
Moon Moon

Subject:	Photo - Moon and Saturn
Sent:	Thursday, May 2, 2002 7:25:55
From: (Simon Perry)
Hi and thanks for a great site.

I thought I would send this photo I managed to take showing the Moon and

Picture was taken at 9:00 pm, Tuesday 16 April 2002 in Wolverhampton, UK
using a Kodak DC280 attached with a Digi-T kit to my Meade ETX 70-AT. I
used a 3x Barlow with a 25mm eye-piece. Photo taken in my garden which
has limited visibility and suffers from much light pollution.

Image processed using Photoshop - flipped horizontal and Unsharpen Mask

The LCD on the DC280 is small and relatively low resolution which makes
focussing difficult, and the size limitations of the ETX 70-AT make fine
detail capture difficult, but I was pleased with the conjunction of the
Moon and Saturn. I'm already thinking about my next 'scope and camera!

Simon A. Perry
Moon and Saturn

Subject:	Jupiter and her moons
Sent:	Thursday, May 2, 2002 7:40:57
First I would like to say I enjoy your site immensely it has been a very
helpful resource.  Thank you for your time and effort.  I was curious if
you or any of your readers could offer any suggestions.

I recently took my first nighttime picture through my ETX 125.  I used
my Kodak DX3900 and Scopetronix MaxVeiw 40 mm.  (I really enjoy this
eyepiece.  I can get the camera lens very close to the lens of the
eyepiece.  And it works well when used just for viewing too.)  I use the
auto timer and the default settings for every thing else.  I have been
practicing for a couple of days on our neighbor's cows and have gotten
some really good pics.  I thought I would give Jupiter, one of my
favorite objects, a try.  However I seem to have a problem.  It is too
bright!  It almost looks like another star with four planets rotating
around it.  Also the moons seem to be too large.  I have noticed several
other pictures on this site and no one else's moons seem to be this
large.   Would you suggest using a filter to capture better pictures of
Jupiter and if so which one/s.  One more thing, do you know of a way to
tell which moon is which?

Thanks again for the site and your time.


John Jarrett

Mike here: Two comments on the Jupiter image: #1 the image does not appear to be in focus (you can see what happens to be the flip mirror in the out-of-focus images) and #2, the camera's light meter for autoexposure will read all that dark sky and try to compensate by increasing the exposure time, resulting in overexposing the illuminated objects. To correct #1 focus the eyepiece to your eye first, focus the camera lens to infinity, then take the picture. To correct #2 adjust the camera's exposure towards underexposure or try a manual mode where you set the aperture and shutter speed (assuming that you can do either with this camera). Trial and error will hopefully get the results you desire.

Subject:	ETX-photography-moon
Sent:	Friday, October 18, 2002 3:29:51
- hint for moon astrophotography with simple, automatic exposure time
digital camera (Kodak DC-215)
- ETX-70AT moon photo attached

Being a reader of your great website for a few months, I'd like to post
a simple trick today.

Got my father to use his ETX-70AT not only for looking into the
mountains (abt. 100 km away) but into the sky too.

When trying to do an afocal photo of the moon with his Kodak DC-215
digital camera (1 meg pixels), we experienced the following problem:

- the automatic exposure setting (no manual exposure possible) - which
is NOT measured through the photo lenses - gives a much too long
exposure time

- simply switch on the flash (don't laugh!) and take care that the light
does not hit the lenses => the exposure time will be fine for moon

Dieter from Munich, Germany (

Subject:	Focus?
Sent:	Thursday, November 21, 2002 9:55:47
From: (john scanlon)
I have a kodak DC 4800 camera, most astrophotography instructions say
set camera to infinity focus--i cant find any focus on the
camera ??where else can i look?

John Scanlon
Mike here: I don't have this camera but I'll take a shot at an answer. If the camera has a manual mode select that; you should be able to set the focus there, assuming the camera does not have a fixed focus. I'll post your inquiry on tonight's site update; perhaps someone with this camera will respond.
Subject:	moon picture
Sent:	Sunday, January 12, 2003 19:29:45
From: (David Luke)
I first want to say thanks for hosting such a cool site. I've been
visiting your site for about a year now (since I got my ETX-70AT), and
your advice has helped me out a number of times. My wife bought me a
digital camera this past Christmas, and I was able to find a Scopetronix
Digi-T adapter for it. This photo is one of the results.

Here are the details: it was taken with a Kodak LS443 through an
ETX-70AT using a 25mm eyepiece with a 2x Barlow. The camera was attached
to the scope using a Scopetronix Digi-T adapter. I set the exposure
compensation to -1.0, turned off the flash and held my breath for 11
seconds (I'm only partly kidding about that last bit). The photo was
taken at 6:10pm EST in chilly Tampa, Florida. I used Adobe Photoshop to
sharpen the image by two steps and flip it horizontally, so it looks
like it does in the sky.

This was my first attempt at taking a lunar photo, and I think it turned
out pretty well. Let me know if there's anything I could do to make my
future endeavors turn out better. Thanks again!

Dave Luke

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Subject:	Moon / ETX125 / Kodak LS443 digital camera
Sent:	Thursday, October 16, 2003 09:51:23
Here is one of my very first photos of the Moon.  It was taken from
Lewes, England at 06:00 UT on 16th October 2003.

It is a single shot taken through an ETX-125EC  f/15, using a 26mm
eyepiece (without a filter),  a Kodak LS443 digital camera (at full
zoom,  exposure set at  -2.00) and a Scopetronix Digi T camera adapter.

I should like to thank you for your web site and to Dave Luke for his

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