Aart Bik's Astrophotography Test Page

This page shows photographs taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i digital camera and a Maksutov-Cassegrain Meade ETX-90EC telescope. For more astrophotography, please visit Aart Bik's Astronomy Page.

Test Pictures using Different Configurations

In prime focus astrophotography the telescope effectively becomes the lens of a SLR camera, either through the rear photo port, or through the eyepiece holder without using an eyepiece. In eyepiece projection astrophotography an eyepiece is mounted inside an adapter that is inserted in the eyepiece holder. Meade provides a basic and a variable-projection adapter. Below are test photographs of a neighbors house number sign taken with different configurations.

300mm telelens, no telescope
Prime Focus (Meade #64 T-adapter in rear photo port)
Prime Focus (Meade Basic Camera Adapter in eyepiece holder)

15mm EyePiece Projection (Meade Basic Camera Adapter)
9.7mm EyePiece Projection (Meade Basic Camera Adapter)
26mm EyePiece Projection (Meade Variable-Projection Camera Adapter)

15mm EyePiece Projection (Meade Variable-Projection Camera Adapter)
9.7mm EyePiece Projection (Meade Variable-Projection Camera Adapter)
6.7mm EyePiece Projection (Meade Variable-Projection Camera Adapter)

Prime Focus Astrophotography

[moon] [moon]
[moon] [jupiter]

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