Binocular Astrophotography – let’s call it a “challenge”

If you are looking for a new challenge in astrophotography, or if you just like to make the most of fairly basic equipment then smartphone astrophotography of deep sky objects may be for you.

I picked up a pair of Celestron Upclose G2 10 x 50 binoculars for £45 and a quick look suggested they were up to the job, with small, well formed stars visible across the central portion of the field.  I already had a couple of smartphone adapters that I’d reviewed on my channel, one basic (£15) and one more sophisticated (£40). All that was needed was to connect it all up and mount the setup on a photo-tripod.

I made a video of the whole process here. I used the excellent ProCam 8 camera app.

Smartphone astrophotography with binoculars.

The results showed that the camera in your pocket is amazing!

A solid connection of the adapter is esential.

When i first tried this out the camera was not correctly centred and perpendicular to the axis of the binocular. The stars were blobs and the field was not fully illuminated.

It should NOT look like this. Adjustment required!
Try out your app – ProCam 8 – during the day
A 1 second sub-frame of Orion’s belt.
M42 with an iPhone and binoculars. 90 seconds total exposure.

Go on, you know you want to!