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pwiles1968
11-03-2004, 11:33 AM
Anyone tried this? I currently own a Z1 and will be picking up a FZ20 this weekend, I know it used to be possible to mount SLR's to telescopes with an appropriate adaptor kit (I have never tried) but I was not sure about digitals, I donít own a telescope just curious. :rolleyes:

Terracotta
11-03-2004, 12:02 PM
It's a little harder than an SLR but it's more than possible, it helps tremendously if you've got a digi cam with a filter adapter/lens mount (like my A95). Depending on the amount of problems with that camera, the telescope you're using, access to the right people (well their knowledge) & tools you could have a working mount inside 2 hours, you may have to end up glueing something onto the camera body or lens though.

judge9847
11-03-2004, 03:13 PM
Anyone tried this? I currently own a Z1 and will be picking up a FZ20 this weekend, I know it used to be possible to mount SLR's to telescopes with an appropriate adaptor kit (I have never tried) but I was not sure about digitals, I donít own a telescope just curious. :rolleyes:
There are a couple of things you need to consider but first let me say it can be done. If you search this forum John Reed posted a link to a site that will sell you the adapter kit so that you can mount your FZ camera to a telescope. I'll leave you to do that.

However, I would urge you to think about it because there really would have to be some tremendous strains on the camera lens mountings via. the connection to the scope. Just because it can be done doesn't mean that it should be done. Be very careful with the lens of your lovely camera!

Secondly, the experts in doing this (it's called "digiscoping" if you're not aware of the term) don't recommend using a digital camera that has optical zooms greater than 3X or 4X. The reason is apparently that vignetting is a serious, serious problem beyond that, even to the point that images taken can be unusable - and mostly are as I understand it.

If you want to do it, some of the Nikon digital cameras (CP4500 for example, if I remember correctly) are recommended because the lens doesn't move out of the body of the camera. All others need an adapter that fits to the eyepiece of the scope so as to allow the lens to move out of the body of the camera and be as close as possible to the light source.

Hope that helps - and let us know how you get on with it.

pwiles1968
11-06-2004, 01:10 AM
Thanks for the advice.

The FZ20 has its adapter thread on the camera body not the lens so could possibly use some sort of adapter tube, there should not be too much of an issue with strain.

genece
11-06-2004, 11:07 AM
There is a digiscope forum at steves, it is moderated by Lin Evans who owns a FZ20 among many other cameras and he assured me the FZ20 is not suitable for digiscoping.
Steves (http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_forum.php?id=68)

judge9847
11-06-2004, 02:01 PM
Thanks for the advice. The FZ20 has its adapter thread on the camera body not the lens so could possibly use some sort of adapter tube, there should not be too much of an issue with strain.
It has???? Could you point that out to me because it's a feature I've missed out on for sure.

Or do you mean the tripod connector thread on the bottom of the camera? If that's the case then I've seen some adapters which screw into that (for other cameras that is) with a tube that takes the lens when it extends from out of the body of the camera towards the eyepiece of the scope.

But I still feel that there is a real risk of a lot of stress on the lens with that sort of setup. The tube would have to be held very firmly in place to enable the lens to move in and out easily and without obstruction. Still, you're call.

However, there's no way the lens will be any good up against the eyepiece of the scope. It just isn't going to work and the previous post here confirms that.

If you want, have a look at the digiscoping forum on birdforum.net and get a lot of good advice from there.

Hope that helps a bit more.

pwiles1968
12-04-2004, 06:29 AM
Check out the Meade Telescope and Accessories

Telescope (http://www.warehouseexpress.com)

And these accessories

Digiscoping (http://www.warehouseexpress.com/BINSANDSCOPES/digiscoping/eagleeye.html)

OK not checked out the Panasonic specifically but there are plenty of other cameras for people that may be interested.

budwana2001
12-27-2006, 03:28 AM
Anyone tried this? I currently own a Z1 and will be picking up a FZ20 this weekend, I know it used to be possible to mount SLR's to telescopes with an appropriate adaptor kit (I have never tried) but I was not sure about digitals, I donít own a telescope just curious. :rolleyes:

[B]Your quest to mount a telescope to your SLR, Over the last few months I have been trying every which way to do exactly what you are talking about.

Conclusions: Talk to the "EXPERTS" yep not sure what your buget is.
If its' like mine (flat broke) :eek: you may understand what I am trying to do.

Ok I bought a 50mm telescope refractor (wrong) you need the adapter first.
What size is the thread on your camera if it exceeds 58mm go back to square one.
Adapters for 58mm (my Fuji S9500 is that )
Ok so I tried another tack which has worked i bought a digicam for Australia $154 from China, this I tried with the 50 mm telescope ahhh some success :)
Still not there though.
I bought another telescope now this is a big mother. Another problem it is a reflector.
I then seen a site that was talking about digiscope?
I went onto ebay and bought a spotting scope.
People this was the solution the Digicam is mounted behind the spotting scope. Clarity is a problem however with the right software this can be corrected. I am excited to say the least. to achieve this for a cost of $174 is amazing. Other quotes were in excess of $500

Telecorder
12-29-2006, 09:51 AM
As Gene indicated, read the Digiscoping forums and research before 'jumping in...
http://www.jayandwanda.com/
http://www.digibird.com/whatisdir/whatis.htm
http://www.digiscoped.com/Digiscopingindex.html

Steve's Digiscoping Forum-
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_forum.php?id=68

Bird Forum's Andy Bright Digiscoping Forum-
http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=243