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Hi each N All.  Just recovering from nasty Flu Attack and Bronchitis infection. First time for years.  Seems like the vaccine I had did not include the beast that invaded me.  Not a very nice 2 week session. Howsomeever, I had time to browse around and few pennies to spare and picked up this Canon EOS D7 body with low shutter count and in excellent condx for a little over $400AU.  I have an almost full range of EF lens for my EOS 750D so they are interchangeable.  The white thing ?  It can also be found in black under the Opteka brand. This one, from  Keldalens.com designed in Japan has Bell and Howell lens 650 to 1300mm Telephoto Zoom  f/8 16 MF.

Have looked through it terrestrially.  -   Skies at night are disgusting, after all it is winter and we are actually getting some rain as well :)  However even on the Manfrotto RC2 tripod/mount, manually releasing the shutter causes wobblys. esp at 1300mm.   I also have in my ditty box a T thread 2X converter from my 500mm Mirror lens, which is compatible. 2600mm !!??!! I think I will have to mount it on the EQ6Pro !

ATM I have a remote shutter/Timer control coming for the D7.  That will be essential using this beast. 

Reviews appear to give similar overall views that the glass is of reasonable quality, but at 1300mm is pushing one's friendship a bit.  The units do vary from who made the optics.  Bell and Howell is a very old established company, better known for their manufacture of cinematic projection equipment.  Will be interesting what it can produce astronomically with the moon as the subject.  Hopefully  I will be feeling more inclined soon and that a few occasional clear nights rock up.

Quite impressed with the D7, which mechanically is based on the old 1N film camera (Which I also have) similarly built like a tank and weighs as heavy.

Note:  The photo with the lens extended to 1300mm does tend to indicate a bit of 'sagging' this is not the case the telescoping is very positive and has a lock ring. Its an optical 'confusion' and is quite straight :)

One reviewer said he had issues focusing, for my part I found no difficulty - even with my ancient eyes. However it would be very unfair to compare it with a Genuine Canon Telephoto lens costing $5K!!.

 

Dave.

 

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Hi Shane   Yeah, I have a couple of Opteka type lens a Wide angle and a 500mm Mirror. They are not bad for the price. The 650-1300 lens consists of 5 groups of 8 elements and coated.  Mechanically solid build and neat fitting moving parts with locking.  As mentioned, I do want to get rid of the remnants of this flu B4 I venture out at night.  Making good progress now. 

Dave.

 

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Bloody freezing here in Vic at the moment. This morning the wife and I venture out to the shed for our morning coffee and smoke while watching the morning news and I discovered the shed power had tripped. Upon investigation it appears the problem emanates from the observatory, so I will need to find what the issue is. We did have a rather large storm so perhaps water has got in somewhere and int one of the power leads.

 

Shane

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Yeah, saw some of it on TV..  They call it "global warming"??  Had our far share of cold and wet so far this winter has shown around 350 mm of rain and should get more next week. Of course with rain one needs clouds and with clouds one cannot do Astronomy. 

Night temps over here bouncing just above Zero C.  Yesterday was only 13C Max.

Weeds and stuff absolutely bursting into life. Even this Yuccu at the front entrance has burst into flower. Also Aloe Vera is blazing forth.  (Pics by Canon D7)

PS.  The Yucca is causing quite an interest in the Street, a number of people stopping wid M/Phones taking pictures. I have several of these plants on my block. 

Dave.

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they look cool in flower mate. I cant say ive seen the white one in flower before.

 

Shane

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On 11/08/2019 at 8:06 AM, poppasmurf said:

they look cool in flower mate. I cant say ive seen the white one in flower before.

I agree, I have never seen a white one before. Looks awesome. 

Dave that is a nice little camera rig you have there. Got any moon or Jupiter shots from it yet?

Ray

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Yeah the Yuccas are quite spectacular.  I have a number of them in my garden all white.  No Ray have not had a chance yet. Am just recovering from a bout of the Flu and Bronchitis. I was wiped out for a couple of weeks. and Dr put me on some pretty hefty drugs.  Hopefully get some clear skies soon.

I received the programmable remote control for the D7 today, made by Jintu  (2.4g) Range of up to 100 ft. The D7 has a special remote socket,  this remote comes with a receiver and adapter cable.  The camera can also be operated by a push button on the receiver also by direct cable from the Transmitter unit. - Works well. :)

 

Dave

 

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On 13/08/2019 at 1:15 PM, scorpius said:

The camera can also be operated by a push button on the receiver also by direct cable from the Transmitter unit. - Works well.

Very nice mate. Hopefully you'll get some good action from this unit. We have some sun here today, I might open up the observatory and spy on the sun.

Ray

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