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04-30-2013, 04:17 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
I think that's the best one so far !
Oh, thank you! I can't believe that though and if I can do this I bet you guys can do much much better, I'm no astrophotographer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
If almost looks like fog in the air but maybe it's the lens.
Nah, if you want something in the air that's this. https://www.dropbox.com/s/80cpnidpk6pimwp/IMGP2002%20Moon%201.JPG From the first set of attempts, with a fair amount of high cirrus that I had to work around.

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Look what I finally found between thin clouds tonight! Sadly blooming due to the weather killed any actual sharpness. Focusing was not that extremely hard due to me being able to see the shape of the rings when zoomed in.
Oooooh, nice. Can't wait until I can aspire to that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
If almost looks like fog in the air but maybe it's the lens.

Look what I finally found between thin clouds tonight! Sadly blooming due to the weather killed any actual sharpness. Focusing was not that extremely hard due to me being able to see the shape of the rings when zoomed in.
Pentax Q + Kenko 1.5x PZAF + Pentax DA* 300mm F4

Great capture! The DA 300 looks like the best fit for Q use
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QuoteOriginally posted by Travis Butler Quote
Nah, if you want something in the air that's this. https://www.dropbox.com/s/80cpnidpk6pimwp/IMGP2002%20Moon%201.JPG From the first set of attempts, with a fair amount of high cirrus that I had to work around.



Oooooh, nice. Can't wait until I can aspire to that.
Yeah, that's some thick air passage! I had cirrus on both my moon shot and the Saturn one but both were at the edge of the clouds. Clear nights seems to be rare now.
If I could achieve that, anybody can. You just need the minimum equipment, good eyes to set focus right and most of all decent weather. Too bad you can't control the last one.
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Great capture! The DA 300 looks like the best fit for Q use
It works well on the Q. The only beef I have with the lens for this use is that the clutch has that small play which maker it harder to get small movements with the focus ring.

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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
Yeah, that's some thick air passage! I had cirrus on both my moon shot and the Saturn one but both were at the edge of the clouds. Clear nights seems to be rare now.
If I could achieve that, anybody can. You just need the minimum equipment, good eyes to set focus right and most of all decent weather. Too bad you can't control the last one.
Yeah... today, 'twas in the mid-80s F, sunny, light clouds. Tomorrow, temp drops 10 degrees F, chance of thunderstorms. Day after tomorrow, 60% chance of precipitation, rain mixed with snow.

I thought it was supposed to be spring in my part of the world? Ah, well, if it does snow, might be an interesting photo opportunity...
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So either I missed it or it hasn't come up yet - has anyone crafted a Q-to-1.25" coupling?
The Q has such a short registry distance that my focuser might work without modification. I have a nice 850mm f/5.6 (my 6" scope) that I'd like to stick beneath my Q... no clock drive but it would be fun to try. If nothing else it could make a nice screen for 2-eye viewing of what the telescope sees.. and oh yes, the coupling would work just as well on my 2-meter f/4.5!

I've ordered a C-adapter and a couple of blank body caps, for the next time I feel lucky with power tools!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
So either I missed it or it hasn't come up yet - has anyone crafted a Q-to-1.25" coupling?
The Q has such a short registry distance that my focuser might work without modification. I have a nice 850mm f/5.6 (my 6" scope) that I'd like to stick beneath my Q... no clock drive but it would be fun to try. If nothing else it could make a nice screen for 2-eye viewing of what the telescope sees.. and oh yes, the coupling would work just as well on my 2-meter f/4.5!

I've ordered a C-adapter and a couple of blank body caps, for the next time I feel lucky with power tools!
Easy to do with off the shelf parts

A Q to C mount adapter, and a C mount to 1.125" just screw together

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C mount 16mm Cine Film Lens to Pentax Q P/Q PQ mount adapter | eBay

C Mount Adapter, Adaptor from 1.25" to C-Mount Thread, TS1-C Connector, New | eBay

Similar will be available from eBay where you are.

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I have $100 to buy a lens to shoot the moon. What lens do you recomend?

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Tough question ElvisQ. I would say used and probably orphan lens mount. Got a good deal on a Canon FL mount lens. It is 200mm f3.5. Closed down to f5.6 it is pretty sharp and the fringing is well controlled. I posted a few shots in the sticky adapted lens thread. Canon FD mount lenses mostly fit mirrorless digital cameras these days. This makes them cheaper. Minus is having to buy Q to FD adapter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ElvisQ Quote
I have $100 to buy a lens to shoot the moon. What lens do you recomend?
Like barondla said an orphaned mount lens would be cheap. I would say a 300m f4 ish lens and may be a teleconverter too. I am assuming you already have a good tripod.
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Yes, Canon FD or Pentax M42 are orphaned mounts.
What is the better option for $100?
A high-quality 135mm 2.8 with TCx2 or a cheap 300mm 5.6?
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M42 isn't orphaned as bad as Canon FD. All Pentax K can use M42 with an adapter. There are lots of other cams that can use M42 including Canon.
I would go for 300mm vs 135 + 2X. Better odds of victory. Can you try either lens before buying? What are the brands?
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The tamron 60-300mm adaptall is a very sharp lens and can be had for under $100

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https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/tamron-adaptall-2-sp-60-300mm-f-3-8-5-4-23a.html

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tamron-60-300mm-f3-8-SP-manual-focus-Macro-adaptall-...item3f253f5a49

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PENTAX-TAMRON-ADAPTALL-2-K-MOUNT-ADAPTER-IMMACULATE-...item35c7c0107f

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