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Meade Piggyback Bracket for all 7-8" Meade Catadioptric Scopes

B&H # MEBPBLX7 Mfr # 07394
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  • For Mounting Camera on Scope's Exterior

The Meade #07394 Piggyback Bracket fits their 7-8" diameter catadioptric telescopes, and is a popular and easy way to get started in astrophotography.

Stunning, remarkably detailed wide field photos can be taken by attaching your SLR camera atop the telescope, guiding the camera through motion of the telescope itself.  But you can, in fact, use any camera with a 1/4"-20 socket; it certainly helps to have a "bulb" setting for the shutter and manual control over the aperture, though.

For shorter exposures of 5-7 minutes, it is acceptable to use the scope in an altazimuth mode.  For longer exposures beyond 7 minutes, such as any wide field pictures with nebula or other deep space objects in the image, you'll need to either have an equatorially-mounted scope or add a Meade wedge to put the altazimuth mounted scope into an equatorial mode.  This assures no star trails or drifting of the elements in the image.

It certainly helps to have a fast aperture lens for the camera, such as the f/1.2 50mm, 55mm and 85mm lenses available to fit various manufacturer's systems, as this drastically shortens the exposure times.

The slotted mounting holes in the base of this piggyback bracket allow it to be installed in predrilled threaded holes on the Meade 7-8" scopes, and doesn't fit others.

For Meade 7-8" catadioptric scopes
Fits any camera with a 1/4"-20 threaded socket
Meade Piggyback Bracket for all 7-8" Meade Catadioptric Scopes
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    Piggyback Bracket for all 7-8" Meade Catadioptric Scopes
     
    4.3

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          5.0

          did the trick

          By phliperfil

          from cumberland ontario

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          • Easy To Use
          • Strong Construction

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            • Astronomy
            • Astrophotography
            • Terrestrial Viewing

            Comments about Piggyback Bracket for all 7-8" Meade Catadioptric Scopes:

            I had bought this to modify it for use on my Meade light switch because they do not make a piggy back for a DSLR for my telescope .. So what I did was to drill an extra hole with a steel drilling bit .. clean as a whistle .. and rounded to the tee it works perfectly with my Canon rebel EOS T-3

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            3.0

            Workaround required

            By nospoon

            from Australia

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                Comments about Piggyback Bracket for all 7-8" Meade Catadioptric Scopes:

                Despite the example picture showing both the piggyback bracket and a finder scope both attached to the scope at all sites I have seen, I found, after purchase and after-sales inquiry, that the bracket cannot be installed to an unmodified Meade LX200 8" scope with the finder scope in place as they share a common fixing point. Thankfully a solution was easy. I removed the finder scope. Fixed the piggyback bracket in place. I placed a piece of stiff rubber of correct thickness cut to size under the left hand fixing point of the finder scope and replaced the finder scope on the LX200. Both work fine after re-aligning the finder scope. What a pity Meade dont supply a "spacer" like my home made version. Who would want to remove the finder scope and fixings every time in order to use a piggyback bracket? This way, both finder scope and bracket remain permanently attached to my scope. The bracket works fine. I only give it 3 stars because I had to make a visit to the hardware store in order to use it the way I, and I suspect anyone else, would want to.

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                5.0

                Great product

                By Skegboy

                from Milwaukie OREGON USA

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                • Easy To Use
                • Strong Construction

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                  • Astrophotography

                  Comments about Piggyback Bracket for all 7-8" Meade Catadioptric Scopes:

                  Braindead bolt on install.3.25 minutes to do the complete install.My Nikon DX3 was mounted is seconds.

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