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Digiscoping Adapters

Taking photos through a telescope eyepiece is an ideal method for nature and planetary/solar photography. Your astro targets can include the moon/lunar eclipses, sun/solar eclipses (with solar filter on telescope!), bright conjunctions, and even planets.

Tele Vue adapters allow solid, accurate attachment of smart phones and digital cameras to appropriate Tele Vue eyepieces for "afocal" imaging (Digiscoping). "Afocal" means collimating light between the telescope eyepiece and camera lens.

To minimize vignetting and maximize image quality, see the Eyepiece Specifications table for eyepieces recommended for Digiscoping. As noted in the table, some eyepieces require an additional adapter. Because camera pupils move with zooming, you may find minimum vignetting at the extremes of zoom positions. Results will vary depending on the camera used.

Tele Vue has two types of Digiscoping adapters: FoneMate™ for smart phones and a Digital Rings/Radian Adapter system for Point-and-Shoot cameras with filter threads.

FoneMate™ Technical Note
Our FoneMate™ smart phone adapter is a convenient way to enter the world of Digiscoping. FoneMate™ can connect any of our DIOPTRX™ compatible eyepiece to phones from about (width x height): 60- x 114-mm (2-5/16" x 4-½") to 120- x 212-mm (4-¾; " x 8-5/16") in size.

Digiscoping: our Fon...
Digiscoping: our FoneMate™ adapter.
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Showing three views of FoneMate™ on scope.

Digital Rings Technical Note
Some cameras have threads on the lens, others use an adapter that surrounds the lens. See diagrams below. If your camera doesn't have threads on front of the lens, check with the manufacturer to learn if an optional lens adapter is available.

TV-76 Digiscoping se...
TV-76 Digiscoping setup with digital rings used by Jerry Eisner.
Digital Camera Adapt...
Digital Camera Adapter attached to threads on camera lens.
Digital Camera Adapt...
Digital Camera Adapter attached to thread adapter on camera.