Camera Adapter for Telescope

Introduction: Camera Adapter for Telescope

It isn't hard to find an adapter for a a DSLR, but those of us who have compact" point and shoot" cameras aren't so lucky.  After looking online for a few days and Finding a similar divice for over $50, I decided to do some problem solving.... I didn't think to take pics as I went, but I do have a few pics of the finished product. 

You will need:
1 Toilet Paper roll tube
Scotch tape
Duct tape or any strong, sturdy tape

PS... this is my first instructable, I do realize that it might be a little chaotic

Step 1: Step 1

Get your TP roll and cut about 1/3 of the length off.  Cover the outside of the roll with a sturdy tape, mainly for stability.  Duct tape would be ideal, but all I had laying around was red tail light tape due to a recent fender bender.

In the pic, you can see some of Step 2... I'll get to that.

Step 2: Step 2

Get a piece of paper... I used standard printer paper.  I made about a 3/4" lengthwise fold, and kept folding until the whole thing is one long/thick strip. 

Then I just wrapped it around the lens a couple time until it looked like it would fill in the gap between the lense and the TP roll.

Secure the ends of the rolled up paer with a few small pieces of scotch tape.

slide it into the TP roll and put several pieces of scotch tape to secure the paper to the TP roll

sorry, the pic cut off for some reason, but you get the idea

Step 3: Step 3

now just slide it on there and try it out... it may need a little adjusting.  When you have it all under control, fasten the camera to the adapter and fasten the adaptrer to the eyepiece.  I like to use blue painter tape because it comes off easily and leaves no sticky crap all over everything.

now just play around with your camera settings and enjoy!

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10 years ago on Introduction

it has been cloudy, rainy, and cold since I made this a few days ago... which prompted more boredom, and led to me making a better, yet similar one of these. If anyone is interested in me posting a more thorough step by step instructable just let me know. I may end up deleting this one and replacing it with the updated model


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

this is a great DIY idea on the cheap.. and has inspired me. I'm not so fond of cardboard, but I think something could be made from pvc piping possibly.
I'm very curious to see what improvements you have made on this project.. even just a response outlining the upgrades would be welcome.
Keep up the good work!


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Yeah go for it! This is my kind of instructable- cheap, simple and cheerful. I presume the length of toilet roll you cut off initially is critical to the camera or something? I can't seem to work out the focus for my camera.