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tracerman

Just bought some binoculars

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Hello , I have had an interest in astronomy since about 1957 when I was ten . Never had enough dosh to get a telescope , once read a library book about grinding one's own lenses but gave that a miss . A few years ago I bought a pair of 16x50 bins mostly for use at the seaside . I have just ordered a pair of Celestron 25x70 bins and although they are cheap I have read good reports so looking forward to trying them out . I am quite keen to see whether I can attatch my digital camera to the bins ( Fujifilm 6500 ) ( manual zoom) . I have been looking at some of the Heath Robinson ideas for camera/bin mounting but any comments from members would be appreciated .

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Get a good camera tripod - you will need one for the binoculars anyway.

Then you could attach the camera to the tripod aim it skywards and take a 20 second possibly 25 second exposure.

ISO up high, lens more or less fully open and see waht comes out.

You are not sensibly going to attach the camera to the binoculars and there is no point in doing so. Even if you nailed the camera to the binoculars you would have to do the observing and the photograping as 2 seperate actions.

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Welcome to SGL. At 25x even I would find these binoculars hard to use without a tripod (and I regularly use 15x70s and have used 20x80 for short periods). A monopod can be a very useful compromise. Happy stargazing

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I'm not an imaging expert but you might want to consider posting your question over on one of the imaging sections sections to see if they can come up with a solution. Your proposed combination is not one I have seen before so it will be interesting to read about any solutions that come to light.

Clear skies

James

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Hi Tracerman and welcome to SGL, with such powerful binoculars you are certainly going to need some rigid support of some sort, especially if you are going to attempt to attach a camera. Keeping it simple, you could just sink a fence post into your garden to a suitable height and attach a universal camera mount to it. The bins/camera coupling could be a bit tricky, but as the old saying goes, where there is a will there is a way. Good luck with your project :)

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Hello and Welcome to SGL. Bins are an excellent place to start. Post us some pics when you manage to figure something out with the camera!

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a tripod is going to be essential, when you do work out a solution for attaching them, i would start on the moon. it will be easier to get in the field of view and to focus on.

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Hi and Welcome to the Lounge. ;) Hope you enjoy your Stargazing. :)

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Hello, welcome,

I am sure those binoculars will serve you well on the hunt for the views above.  Mounting them for sure is essential to help you scan comfortably.

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welcome to sgl tracerman,i do recomend a trypod.

clear skys rob.

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