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40$ USB super telescope, easy to make, sees craters on the moon
by hanzablast on February 11, 2008 Table of Contents License: No license (full copyright) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: 40$ USB super telescope, easy to make, sees craters on the moon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 1: Needed materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 2: Connect the webcam to the lens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 3: Make a housing for the webcam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 4: Demonstration 1: Weather station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 5: Demonstration 2: Antenna mast at 450m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 6: Demonstration 3: The Moon! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 6 6 6 6

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com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . A telelens. easy to make. 4. It's not part of the telescope itself. http://www. you won't be able to use your telescope. a diameter adapter to fit different diameters and some end caps. A webcam (I used a quickcam 4000 from logitech I still had) 2.License: No license (full copyright) Intro: 40$ USB super telescope. the lens I'm using here is 80-210mm. Next to the webcam and tele lens all you need are some standard pvc plumbing materials (pipes.instructables. Many people have old tele lenses left from the analog camera era so there are plenty of them on the web. What you need precisely depends on your lens. you can get them at ebay starting from 12dollars. So without a tripod as a stable base. diameter adapters and endcaps) step 1: Needed materials Here's what you need: 1. but it is important to have a tripod since the magnification is very large so any movement will ge greatly magnified. More details on this can be seen on the next steps. the more focal length the more magnification you'll get. 3. Some standard pvc plumbing materials: pvc pipes. sees craters on the moon Turn an old telelens and a webcam into a powerfull telescope that is capable of seeing craters on the moon.

use some tape.step 2: Connect the webcam to the lens First you need to take the webcam apart until you're left with the pcb and the microphone and button. Now you can put everything together. or performance will reduce. The webcam must be about 3cm behind the rear end of the tele lens. If yours is a little looser. Hook it up to a pc and put it on a tripod. this is also vital for the best results. but that could just be luck. Fit the adapter to the lens. If you can't. Aim at something more than 50 meters away and see if you can focus by turning the focus ring of the tele lens. Next you have to go to the local hardware store and find the pvc part that fits your lens or gets very very close to fitting so you can easily fill up the gap with some tightly wound tape.instructables. Now you can try it. you can glue (or tape) everything together. You'll also need an endcap for this phase. http://www. then you must play with the distance between the tele lens and the webcam. Unscrew the original lens of the webcam and remove it completely. I made 2 of these telescopes and didn't have problems finding a perfect match. It must be exactly. Make a hole just as large as the optical tube of the webcam exactly in the middle of the endcap.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . Make sure that all the parts are perfectly aligned in a straight line. put on the endcap (I needed an extra piece of pipe to reach the endcap diameter) and put the webcam in. You may need to change the length of the adapter a bit. Once this is done. The hole in my encap was to tight I could just lock the webcam in.

One endcap needs quite a big hole. On the pictures.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . otherwise the parts on the pcb will touch the endcap tilting the webcam pcb which is bad for optical quality. you can see the various stages of assembly.step 3: Make a housing for the webcam It's very easy to make a housing. It can all be glued or taped together. http://www.instructables. just use 2 encaps and a piece of pipe with a slot for the USB wire.

The antenna mast is in the circle. http://www. The first picture is made with my normal photo camera without zooming. The second picture is with the telescope at maximum zoom.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . It's 450m away. I checked this with my gps. step 5: Demonstration 2: Antenna mast at 450m The first picture is made with my normal camera again. The circle shows what the telescope is aimed at.step 4: Demonstration 1: Weather station These pictures show the weatherstation on my neighbors house.instructables. The second and third picture are made with the telescope at 100mm and 210mm zoom setting.

much better than i would expect from a webcam great job! Jun 6. I hope you enjoyed this project! Hanzablast Related Instructables Make a Spycam with one Webcam by OSO Weekly Project: Low cost Starry Sight--A document DIY CCD camera Camera for (visualiser) by Astrophotography benpaddlejones by PSdp How to make a eyepiece for telescope by hvegar Webcam in a Hawkeye Brownie Camera by arte. 12:20 PM REPLY With a Mylar Solar Filter you might be able to take some nice Pictures of the sun.This being said always be careful when photographing or viewing the sun even with appropriate filters there may have pinprick sized holes that can damage your eyesight permanently.sano Computerassisted digiscoping.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . 10:53 AM REPLY http://www. 12:09 PM REPLY zack247 says: really cool! the pictures are so crisp. 2010. You can easily see craters and mountains. by Kiteman Cheap Wide Range optical by dorejc USB Spy Shirt by Tetranitrate Advertisements Comments 50 comments Add Comment view all 113 comments gkern says: Jun 6.step 6: Demonstration 3: The Moon! Here are 2 pictures of the moon. 2010. Nice Post bahi says: I got an error "500 Servlet Exception" when I try to go into the steps of this instructable.instructables. 2010. I think it's a very interesting one Jun 6. That Being said I made one for my scope and it worked wonderfully.

