IPhone Adapter for a Telescope and More!

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Step 1: How to Take a Perfect Eclipse Picture

It's a once, (maybe twice) in-a-lifetime event: a full solar eclipse, and you want make sure you capture it.
So I was shooting with multiple devices.

I was using a Canon 5D Pro camera with a 400x Prime zoom lens, a Celestron telescope with an iPhone6, as well as an iPad.

I needed to get an adapter for the iPhone to fit the telescope and found they were available as 3d Templates Online on Thingiverse using the wonderfully easy Tinkercad Program.


I had one 'printed' locally and it worked perfectly.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia what Thingivere is:

... a website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files. Providing primarily open source hardware designs licensed under the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons.


Staring into or taking pictures of direct sunlight will make you blind and burn out the camera sensors!

So I purchased THESE;


$80 to protect a $4000 camera? DAMN, SKIPPY!!!


I took over 1000 pictures using all three devices. Here are some of my favorites:

Step 4: From the CANON 5D

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    1 year ago

    Per Instructables Facebook page: "Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations." (boldface added) What are you creating and what are you documenting?

    This instructable is titled, "IPHONE ADAPTER FOR A
    TELESCOPE AND MORE!" but you don't even show a photo of the iPhone Adapter and you didn't design the adapter. Perhaps the title would be better as "Taking photos of a solar eclipse" and the photos are what you created. Don't get me wrong, they are nice photos. I'm sure others could benefit from learning from your method in preparation for the next total eclipse in North America on Monday, April 8, 2024. You could go into detail regarding the equipment set up and exposure settings, etc. used. As it is, I'm afraid this is not much of an instructable but it could be with a little more content you created!

    4 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    I apologize for my work performance, and will tender my resignation monday morning.


    Reply 1 year ago

    No Need to 'Resign' ;-)

    Just post another great Instructable like Zoltar. Zoltar was fabulous!


    Reply 1 year ago

    I have made 49 other 'reasonable' instructables, BUT I give you notice, THIS YEARS Halloween costume, makes Zoltar look like a Papier-mâché puppet.