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Orion 5338 SteadyPix Deluxe Camera Mount
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- SteadyPix Deluxe securely holds virtually any camera up to a telescope eyepiece for afocal astrophotography of celestial objects through the telescope
- Compatible with all 1.25" telescope eyepieces and most 2" eyepieces (with housings up to 61mm in diameter)
- Works with virtually any point-and-shoot digital, SLR, and DSLR cameras
- Rubber-lined eyepiece clamp prevents marring or scratching of eyepiece
- Bracket rotation allows visual access of eyepiece without disrupting camera/eyepiece alignment
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|Package Height||1.3 x 5.6 x 7.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
While observing the Moon or planets, have you ever thought to yourself: 'If only I had a way to connect my digital camera to my telescope'? Now you can! The ingenious, easy-to-use Orion SteadyPix Deluxe Camera Mount provides an amazingly affordable way for anyone to begin capturing impressive images of the Moon, planets, Sun (with a proper filter), and terrestrial objects. The SteadyPix Deluxe securely couples just about any point-and-shoot digital camera to a telescope eyepiece, and allows adjustment to achieve precise focus and centering for afocal photography. The rubber-lined eyepiece clamp helps prevent any marring or damage to your eyepieces. This versatile mount offers three dimensions of adjustment (horizontal, vertical, and depth) to accommodate almost any camera size or lens position. You can even rotate the camera away from the eyepiece for visual access, without having to remove the SteadyPix Deluxe mount. The SteadyPix Deluxe has been improved to fit all 1.25" eyepieces and most 2" eyepieces (up to 61mm in diameter). It also features a sturdier all-metal design for increased rigidity and performance. So if you've got the desire to dabble in astro-imaging, the SteadyPix Deluxe Camera Mount is a great way to get started! Weighs just 10 oz. and includes a one-year limited warranty.
From the Manufacturer
SteadyPix Deluxe securely holds virtually any camera up to a telescope eyepiece for afocal astrophotography of celestial objects through the telescope. Compatible with all 1.25" telescope eyepieces and most 2" eyepieces (with housings up to 61mm in diameter). Works with virtually any point-and-shoot digital, SLR, and DSLR cameras. Rubber-lined eyepiece clamp prevents marring or scratching of eyepiece. Bracket rotation allows visual access of eyepiece without disrupting camera/eyepiece alignment
Top Customer Reviews
Now (after modification complete) when tightening, the clamp stays aligned and provides for a much sturdier platform (It flat doesn't move anymore). I'm using this on a rifle optic for Video & to attach NVG.
Tips or things I have noticed.
1- Peel the rubber pads that came with it off. Next cut a 6" piece of quality electrical tape down the entire length (two equal pieces).
Now you can put the tape where the pads were (works much better than those tabs that would squish and move around. Realistically the only thing that should be used there is something thin as possible that does its purpose of stopping scratches on the scope. Anything thicker than electrical tape is too soft/compressible and gives the mount to much room to move. You want that metal on the mount on the metal on your scope.with something in the middle to protect a finish of your $$$$ optic.
2. Go over every pivot point and tighten, adjust, file or shape anything that is slop inducing. LOL
3. The adjustment knob on mine was rough and didn't lock the arm smoothly. Simple fix was to throw a small aluminum bushing I made in before the plastic thumb screw.
4. Might be worth mentioning the bar the camera sits on (it has the attached block that keeps it aligned and helps keep it have azz 90 degrees? Well that little tab on mine was way to tall. No matter how tight you tried to tighten the plastic thumb screw down the camera's bar/arm would move around as it pleased. So I took that piece, chucked it in the mill and faced .025 off. Works perfect. The entire mount is night and day now compared to when it arrived a few days ago. For the price paid on these mounts there is no excuse the manufacture should be doing better at QC and follow design revisions if need.
Getting the camera lens lined up just right with the scope to get good sight picture takes some practice and time, in my experience doing micro adjustments is easier said than done. When using this I was constantly fighting to get a good sight picture and it became quite frustrating. However, the biggest challenge of using this for getting scope cam footage while hunting is keeping the whole mount from moving (while moving to find more targets). Im sure that this would work well on a stationary telescope but the mount does not really lock itself down that well, especially not on optics that are used in the field.
unfortunately there arent any alternatives, that you can purchase, that would perform any better than the SteadyPix. I have seen some DIY camera mounts that look like they might be better, but their quality is going to be dependent on your skill or experience with fabricating and creating objects. I figured I would try this one first and then if it didnt work I could try and make something better.
If the protective rubber pads had not fallen off then I would have given this product 3 stars. The product does what it is supposed to do but there is a lot of room for improvement.