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#1 Pixiedust

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 05:38 PM

Our grandkids are coming to visit in a couple of weeks and they want to use their cell phones to capture pictures of the moon. Needing to purchase a device asap that securely holds a cell phone to a telescope eyepiece so they can take photos.  Do you know if it's called Digiscoping?  Here's what I'm hoping you can help me zero in my search for finding one of these contraptions.:

 

1.  recommendation of brand names and any details

2.  one that works with 2" eyepiece

3.  is quick and easy to attach to scope

4.  easily attaches and detaches a cell phone

5.  easily position camera lens in place

6.  holds a cell phone firmly in place

7.  is easily removed from the telescope

 

Does that about cover it?  Any help you can give is appreciated.

 

Pixie

 


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#2 TMO

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 06:42 PM

I hope others make suggestions.   In a couple of weeks, the Moon will be "new".  I hope your grandkids come after Oct 2, when a crescent will be visible!

Of course, Jupiter and Saturn are up too!  Good luck!


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#3 Jeff L

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 06:53 PM

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#4 sandconp

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 09:16 PM

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I concur with Jeff. Best one on the market.

#5 Point

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:08 AM

Not an SCT but my eyepiece projection works well with a refractor as shown below.

The smartphone needs a remote shutter release to reduce vibration.

 

Regards, Ron 

https://www.amazon.c...n/dp/B06Y21NKC3 

 

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#6 Ssayer

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:28 AM

Not an SCT but my eyepiece projection works well with a refractor as shown below.

The smartphone needs a remote shutter release to reduce vibration.

 

Regards, Ron 

https://www.amazon.c...n/dp/B06Y21NKC3

 

IMG-1795b.jpg

 

I didn't want the remote shutter on a cord, so I went with a Bluetooth one.

 

https://www.amazon.c...duct/B07BLWY9BP


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#7 HeliAv8r

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 10:49 AM

I bought a cheap one on Amazon and used it for my Nexstar 8SE.  It was OK, but I wish it was more flexible with positioning the phone up & down (away from or towards the eyepiece).  With mine, I had to loosen and move the clamp which made it difficult to focus.  On the plus side, it is only $16.99 Solomark https://www.amazon.c...2?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

Also, I had to fiddle with it to make sure it was square to the eyepiece as well.  Because of the time it takes to setup, I decided against using it at Star parties, it would take too long for each person.  If there was a better one, that was quick to add different sized phones and quickly focus, I would opt for that.

 

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#8 Pixiedust

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 09:06 AM

Thank you so much!!!  Just awesome answers.  

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:25 AM

Once focused and ready to take the shot, use the timer on the phone to snap the shot and no cable or bluetooth dongle is necessary. 

I might recommend using the "best" phone in the group to capture the shots then, AirDrop or text to share the best photos with the others. This way you won't have to readjust the holder each time you change the phone for another. It is hard to get the phone lens centered and the correct relief. You will burn 5-10 minutes setting each one up individually.



#10 Pixiedust

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:58 PM

Thank you. I agree on everything you said. At a school star party one of the Jr. High kids showed me a great way to get a moon shot without the phone holder. But thought the phone holder might work best because It’s hands free options.
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