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Posted by Kip Crawford on October 27, 2001 23:11:08 UTC

There are T-C adapters for camcorders, only if the camcorder itself can accomadate to the adapter. If not, you'll need a rig to "shoot" afocally. Hopefully the camcorder is light. You'll need to compensate for weight and balance and make darn sure the LX200 drive system can handle the weight. CCD rigs which are used on these scopes (i.e. LX200's) are very light. They can handle certain weight is used with an SLR camera. You'll need a Tele-Extender and even possibly a focal reducer to reduce vignetting at higher powers. Some of the "higher" end Vid-cams for telescopes are designed for this very thing. Usually your more conventional camcorders can be used, but modifications or extra brackets will be needed. I tried afocally coupling my camcorder to my G-8 just to see if I could do it...couldn't. Too heavy and if I compenstaed with other weight, it gave my drive motors a hernia. Though the LX200 is a stout scope, weight and balance is a major factor you need to consider. Good Luck!!

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