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Old 08-02-2011, 08:25 AM
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What do i need to buy to attach a Canon 550D to a Skywatcher Dob

Title pretty much sums it up

If people can post links to bits and pieces i would very much appreciate it as i'm :

1) Lazy
2) Stupid and would probably buy the wrong one


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Old 08-02-2011, 12:33 PM
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An EOS adapter and T ring would get you connecting to the Dob directly. Some other things to consider, though:

- Will the focuser be able to take the weight? Might need to upgrade the standard one.
- If you're wanting to take long exposures, you'd be wanting to put it on an equatorial mount. Not sure if you already have one.
- Might (probably will) get coma, so consider a Baader MPCC or Televue Paracorr to correct that.
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Old 15-03-2011, 07:41 PM
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Hi mate i have the EOS550D and i got my T-ring from bintel.com.au cost me $35.00 the other thing that i had to do was shorten my 5" dob because it would not focus.
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Old 19-03-2011, 02:04 PM
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I believe it will just focus if you get a low profile focuser - and possible a barlow might enable it. But as said above - the tube may have to be shortened.
Connecting a DSLR @ prime focus on a Dob is not a common thing. Often the weight of the camera makes the tube head South, so counterweights are needed too.
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Old 19-03-2011, 03:14 PM
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Check to see if the end of your focuser's draw tube is t-threaded. You never know your luck, you might get away with not having to cut the scope down.
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Old 20-03-2011, 01:56 PM
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As you have a skywatcher DOB like me, the 1 1/4 inch adapter that is locked into the focuser can be unscrewed to insert the EOS adapter without the T-Ring.

This means you don't need to shorten the tube.

the T-ring is still used when using a Barlow
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