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It was a pleasure to digiscope with the little 120 gram Lumix FH-1 this afternoon, a fraction of the weight of even a 4/3 camera, and no shutter vibration. Spot-on one click white balance, fast and accurate auto focus behind a scope, and a nice integral screw-on attachment directly to the top threads of a Baader Hyperion 21mm eyepiece. The eyepiece and camera zoom gave me a nice adjustable field at 40 feet. A cloudy day gave soft tones without harsh shadows.
Below are a couple of shots of a dove and English sparrow at 40 feet. 80ED Orion OTA scope. Click on view for larger size.
I prefer this prior model camera over the current FH-2. Typical used costs are now about $50.
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The camera body threads are added and the eyepiece attached as described as follows:
A 46 to 48mm step up ring is epoxy bonded over the self centering extension on the camera body. A standard LX-5 extension tube screws onto the ring. I then adapt the extension tube to the upper threads of the Hyperion eyepieces with a 52 to 54mm filter ring. Of course the standard astro 1 1/4 diameter Hyperion eyepieces fit the Celestron and several other scopes. They digiscope fine with the camera, after less than 10% zoom. With this spacing the distance from the camera body to the front of the eyepiece is 30mm. Gene
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