While not much use as a telescope without the visual back (with, for this particular make, is a proprietary Baush & Lomb item that is incredibly hard to find nowadays, and if you do is incredibly expensive), by taking the optical tube off the mount and installing the proper adapters, we could connect a DSLR body to the OTA! Fortunately, we have a reasonably good collection of adapters on hand. A bit of “swapping this to go with that” and soon we were in business.
We think the designers of the B&L scope intended the OTA to be easily taken off the mount. We say this because the mounting screws were easy to access AND there was a built-in tripod mount already on the tube.
With the OTA off the mount and a T-adapter/camera adapter attached, the telescope was repurposed as a 1200mm f/12 telephoto lens!!! Granted, a 1200mm telephoto lens will have limited use, but hey…it was a paper weight just an hour ago 🙂
Of course, that big question is “will this thing shoot?” We pointed the setup out the 2nd story window and took a few photos to answer that. Here are a few of the shots taken along with the vantage points so readers can get a sense of the distance to the subject.
Here are our FirstThoughts on the 1200mm f/12 B&L telephoto lens:
- The catadioptric mirror lens is A LOT lighter than a comparable glass lens.
- Tripod is required as it is not possible to handhold it and get a steady shot.
- Proper/fine focusing is a challenge as the control with the small knob on the lens.
- Will need to check the collimation to see if more sharpness can be achieved
Still, not bad for something purchased with what amounted to lunch money!!!
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