Hobby photographers who have already visited an observatory or looked through a telescope at a friend’s house have probably asked themselves: “Can I actually take photos through the telescope?” The answer is yes. You decide for yourself how much effort you want to invest.
Quite simply with the smartphone
A smartphone is usually sufficient for a snapshot of the moon or observing the sun. Simply hold the camera where you normally look into the eyepiece, wait until the autofocus has focused the image and press the trigger.
Since the moon is still very bright, at least with small enlargements, the result should be a reasonably useful photo. You can see the big craters and with luck you can see a few mountains. You shouldn’t expect too many details, however, as cell phone cameras are simply not made for such a purpose. In addition, even the smallest wobble can ensure that you get out of the plane of focus and then have a blur in the image despite autofocus.
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