Saturday, February 2, 2013

Jupiter moons through amature telescope

Jupiter Moons or Galilean moons through amateur telescope.

Following moons of Jupiter are easily visible through amateur telescope 60-70 mm.
Europa, IO, Ganymede, Callisto.
Moons of Jupiter will be visible as tiny dots or stars around planet Jupiter.
You may see these four moons change their positions daily or timely as they rotate around planet Jupiter.

Picture of Jupiter and its moons through 70 mm refractor telescope.

Jupiter Moons can also be seen or take pictures through normal digital camera (without telescope).
Use optical zoom and point towards Jupiter.
Take a picture and you can see the Jupiter Moons or Galilean moons when you zoom the images on computer.

Below is a sample picture with 3X optical zoom on 10 megapixel digital camera.

Tips for watching Jupiter moons through telescope.

1. Start with low power eyepiece.
2. Minimize the vibrations as they shake a lot when eyepiece power is increased.
3. Optical filter of telescope may help for Jupiter colors.
4. Make sure you are pointing right towards Jupiter and the planet is in your view frame.
5. With more powerful telescope you may be able to see more than 4 Galilean moons.

Android App: Telescope Astronomy Sky watch

Available at Google Play. Android App: Telescope Astronomy Sky watch

An Android app for amateur Telescope, Astronomy and Sky watch. Available for cellphones, tablets and devices running android operating system. It is a free app.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

iPhone Telescope Adapter, Smartphone Mount

How to make telescope iPhone mount or adapter. (DIY)
Or how to make smartphone telescope adapter or mount.


1. Take a plastic bottle cover as shown in below image.

 2. Make sure it fits your telescope eyepiece.

3. Cut a hole or square in the bottle cover.

4. Take a iPhone or smartphone case as below.

5. Stick or glue the cover on camera hole of cover.

6. Make sure the camera lens is centered.

7. Let the glue dry. And check out eyepiece of telescope when glue is dry.

8. Insert the iPhone or smartphone into case.

9. Phone looks like below image when inserted. Put it on telescope.

10. Use rubber-bands to tighten or hold it on telescope.

11. Telescope iPhone/Smartphone adapter or mount is ready as in below image.

How to make a Telescope Camera Adapter?

1. Check camera dimensions.
2. Use techniques as listed above with similar steps.
3. Make sure do do not get glue on lenses in any case.
4. Add your own innovations as applicable.

Enjoy your astrophotography telescope camera.

Similarly you can build a microscope and binocular iPhone or smartphone adapter mount.

      Below video of moon through clouds was taken with iPhone/smartphone telescope adapter/mount shown above. Original Hi Den video was highly sharp and very stable. Movement of clouds clearly visible. you can also sense the moon moving slightly due to rotation of earth with its viewpoint, not due to vibrations.