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Mounted My DSLR on the Vixen

Discussion in 'Telescopes and Mounts' started by Ed D, Jan 1, 2019.

Mounted My DSLR on the Vixen

Started by Ed D on Jan 1, 2019 at 7:38 PM

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  1. Ed D

    Ed D Well-Known Member

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    Ever since I started imaging deep sky with my DSLR I have been frustrated when trying to find objects in this horrible light pollution. I have tried a few ideas that didn't quite pan out. I have also looked at finders that mount on the camera hot shoe, but I'm not quite sold on the idea, nor am I enthused about spending money right now. I wasn't completely satisfied with mounting the camera using the 1/4"x20 screw that come with the rings, either.

    Then, this idea hit me. The mounting method is very easy to use and is rock-solid. I attach the camera body to the dovetail bar using an allen head bolt, which I had already modded for use on my GEM. I then mount it to the scope using the wing nuts, and attach the Canon lens. Even if the scope and camera are not perfectly aligned I still get on target easily and see it in the camera display.

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    DSLR imaging set up.

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    Close up view of the DSLR on the dovetail bar.

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    View of dovetail bar attached to rings. The nut is only to hold the bolt in place when camera is not attached.
     
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    This is my Lab assistant whose picture you see on the computer screen in the background.

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    I'm proud to say my idea is "Lab approved".

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    Nice setup & dog Ed.
    A motor drive is one of the next things on my list.
     
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    The Lab assistant looks quite relaxed :)
     

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