Nov 28. cheap webcams means crappy video. 4:55 PM REPLY Daddio_UK says: left a bit. The only suggestion i can make is make sure you paint all interior surfaces flat black to reduce the amount of lens flare and that alone may sharpen the image. maybe after I make a microscope!. you can construct a USB Super IR Telescope. 2009. Oct 20. BTW . the moon won't be visible at night for a week and even then. Oct 20. I like how your voices gets gradually more excited towards the end of the video!! Dec 25. 10:26 AM REPLY great mod!!! I know there's a howto on the internet to mod a regular webcam into and IR webcam by taking out the IR filter.. 2009.Great Instructable.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . 2:48 PM REPLY Santa brought me a webcam today and I've already stripped it down and lashed it to the back of my old 75-300mm lens via a couple of extension tubes. Buy a better webcam. I think.) Trouble is.rb765 says: Jun 6. get it?) tomknop says: NEDERLANDERS!! :P Oct 26. which would actually be a very cost-efficient way to bring IR astronomy to the masses! fader says: LeviMan_2001 says: Mar 20. I have a spare security camera that I will be trying this with to see it on my TV instead. I have few questions? Could you mount Digital Camera (camcorder) in order to have more zoom power? Can you zoom in/out wih normal SLR lens and web cam? teslafan100 says: i am gonna subscribe Jun 10. 2010. 10:54 AM REPLY thefunktopus says: Mar 14. Stray light will bounce on white PVC or even shiny PVC and cause a faint haziness. 2008. 1:40 PM REPLY Nice!! I'm actually drawing a moon map now. that bedroom there. left a bit. just messing about. but i don't think that i have a telelense so unfortunately can't make this. 2009. 2009. 12:23 AM REPLY Hey man! AWSOME instructible! I love it and I`m gonna try to build it myself. Feb 11. it's raining at the moment and even if it wasn't. 4:49 PM REPLY Daddio_UK says: sorry. 2008. 3:50 AM REPLY lgcalex says: its not software. (I've also got a 2x teleconverter to play with later. AndyGadget says: Frank Strudel says: Do you know of any software that shows a decent quality full screen live view from USB? Mar 21. 6:53 PM REPLY darkjacky says: nederlanders!!!! really cool thanks oh and for that other guide too with that wifi antenna Apr 23. I'm sure combining that mod and this one. Oct 20. 6:20 PM REPLY Daddio_UK says: Someone was too frightened to climb up on that roof. 2009. yup.. 2009. Oct 26. 1:20 PM REPLY http://www. 2009. read reviews. its hardware. 2008. Thanks again for this. it will only be a sickle moon. our stupid atmostphere filters out IR over distances such as from here to the edge of it. 7:55 AM REPLY This is great. 2010.instructables. up . 2008. 2008. 2009.. 1:14 PM REPLY Chris Tucker says: I am inexplicably pleased that you live in a neighborhood where your neighbor has such a well appointed weather station. 3:16 AM REPLY Nope. (although you're TV remote will reach across that space. Looks great. 4:51 PM REPLY Croat says: Aug 13. {sigh} Hopefully reporting back with piccies at a later date.

