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Old Tuesday 22nd July 2014, 03:45   #1
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Opticron MM3 + IPhone 5S videoscoping in slow motion

I tried a videoscoping attempt with the IPhone 5S and the Opticron MM3 50mm spotter. Pretty happy with my initial attempts. Videos were shot using the 5s's slow motion capability. Links are to my Flickr page.

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https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/73029961@N07/14701040721/
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Old Monday 4th August 2014, 02:34   #2
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Old Saturday 30th August 2014, 14:19   #3
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Not taken in slow motion but....

Thought you folks might enjoy a video I just digiscoped with the Opticron MM3 50 mm and my IPhone 5S. Taken at a local lake this morning. Great Egret.

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Awesome. The youtube works but the first ones don't have video on my PC.
Maybe I need an Apple subscription ;-)
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Hi, Frank -

The videos look very nice. I recently acquired both pieces of your videoscoping equipment. Were these videos taken with the iPhone hand held?

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Steve,

No, I don't have particularly steady hands. Until Opticron debuts their new digiscoping IPhone adapter in the next couple of weeks I opted to pick up a temporary alternative. The Carson Hookupz IPhone adapter. I use it without any of the internal rubber rings and it fits perfectly around the 18x wide angle eyepiece. I don't have the HDF zoom at the moment but I think it had a wider diameter so the Carson wouldn't work. For $11 it is hard to complain about.

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Awesome. The youtube works but the first ones don't have video on my PC.
Maybe I need an Apple subscription ;-)
What do you mean that the first ones don't have video on your PC? Do you mean the other videos I posted to YouTube or something with the Great Egret video I linked above?
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Frank, would you measure the inside diameter of your adaptor for me? Do you think it would fit the Celestron standard zoom eyepiece from an F-ED 80? Thanks,
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From what I remember the celestron had a wider eyecup diameter than my current Opticron eyepiece. Measured diameter is 45 mm but the plastic flexes a little. Today's videos......

http://youtu.be/u2Svsd7kc2U

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Yep. That EP is right at 50mm.

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Good point. I do have the HDF zoom so I won't be able to go that route. I do like to tinker though so it's down to the workshop to see if I can come close to replicating that setup.

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I don't have the HDF zoom at the moment but I think it had a wider diameter so the Carson wouldn't work.
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Steve,

Something to consider, the Carson adapter is plastic and actually two pieces. The round section attached to the IPhone holder. I don't remember if it is an interlocking press fit design by itself or if there was a small amount of glue utilized in addition. I accidentally discovered this when I pulled a bit too hard and at the wrong angle when removing it from the spotter. A little bit of glue fixed it right up and I haven't had an issue since. Since you mentioned tinkering I wonder if you couldn't just remove the circular eyepiece section and reattach something of your own design.

Just a thought.

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Thanks for the thought. I'll let you know if I can first put together something out of plywood and 2x4's. I promise not to put any patents on it!

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Old Sunday 21st September 2014, 19:04   #14
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This morning video/Iscoping attempt can be found at....

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My latest attempt. Great Blue Geron slow motion digiscoped video via the Opticron and the Ipgone 5 S. I was a little behind the bird as I was trying to videoscope a Belted Kingfisher when the Heron flew through the field of view.

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My latest attempt. Great Blue Geron slow motion digiscoped video via the Opticron and the Ipgone 5 S. I was a little behind the bird as I was trying to videoscope a Belted Kingfisher when the Heron flew through the field of view.

http://youtu.be/N5w3uFiRVGU
That's excellent tracking! The video is pretty good considering
all those frames exposed. Not as ghostly as some other videos.
I think you had an excellent lighting angle. Awesome for 50mm!
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Thanks ON. I will continue to refine the craft. There is always room for improvement.

Speaking of ghostly though, I went in the opposite direction (technique wise) and tried my hand at a brief time-lapse video. Same setup as previously mentioned. You can see what the conditions were at the lake yesterday morning in the video.....

http://youtu.be/jdBQheMzMfY
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The time-lapse is fantastic!
The contrast is better with more exposure, and the movement of the fog actually helps the
optic cortex further improve the perceived saturation.

Egrets and herons are especially well suited for long-time views.
Like any fisherman they have to be patient. One way to find a heron far away
is to look for the stick that doesn't move in the wind.
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Great work Frank!! Impressive!
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Thanks ON and Steve. I am having a great deal of fun tinkering with all the new IOS 8 features on the Iphone. It is so easy and yet offers so many creative options. A "regular" video of the same bird can be found at:

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Some further videos with the Opticron and IPhone from earlier today......

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Absolutely Loving these videos - thinking of having a go myself as I have the same scope now. Do you use one of these to connect the phone to the telescope Frank.

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Punta,

I would encourage you to do so. It is a lot of fun. I am actually waiting for it to get light out right now just so I can head back up to the lake to take some more pics and video. :-)

To answer your question, I have actually been using two adapters. The Opticron model you linked to wasn't avaiable when I first started so I bought a different one. I now use the Opticron one almost exclusively.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Don't be frustrated if they don't always turn out as well as you had hoped. I throw out way more pics and video than I keep.

Good luck!
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Two more videos from yesterday morning.

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I finally put together a compilation video of the various Videoscoping segments I took over the last two months. Be forewarned, it is 15 minutes long. Click on the HD resolution option before watching.

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