*And a telescope....
I wanted to use it to take photos of the moon. I like the moon.
The problem is that putting the phone up to the lens of the scope is really tricky to align. Which makes taking good photos really tricky.
It's a Revelation Universal Digiscoping Adapter and a Revalation Universal Smartphone Grip. It's a fiddly bit of kit but you put the lens in one end, screw it on, grip your phone in place, and try to align the two.
Step 1 - attach all the bits and then screw the phone securely.
Step 2 - Add the lens and fiddle until they're perfectly aligned.
My first attempt at Lunar Photography was somewhat hampered by a lack of decent alignment.
I rijigged everything, found the moon in the eyepiece, attached the digiscope and...
Ah, yes, because of the difference between my eye and the camera, I had focussed on the foreground tree rather than the moon.
This is Tycho - the most prominent of the moon's craters. I didn't pick up any unusual magnetic readings 😉
One of the problems with the digiscoping adapter is that it is quite heavy - especially with a Galaxy Note II attached. The weight was enough to push the telescope of its carefully aligned axis - so I ended up holding the viewfinder up manually. This lead to some shakey shots. As you can see from this video - it's was rather hard to keep the camera still while taking a photo.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the whole setup. Getting the lenses aligned is a pain - and I need to find a way to compensate for the weight of the adapter and phone.
I just used the stock camera, I'm aware that if I'm trying to shoot more distant objects I will probably want something with a much longer exposure.
But, for a first attempt, I'm over the moon 🙂