. . 5:06 PM REPLY lmfao! We've been going to AXMAN as a family thing for my whole life.. 2008. and I found an old webcam that I took apart. ebay. the ccd should be the same distance as the film was.html Nov 28... Dec 2. Basically have to hit it up a few times a year as everyone can find some 'jumk' thats totally useable. 11:20 AM REPLY skill3 says: Feb 17. 1:18 PM REPLY in the center of the lens. wires and gauges in your carry on however. 1:22 PM REPLY hypercube33 says: Feb 20. Axman is ALWAYS a must.instructables. but have family in the twin cities and make a pilgrimage there a couple times a year. sbdesigns says: Sep 13. Just keep an eye on it. 3:22 AM REPLY I looked for tele lens or telelens on ebay.but I have a little question. 2008. Found a few a few weeks ago.. borrow one from a photographer who still uses film cameras. or. 4:44 AM REPLY Hey guys .Frank Strudel says: Dec 2. 5:19 PM REPLY I recently built this. 2008. 9:12 AM REPLY Yes. 2008!!! http://www. i mean where = location ) PKM says: Nov 25. craigslist. 2008. turner22 says: what kind of lens is this exactly? Mar 4.. 1:20 PM REPLY dh405 says: Aug 27.net/2007/09/21/mit-student-arrested. 10:09 PM REPLY I live in Los Angeles. this needs to be included or. I just can't find the right spot to get the CCD positioned. Sorry for not making this clear.and i hope that any1 answer me . freecycle. lol I assume you mean how far foward or backward? Depends on the camera the lens came from. but i have no means of accessing any live video from a usb video device on my computer. become friends with a photographer who upgraded to digital and buy their old lenses.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ .too bad they went totally online back in the 90's! hanzablast says: Feb 18. second hand shop. as I found out on my original tests the colors are washed out as the reds have been removed (I think other 'ibles have said to remove it and make an IR cam). Check out my pic taken from Melbourne Australia at 6:30PM Sept 13... 2008.. where can i buy a Telelens ? ( not a site. maybe they're sold now. or software usually given with webcams AMCAP or something like that. 2008. Any tips? lgcalex says: Nov 28. pawn shop. 2008. 2008. A few wonders of the twin cities! I miss the old Egghead Software . lgcalex says: haha yah http://boingboing. do you know of any programs to do this.. move it closer/ further untill it works .first thank you very much for that great video.) JackyMarrow says: Nov 11. 2008. 2008.. You do get funny looks from airport security with random circuit boards.. they will come. 11:24 PM REPLY I bought a 500mm lens on eBay. I found when pulling of the webcam's focus ring that mine had tiny orange filter on it.. 10:55 AM REPLY Your local camera shop.. 2008.. 2008. thanks for the great 'ible. 6:42 PM REPLY lgcalex says: a telephoto (35mm lens equivalent 80mm or greater) Nov 28. harry_osullivan says: camera software called bison cam. 2008.

2008. 1:15 PM REPLY hak5fan says: Mar 30. May 15.you get 5 stars from me! Aug 26. 2008. 11:27 AM REPLY driesyo says: he bedankt he buurland genood Aug 19.. 2008. and I had to extend the housing and add a lens. 10:24 AM REPLY robin-o says: What resolution is the webcam out of interest? Apr 15.. 7:22 AM REPLY casey321b says: sweet. 2:57 AM REPLY I3uckwheat says: could an eyetoy work for the webcam Aug 18. 2008. 9:54 AM REPLY handyman1 says: Aug 9.. 2008. 2008.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . 6:04 PM REPLY hanzablast. I like your's event better then mine! . Jul 12. but it worked. I did the microscope USB Microscope and you did the macroscoe .moris_zen says: Great work man . Got everything I needed for $36. 12:26 PM REPLY laminterious says: SWEET! +! and definitely faved! May 6. but the telelens is not ? it is the same thing but 1 of them is for photography? right? Apr 20. That was all I needed to do http://www. 2008. 2008.. I was wondering if we can do the same with binoculares. Really cool instructable. 10:29 AM REPLY marzvix says: Yeah really cool tips. Apr 14. Awesome. I've tried hard. It was out of an old junked copier machine. 9:26 AM REPLY Thank You for the great idea. i gotta make that.instructables. Biotele says: I was wondering how to build one. If yo've got some extension tubes for your lenses you can use these instead of the PVC adapter. but I couldn't get it working. I made hole in the end cap which fits the extension tubes. 9:21 PM REPLY trueHOUSE says: so why all the telescopes are so cheap . 2008. and it took a few tries to get it right. 2008. 2008. Thanks. The telelens I used was setup different.

2008. 2008. but now i can. 3:06 AM REPLY hanzablast says: Feb 29.com/id/40-USB-super-telescope-easy-to-make-sees-crater/ . 9:58 AM REPLY Awesome.instructables. Thank you. 8:35 AM REPLY cotiste says: Hi. 210mm is fine.can you tell me if this lens could work to make the "super telescope" ? : Tamron AD2 80-210MM 3. 2008. I use a tamron 80-210mm as well. 2008.84 Feb 23. 10:52 AM REPLY Hi cotiste. 6:39 PM REPLY Yellow84 says: Mar 4. I've always wanted a telescope but couldn't afford one. 8:30 AM REPLY view all 113 comments http://www. Feb 23. Good luck!! cotiste says: And please. no i can spy on my neighbors yay! jk :D Mar 2. Sorry if that took some time. 2008. 3:47 AM REPLY soonersseth says: how About a wireless web cam ? Mar 2. 2008. the reference of yours. Mar 4. evolution88 says: this is friggin awesome! props for coming up with such a cool thing. 2008. With any luck it's the exact same type and you can get the diameter adapter from your local hardware store that exactly fits the rubbery part to zoom the lens. it may be the same lens I'm using.turner22 says: This is amazing! I have to try this. 1:10 AM REPLY cotiste says: Can you answer quickly because i want to make it NOW! :) Feb 24. Do you live in France? The license plates are different. 2008. Yes.

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