Review of Carson HookUpz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter

As I blogged before, I did some research into a smartphone adapter.  The Carson HookUpz 2.0 arrived.  I read the manual and set it up with an iPhone 5C.   I tried it first with the Meade ETX and a 1.25” eyepiece.  The initial image was just a circle but that makes sense considering the iPhone is a difference aspect ratio.  I zoomed in and image looked fine.  It was very easy to focus by just tapping the screen.  I took a picture using the headphones with the microphone to avoid motion.  I had already connected the OneDrive app so the camera roll would upload to my computer.  I looked at the images and they were fine but not as crisp when looking through the eyepiece with my eye.  Definitely needs more testing.

I next tried on the LightBridge with a 2” eyepiece.  The HoopUpz manual does say it doesn’t work with certain optical interfaces and a 2” eyepiece was definitely at the limits.  I was able to get it to work and similar results on image quality.

Overall, definitely an interesting adapter for afocal astrophotography.  I like the smartphone much better than a point-and-shot camera.  The DSLR should have more controls but need to research the options on the iPhone 5C for photography controls. 

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