By attaching a webcam or a dash cam to a telescope using a special type of adapter, it is possible to take up-close photos of planets.
Replace the webcam’s lens by a special type of adapter called a webcam-to-telescope adapter. Insert the webcam with an adapter into the eyepiece barrel of the telescope’s focuser.
I repurposed my old dash camera as a planetary camera. The lens was removed and replaced with a webcam-to-telescope adapter and then mounted on to a telescope.
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Night Sky in Focus © Anthony Urbano | Bacoor, Philippines
4 thoughts on “DIY Planetary Camera”
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
Is possible DIY > dash cam for Deep sky?
TNX from Richard > from SE Italy – IK7FMO
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.
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.