At first, I purchased an expensive telescope and a t-mount for my Nikon camera, but I never took the telescope out of the box. It was really an impulse buy and I thought I needed to do more research. So, I took that one back and started to investigate more.
I finally talked to a guy at B&H Photo Video that actually started the telescope department there. He was very knowledgeable and very helpful. The research I did on my own was pretty good, but he finalized what I truly needed.
Here is a list of my purchases:
- T-Mount for Nikon (already owned this one)
- RS-N2 II Wired Remote Switch for Nikon D7000
- 1000mm Computerized Telescope 114LCM
- Night Vision Red LED Flashlight (came with telescope)
- AC to DC Power Adapter
- SLR Camera Adapter with Integral 2x Barlow Lens
I did get to see Jupiter and its four moons! That was the only thing I was able to see with this particular telescope and strong eye piece, other than what I can see with my naked eye. It was fun seeing sooooo many stars at one time, too!
Here is the only successful picture, and it is of the moon, that I was able to take:
I did try to take a picture with my iPhone through the eye piece, which was much sharper and closer, too:
These two photos are actually from the same date/time... however, I did not purchase the inverter for looking through the eye piece. If there was an attachment for the iPhone with a telescope eye piece, then this might have turned out great.
Never the less, I decided that all of this equipment was too expensive for just taking photos of the moon. I returned the telescope and accessories. So, my one successful photo cost me a whopping $24... the return shipping cost!
Here is a photo that I took shortly there after with my Nikon D7000, 18-200 mm lens on a tripod:
Can you see Jupiter up in the upper right corner?
So, I have not given up... just decided to change my approach. I thought that it would be better to invest in a cheaper lens that has a far range and I can shoot other pictures with. I found a Tokina 80-400 mm lens on Craigs List and I have purchased that. Here is a photo that I took one morning with the new lens:
My intent is to purchase a 2x Tele Converter and try my hand at 800 mm! I have already taken this lens to a local park and gotten some great water fowl photos, too.
I guess I am going to have to just admire the photos from the really, really large telescopes around the world for other celestial objects like Saturn!
I might not have completed my mission, but I had an awful lot of fun trying... and, isn't that what it is all about?