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OPFA - Eyepiece Projection adapter ( I - VII )

$69.00
SKU OPFA-1 (Baader #2458141)
OPFA-Version

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Description

Baader OPFA eyepiece holder for classic eyepiece projection with SLR and DSLR cameras

Each OPFA is a complete accessory set for focal photography and eyepiece projection (without projection eyepiece and without T-2-ring for the camera) with connection to the telescope, sliding focuser and 2 pieces of 40mm T-2 extension tubes. A suitable T-2-ring for your camera must be ordered separately.

The OPFA projection systems can be set to be light-tight and bolt-tight, so nothing can wobble anymore. With additional T-2 extension tubes, even extreme projection scales can be achieved – even with CCD cameras!

Each eyepiece projection works in the same way, although there are some practical differences wheather the camera is used WITH or WITHOUT lens. When working with a (digital) SLR camera, the lens is usually removed, and the camera body is attached directly to the projection unit.

If the camera lens is integrated into the system, this is called afocal projection. This is the usual method when shooting with digital viewfinder cameras, where the lens can NOT be removed. For these cameras, we recommend the ADPS, which can be set to a short distance between eyepiece and camera lens. The following diagram shows the structure of the classic eyepiece projection with cameras, where the lens can be removed.


The focus plane or focal image of the telescope is projected onto the film/camera sensor via a projection eyepiece (similar to a slide projector, which projects the magnified slide onto a screen). The resulting focal length is called the equivalent focal length (fE).

The reproduction scale depends on the focal length of the eyepiece (fEP) and the projection distance (a). The equivalent focal length is calculated as follows (the longer it gets, the bigger the image on the film becomes):

f_E = fprimary × ((a ÷ fEP) - 1)

The effect of the different parameters can easily be seen from the formula. If the eyepiece focal length is reduced and / or the distance a (between focal point of the eyepiece and the camera sensor/film) is increased, the value of the equivalent focal length (and with it, the magnification) increases; the picture gets bigger.

Our OPFA units are set up (from right to left) as in the following example

The parts marked in blue correspond to the OPFA-4 basic version, which has a male T-2-thread on the with camera side and a female T-2-thread on the telescope side. Each OPFA (model 1-3 and 5-7) has got another telescope adapter included in the scope of delivery. In the example, the adapters of OPFA 1 and 2 are shown in green. The parts marked in red are not included in any OPFA!



The unit starts on the telescope side, i.e. on the focuser (to the right). Shown in the picture are OPFA-1 (1¼" nosepiece) and OPFA-2 (2" nosepiece). If your focuser has a different connector, you have to choose between OPFA-3 and OPFA-7 (e.g. OPFA-3 for Celestron and Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes).

This is followed by a sliding focuser with a T-2 locking ring. The 1¼" eyepiece (not supplied) is inserted into this sliding focuser and clamped in. The function of the locking ring and the sliding focuser is described below.

Now, the two 40mm T-2 extension tubes are screwed onto the sliding focuser, the eyepiece (outer diameters of up to 38mm are possible) will be inside of the T-2 extensions. The extensions are used to set the distance between eyepiece and camera (ie to establish the projection distance). By adding more T-2 extensions (see our Astro T2 system), the distance (and the image) can be enlarged.

The OPFA is connected to the (digital) SLR camera through a camera-specific T-ring (not included).

The function of the sliding focuser and the locking ring

The sliding focuser makes a fine adjustment of the projection distance possible a by slightly pushing the eyepiece forward or backward.

By loosening the locking ring, the complete unit can be rotated steplessly, until the attached camera is to set to a favorable orientation. Of course, for the models OPFA-1 and OPFA-2 the camera can also be rotated with the complete unit.

In the models OPFA-3 to OPFA-7, the connection from the OPFA to the focuser is a rigid screw connection. Here, the camera orientation can only be changed via the locking ring of the sliding focuser.

OPFA System Layout

The below system layout gives an idea of the flexibility and different configurations possible for use in a standard eyepiece projection setup (see below images for some afocal setups). The OPFA takes advantage of its compatibility with the Astro-T2 System, permitting you to design the exact system to fit your needs. Any 1.25" eyepiece (up to 37mm body diameter) may be used. The eyepiece is securely retained with a separate knurled lock screw.

The OPFA incorporates a novel sliding focuser assembly (#24), which permits you easily vary the distance between the eyepiece and camera (total travel of 12mm). Simply loosen the lock screw, adjust the focus tube, and securely lock in place at the desired position. Additional distances can be achieved by the use of any of our Extension Tubes (two 40mm extension tubes #25B are supplied as part of the OPFA). This feature is particularly valuable in matching the eyepiece-to-lens distance for afocal projection systems (see below for some images of several digital cameras setup for afocal projection imaging).

OPFA System Layout, Eyepiece Projection Imaging
Specifications

I: 1¼" barrel

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458141
EAN CODE 4047825010155
WEIGHT (KG) 0.166
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 55,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M28,5, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
OUTER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Barrel, 1¼"
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO 1¼" Okularauszüge
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension, Filter holder

II: 2" barrel

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458142
EAN CODE 4047825010148
WEIGHT (KG) 0.199
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 60,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75), M48
OUTER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Barrel, 2" (50,8mm)
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO 2" Okularauszüge
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension, Filter holder

III: 2" SC-thread

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458143
EAN CODE 4047825010131
WEIGHT (KG) 0.174
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 60,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75), 2" (50,8mm)
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO Celestron (und Meade) Schmidt-Cassegrain Spiegelteleskope
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension

IV: Base version (T-2 inner thread)

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458144
EAN CODE 4047825010124
WEIGHT (KG) 0.144
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 60,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO T-2 Gewinde
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension

V: M44 Zeiss thread

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458145
EAN CODE 4047825010117
WEIGHT (KG) 0.162
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 60,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
OUTER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M44
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO Zeiss-Fernrohre mit M44 Innengewinde
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension

VI: M43 Vixen thread

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458146
EAN CODE 4047825010100
WEIGHT (KG) 0.16
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 60,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
OUTER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M43
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO Vixen-Okularauszüge mit Innengewinde M43 x
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension

VII: M36.4 Vixen/TAK/Lichtenknecker thread

MANUFACTURER Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458147
EAN CODE 4047825010100
WEIGHT (KG) 0.158
OPTICAL LENGTH (MM) variabel
USAGE Okularprojektions-Adapter
CAMERA ADAPTABLE Zur Fotografie mit digitalen und/oder analogen Spiegelreflexkameras mit abnehmbarem Objektiv
INNER DIAMETER / CLEAR APERTURE (MM) 38
OUTER DIAMETER 60,0
INNER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, M34, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
OUTER CONNECTION (LENS SIDED) Thread, 1 3/8"
OUTER CONNECTION (EYEPIECE/-CAMERA-SIDED) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
ADAPTABLE TO Vixen-Okularauszüge mit Innengewinde M43 x
TYPE OF ADAPTER Camera Adapter, Extension
Downloads
Digiscoping - camera adaptations for afocal photography and eyepiece projection