Moon(s) and Jupiter [FZ150]

Started Sep 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ron Tolmie
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Re: Moon(s) and Jupiter [FZ150]
In reply to privateman, Dec 15, 2012

To mount a Lumix all you need is a 1/4 - 20 bolt on the clamshell that holds the OTA so that it replaces the normal finder scope. A compact tripod head like the Manfrotto 234RC that has a quick release plate is useful. It is a vast improvement on the usual finder scope. Both need to be aligned to ensure that they are pointing in exactly the same direction but it is much easier to find the target with a wide angle setting and then increase the focal length as needed. With the ZS20 and a pair of stacked teleconverters like the ones you are using you can go to a focal length of 6000mm with the ZS20 and the FZ200 should go to something like 10000mm, which is useful for drift alignment. The IQ improves considerably if you use the HHNS mode with those long focal lengths (using digital zoom).

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