Dashcam as Planetary Camera

I repurposed my old dash camera (Polaroid N302) as a planetary camera. The lens was removed and replaced with a webcam-to-telescope adapter and then mounted on to a 4 in diameter, 900 mm focal length Sky-Watcher 100ED telescope on a tracking mount.

A pair of 2x Barlows were used to further magnify the image (3600 mm effective focal length). To watch a video about this dashcam planetary camera, click here.

Related link: View posts on camera modification projects

Night Sky in Focus | Astronomy and Amateur Radio
© Anthony Urbano | Manila, Philippines

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4 thoughts on “Dashcam as Planetary Camera”

  1. woooow great shot sir… sana my step by step or materials needed with pics on how to do it :) newbie here kase :) thanks for this article sir so informative

  2. Is possible DIY > dash cam for Deep sky?
    TNX from Richard > from SE Italy – IK7FMO

    1. This dash camera is unable to do long exposure, thus, not suitable for deep-sky imaging. I do not know if there is a way to modify.

  3. This is the sort of cheapskate astronomy I love. I was converting webcams years ago, epoxying 35mm film canisters w/ an aperture cut out onto the webcam casing and fiddling with driver software to up the gain and take long exposures. Converted a 24 hour mechanical appliance timer into a sky-tracking mount for a lightweight point-and-shoot camera. I love this out of the box way to do astronomy.

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