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#1 Tempus

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:28 AM

This came in the box with an ES FirstLight Dob. Its not listed in the manual nor can I figure out just what it is?  Any ideas?

 

 

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#2 OleCuss

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:34 AM

I'm guessing that is their "smartphone adapter"?


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#3 jerobe

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:37 AM

Smartphone camera adapter? Suction cups secure the phone over the clamped eyepiece?


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#4 ToxMan

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:39 AM

Looks like a tool. For general purpose gripping, for someone with arthritis, who could clamp it somewhere and guide the scope manually. Smartphone adapter sounds reasonable. But, those cups would be a cheesy way to secure an expensive phone. The cups looked like cones to me...


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#5 Joe1950

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:44 AM

That is a smartphone adaptor sold by Explore Scientific. I have one, but have not used it. One good thing is it doesn’t weigh much. Might work well, but I can’t say. 



#6 Dynan

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:47 AM

A $14.99 doo-hickey.

 

https://explorescien...AiABEgIBgvD_BwE


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 12:09 PM

I would have thought a handy dog or cat grooming tool.


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#8 Tempus

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 12:09 PM

Wow, who'd a thunk. Thanks!


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#9 epee

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 12:48 PM

I would have thought a handy dog or cat grooming tool.


Sure, clamp it to their tail and they brush themselves.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:05 PM

Better not say my initial thoughts. shocked.gif shocked.gif shocked.gif


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#11 dan_h

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:10 PM

The suction cups are to be stuck onto the upper area of a car door window. You can then mount a 50mm refractor in the holder and clamp it firmly. To acquire a target, open/close the door on its hinge. Raise or lower the glass as needed. If necessary, you can change windows or turn the vehicle around to see different parts of the sky. 

 

What's a smartphone?

 

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#12 Cameron_C

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:36 PM

Whoa, those E.S. guys, man they think of everything!


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#13 Spectral Joe

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:19 PM

Plastic knuckles for the Questar vs APO gang fight.


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#14 Simon Alderman

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:50 PM

I’m pretty sure that it’s an accessory mount specifically for the following,

 

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B0047E0EII

 

One of the reviews (cant remember which one) covers how to use it.


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#15 Poconut

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:05 PM

I'm gonna take a wild stab and say it was designed for her pleasure, but don't clamp it down too much! tongue2.gif


Edited by Poconut, 10 August 2018 - 08:37 PM.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:08 PM

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Man, this thread is gonna get taken down faster than a speeding Perseid!! (But is HAS turned entertaining!)


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:34 AM

Getting back to the serious from the amusing, I have an adapter that looks like the same ES model and it fits nicely on the common 20mm SWA eyepiece barrel with the rubber eye guard removed. The suction cups do not hold a smartphone very securely, especially if it is in a protective case, so I just wrap a doubled No. 64 rubber band (my postman sometimes delivers letters bundled with that size rubber band) around the phone and "paddle" and adjust so as to hold the phone lens aligned in the center of the eyepiece ring. The ring can then be slipped over the eyepiece and tightened down with the thumbscrew. The device is useful for quick bird or wildlife shots, but I have not tried it for astronomy photos. - Bill




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