Last updated: 26 June 2002
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Subject: Dimage 7 Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 16:41:47 From: email@example.com (JoeK@callback.net) Great website , hope to contribute to it soon. I am using the Minolta Dimage 7 with the Digi-T and the MaxiView 40 adapter and am still getting a lot of vinetting, would this have anything to do with the picture size setting on the camera? I was set for the max size, I looked at ScopeTronix's site and his examples are not close to what I am getting. His center shot using the 26 MM is what I see with the MaxiView 40 . Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks for your time. Joe Kazup Callback Network http://www.callback.netMike here: I'm not familiar with this camera but if it has a zoom or macro capability, you may be able to reduce the vignetting by zooming in or setting it to the macro mode.
Afetr I sent you the last email I went and did a test with using a lower size 1200 x 800 and also 640 x 480 made no difference at all. At this time I am at a loss, the MaxiView can't get any closer than it is to the Diamge 7 lens. Please see example photo of a light switch in my kitchen. Any ideas you may have would be much appericated.
I have tried both zoom and macro settings but the usable image size stays the same.
Subject: Shot with the Dimage 7 Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 13:05:20 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (JoeK@callback.net) Here is my latest photo using the Dimage 7 from Minolta, it was shot with the ETX125 and the D7 was set to F8 , ISO 100 , 1/45 , 2X digital zoom , then I did a contrast adjust in Photoshop. Joe Kazup Callback Network http://www.callback.net
Subject: New Pic Sent: Saturday, March 2, 2002 22:37:22 From: email@example.com (Joe Kazup) Here is the new pic for you.
Here is a sun shot , using the Dimage 7 , MaxiView 40 , ETX 125 , Solar Filter , f3.5 1/500 ISO 100 . Notice the 2 nice sets of sunspots.
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Subject: sun gallery Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2002 4:29:53 From: firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE FIND ATTACHED ONE OF MANY ATTEMPTS AT SOLAR PHOTOGRAPHY WITH MY NEW DIGITAL CAMERA A MINOLTA S304 I SET THE CAMERA AT AUTOMATIC THIS PICTURES WAS TAKEN IN THE BACKYARD OF MY HOUSE WITH MY MEADE ETX 125 AND A 25 MM EYEPIECE I JUST HELD THE CAMERA TO THE EYEPIECE AND TOOK THE PICTURE IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NORTH YORKSHIRE AND THE PICTURES OF THE SUN SPOTS MADE THE DAY I HOPE THIS WILL BE PLACED IN WITH THE COLLECTION OF THE GUEST SOLAR PICTURES ON YOUR BRILLIANT WEBSITE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH STEVEN JAMES (ps thanks for the best etx website on the net, hope fully the attachment is one thankyou)
Subject: Vignetting problems. Sent: Sunday, June 23, 2002 2:26:47 From: email@example.com (David) I have a new Minolta DiMage5 digital camera which I am using for astrophotography, particularly the moon. I purchased a Scopetronix Digi-T ring assembly which allows for rigid coupling of the camera to an eyepiece. The problem I have encountered is that vignetting is quite dominant. I have experimented using different size eyepieces and found that either my 17mm Celestron or Meade 26mm Series 4000 ep's give close to acceptable results. The instructions that came with the Digi-T ring suggest using macro mode on the camera. In fact, this turns out to be the worst setting. I have to leave the lens set to wide angle (this camera is like an SLR) and then set the camera to 2X electronic zoom to get an image that will 'fit' in the small area left available by the vignetting. This problem seems to be worst when I want to take shots of the moon (I guess its angular size is the real problem). Also, unless I very carefully balance the telescope's focus and the camera's focus , a black spot appears in the middle of the image. The spot is the secondary mirror on my 8" reflector intruding into the image. (see attached image). Is it normal for a digital camera to have a narrow field of view when coupled to an eyepiece in this way? I have tried coupling the camera to a 2x barlow lens (without an ep attached), but this makes focusing impossible as the magnification is too low. This problem occurs on both my ETX90EC or my 8"/F4 eq. mounted telescope. Any help much appreciated!!!!! Cheers, David Tindall Buderim,Queensland, Australia.
Thanks for your speedy reply Mike. I'll try your suggestions next chance I get to do some observing. Regards, David.
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