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Need help with getting sharp pictures of moon

Started by Lucid, 02/25/2016 11:02AM
Posted 02/25/2016 11:02AM Opening Post
I hope that you can help a very frustrated beginner.
I recently purchased a telescope (a Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ) and I started with observing the moon. I made pictures by holding my phone camera in front of the lens. This was very frustrating, so I bought a Celestron NexImage 5 MP camera. Unfortunately, it is impossible to focus the camera. All I see is a light and some blurry patterns. Even my phone pictures look better! What could I have possibly done wrong?
I don't go outside when I observe the moon, so there is a window between my telescope and the moon, but it doesn't seem to affect the quality of my view without the camera. But with the $200 camera it looks awful. I attached a photo so you can see how bad it looks.

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Posted 02/25/2016 11:26AM #1
It's not unusual for a Newtonian 'scope to not have enough back-focus to use with a camera. If you have a 2x teleconverter, try using that. This is what I have to do to get my reflectors to come into focus when using a camera, either the neximage or a DSLR.