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Anybody ever use the Unitron 220 camera?

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#1 tim53

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 01:56 PM

Dave has one for sale on CN classifieds:  https://www.cloudyni...on-220b-camera/

 

I've seen these come up for sale from time to time, but I don't think I've ever seen any pictures taken with one.  Anybody here?

 

I'm not sure I'm curious enough to buy one to try it out, versus just using one of my existing cameras (I have a couple of 120 film cameras from Zeiss and Kodak, plus a Mamiya Press that belonged to my grandfather) piggyback on a scope.

 

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:04 AM

Well it has been 25+ years, but I had the chance to use one for photographing the moon.

A friend purchased one and we tried our best to get it to work.

We managed to get the moon in focus using eyepiece projection.

Trying to use it for prime focus work only gave a small 1 1/2" image on the film.

We gave up after messing with it for a month or so and he sold the camera and purchased a regular film camera.


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Posted 02 February 2019 - 08:36 AM

Hi,

Just unpack a Unitron 220 camera bought from a US seller via CN classifieds. To my surprise I found inside a plateholder an exposed glass plate with some stellar spectra. The camera once used by college in Missouri for photographic work with a 12 inch Fecker Cassegrain. The kind seller sent me this link http://www.justfurfun.org/astrohtml/fecker.htm. Someone used in the distant past the camera seriously or at least the plateholders.

Kind Regards 

Dimitris

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 04:14 PM

Yea I'm sure the camera would work a lot better with the 12 inch Fecker Cassegrain than it did with the 6 inch reflector we were trying to use it with.

Looks as tho that connector tube came with a lens or lenses mounted in it for projecting the image,,

We were trying to use eyepieces that we had on hand as the camera did not have any lenses with it.


Edited by TxStars, 02 February 2019 - 04:14 PM.

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