Leica X Vario Attached to Telescope

Prolog... | Eyepiece and Adapters | Camera Attached to Eyepiece | Camera Attached to Heritage P130 Telescope | Camera Attached to GSO 8" Dobson Telescope | Camera Attached to Skymax-102 Telescope | Camera Attached to Skymax-127 Telescope

On this page, I demonstrate how I attach the Leica X Vario to a telescope eyepiece with a T mount filter thread for taking astro photos using the projection technique. Projection technique means that the camera is mounted to the eyepiece, not directly to the telescope. The latter technique can only be used with SLR cameras where the body can be directly attached to the telescope - typically using a T mount adapter.

BTW: I mention the 1:50 method on this site several times. This is a simple variant of the projection technique - you hold the camera by hand to the eyepiece instead of attaching it firmly...

 

Prolog...

At the beginning a few warnings:

 

Eyepiece and Adapters

Here, you can see the Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece and the two adapters needed to mount the Leica X Vario to the eyepiece. A second adapter, a Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43 (or a step-down ring 43-37), is required, because there is no T mount adapter available, which directly fits the filter thread of the lens (43 mm).You can remove the upper part of the eyepiece including the eyecup to reveal the T mount filter thread.

Left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43 (#2458022); right: Baader digital camera T mount adapter M37/M42 (#2408165)

Left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43 (#2458022); right: Baader digital camera T mount adapter M37/M42 (#2408165)

Top left: Baader T mount adapter M42/M37; bottom left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43; right: Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece

Top left: Baader T mount adapter M42/M37; bottom left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43; right: Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece

Top left: Baader T mount adapter M42/M37; bottom left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43; right: Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece

Top left: Baader T mount adapter M42/M37; bottom left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43; right: Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece

Top left: Baader T mount adapter M42/M37; bottom left: Baader DT ring adapter M37/M43; right: Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece - eyecup removed

Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece - eyecup removed and adapters attached

Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece - eyecup removed and adapters attached

 

Camera Attached to Eyepiece

Here, you can see the Leica X Vario attached to the Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece:

Overview

Overview

Overview from above

Overview from above

Detail view from above

Detailview from above

 

Camera Attached to Heritage P130 Telescope

Here, you can see the Leica X Vario attached to the Dobsonian telescope Sky-Watcher Heritage P130 and the Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece:

Complete view

Complete view

Detail view

Detail view

Complete view - from front

Detail view - from front

Results cannot be published, since I gave the Sky-Watcher P130 telescope away to a friend April 2017.

 

Camera Attached to GSO 8" Dobson Telescope

Here, you can see the Leica X Vario attached to the GSO 8" Dobsonian telescope (GSD 680) and the Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece:

Overview

Detail view

Detail view

Detail view

Detail view

Detail view

Results: Jupiter with Moons (April 7, 2016)

The following photos were taken with the projection method (camera lens mounted fix to a 32mm eyepiece, ISO 3200) using a Leica X Vario:

Further results cannot be published, since I gave the GSO GSD 680 8" Dobsonian telescope to a dealer for selling it in April 2017 (sold).

 

Camera Attached to Skymax-102 Telescope

Here, you can see the Leica X Vario attached to the Sky-Watcher Skymax-102 telescope (Maksutov-Cassegrain) and the Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece.

Attention: The small Dobson base (taken from the Heritage 100P) is extremely wobbly and shaky and therefore not a "recommendation," but only shown here for demonstration purposes. If I actually use this base, I hang the camera's shoulder strap around my neck to avoid the worst!

Results: Nearly Full Mond (February 28, 2018)

Photo data : ISO 1600, - 2 EV, focal length about 50 mm equivalent

    

Post-processed, 3000 pixels

 

Post-processed, 3000 pixels

 

Camera Attached to Skymax-127 Telescope

Here, you can see the Leica X Vario attached to the Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 telescope (Maksutov-Cassegrain) and the Revelation 32 mm DigiScope eyepiece.

Attention: The small Dobson base (taken from the Heritage 100P) is extremely wobbly and shaky and therefore not a "recommendation" (it is even more dangerous here than when used with the Skymax-102!), but only shown here for demonstration purposes. If I actually use this base, I hang the camera's shoulder strap around my neck to avoid the worst!

Results: Nearly Full Mond (February 28, 2018)

Photo data : ISO 1600, - 2 EV, focal length about 50 mm and 35 mm equivalent

    

About 50 mm equiv., post-processed, 3200 pixels

 

About 50 mm equiv., post-processed, 3200 pixels

    

About 35 mm equiv., post-processed, 2700 pixels

 

About 35 mm equiv., post-processed, 2700 pixels

 

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