Webcam Telescope Kickoff

I’m starting to collect parts to build a webcam telescope. Concept is really simple: connect a 35mm telescopic lens to a webcam sensor:

webcam telescope

The 35mm lens is designed to create a image big enough to cover the surface of a 35mm piece of film (lets say very roughly 1″ square). The webcam sensor is quite a bit smaller than that, so it will already automatically enlarge what the lens sees.

This is the same effect as putting a standard 35mm lens on a DSLR with an APS sensor except the sensor is even smaller so the magnification is greater.

I question how well this is really going to work, but it’s a pretty simple project and I’ve already got everything I need except the lens mount. I just found that on ebay for $12, so once it arrives from China….


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