Originally Posted by savage 40
Here's what I did.. Take the camera apart and remove the lens.. Then (daylight hours) I focused the scope on a distant location like an antenna or light pole.. Then remove the eyepiece from the scope.. Place the camera ove the eyepiece socket moving it in and out while watching the laptop screen.. When it came into focus I looked to see how far away the camera needed to be from the socket and then proceeded to construct the tube for it.
Makes perfect sense... thanks. This is something I'll have to try. Any webcam program that will also record the images to a file will work for this, and I have several. My 5MP camera with scratched lens (a JAZZ HDV178) also has an LCD view screen that could be used for focusing, though maybe not as precise. I've stripped this camera down to nothing but the camera circuit board for AV use, so I'm half way there already!
I guess this loses any magnification that an eyepiece can provide, but it will still be a fun project