I decided to do some research on the options to connect my Canon DSLR to the Meade LX70 Refractor. I had a special adapter for the ETX 90EC that allows the Canon to connect along with a T-mount adapter. So, I first searched for adapters for the LX70 but didn’t find any. I did find that Meade sold a camera adapter that connected to a DSLR and then went in the 1.25” eyepiece holder. This sounded like a great idea because I could then use it will all my telescopes.
I did some more research and found a great article about taking lunar photos through a telescope. The article mentioned three ways. One way was afocal photography which I was aware of. The camera adapter would enable eyepiece-projection photography. This was interesting because it actual uses an eyepiece so would allow for different magnifications. But the drawback in the images are dimmer.
The third option was prime-focus photography. I guess this is what I am doing with the Canon and ETX. The article mentioned you could buy adapters for many telescopes so started doing that research. I found a number of options including adapters that already had the T-mount. But, then I had a thought. There was a part in the box for the LX70 Refractor that I didn’t know what it was. I took the T-mount adapter and tried to screw it on to the mysterious adapter. It worked. I then put in on the diagonal and it all works. I added the Canon and tried to focus on a distant power pole. I couldn’t get focus similar to what happened on my Lunt. I guess it was time to research extension tubes.
But, then I had a thought. The diagonal was removable so I took it off and added the DSLR and adapter to the back of the refractor and it all worked. I was able to get a focused. So, guess I already have everything I need to use the DSLR with the LX70 Refractor.
Tagged: Canon, LX70
The Meade LX70 Refractor came with finder scope but realized it would be difficult to use with the telescope was pointed straight up. I remember purchasing an Orion Right-Angle Finder Scope earlier and it didn’t work out. So, I found it and it easily fit on the LX70 Refractor.
Tagged: finderscope, LX70
I purchased a Meade LX70 mount to use with my Lunt solar telescope for the solar eclipse. I was thinking about my next plans on the telescope models since I now have a reflector in the from of the Light Bridge 10” and a small compound in the ETX 90EC. I had read before that small refractor is the best for astrophotography but feel that is a long way off. But, I did some other reading that refractors are better for planetary viewing because they give sharper images then reflectors. So, I thought it might be a good idea to get a small, cheap refractor to experiment with that type of telescope model.
I had planned to wait until Christmas for a sale but I looked at Meade’s website for the LX70 telescope and noticed the 5” LX Refractor was being discontinued. So, I checked around on the telescope store website and found one still in stock and purchased it.
It arrived and of course mounted easily on the LX70 mount. Definitely needed the counterweight unlike the Lunt.
Tagged: LX70, Meade, Refractor
When I purchased the Meade LX70 mount, it was during a sale and all the accessories were on sale to. So, I thought it might be nice to have the motor kit as well.
The motor kit consisted of two motors and gears about with a controller and battery pack. The assemble was straightforward from the manual.
In my research for a way to mount the Lunt LS50THA to the Meade LX70, I found out Lunt sells dovetail plates so I order one.
It came with screws which was nice. I moved them to the inner position and they aligned correctly with the Lunt. I did need an Allen wrench so decided to get a new one to go with my astronomy tools.
The dovetail fit fine in the LX70 and secured with the main screw. The only drawback was the second screw didn’t work in the locking position as it would have with the included dovetail.
Tagged: dovetail, mount
When doing my research for dovetail bolts, I found a dovetail from Orion that look like it was designed exactly for a camera since it had single bolt.
Tagged: dovetail, mount