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3D Print a Camera to Telescope Adapter for Nikon, Sony, Canon

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Take pictures through your telescope with a camera to telescope adapter. Instead of buying one, you can 3D print it easily.

If own a telescope or plan to buy one, you probably want to share your hobby in the form of some awesome pictures. All you need is something to connect a camera to your telescope. There are cameras made specifically for that purpose, but most of them are pretty expensive. Especially if you already own a DSLR camera.

So why not 3D print your camera to telescope adapter?

There are some good solutions out there to choose from. So finding a fitting adapter won’t be as difficult as figuring out the right camera settings.

If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you still should read on. All of the items here can be printed professionally by a 3D printing service. You can find all the information here. 

Camera to Telescope Adapters For Canon DSLR’s

Looks like a really, really long tele lens...right?
This mount basically looks like an extremely long tele lens. A tripod might help for stable shots.

As long as the adapter is for a Canon EF mount, it should work with all recent DSLR models from Canon.


Camera to Telescope Adapters For Nikon DSLR’s

This Nikon DIY camera adapter can be printed in under an hour (image: Thingiverse)
This Nikon DIY camera adapter can be printed in under an hour (image: Thingiverse)

Of course there is something for Nikon users also.

Camera to Telescope Adapters For Sonys DSLR’s and Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are creeping up to the established DSLR market... and they can be used for astrophotography also.
Mirrorless cameras are creeping up to the established DSLR market… and they can be used for astrophotography also.

Meade telescopes are popular among 3D printer users.

  • The Meade telescope to Sony FE/E-mount Adapter enables you to use a mirrorless Sony camera for astrophotography. It’s a nicer solution than putting the full weight of a DSLR on the telescope which could have enough leverage to affect its stability.
  • Alternatively, this one was made for an Orion 6″ Dobson with 750mm focal length.
  • A more and more commonly used mount is the Micro Four Thirds mount, dominating the market alongside Sony’s E-mounts. So if you have a camera with one, the m4/3 to 1.25 inch adapter for astrophotography will make your day- or better, your night.

Other 3D printable Telescope Adapters

The RaspberryPi Camera is a 5 MP cam that supports images as well as 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps video.
The RaspberryPi Camera is a 5 MP cam that supports images as well as 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps video.

You don’t own one of the previously listed camera types? there are plenty more options to start with astrophotography.

  • You may think you need a sophisticated cam, but you can try any compact camera. Simply print out the camera mount for telescopes and adjust it so the image gets in focus.
  • Open Source fans own a RaspberryPi Cam already. This cam is also usable for astrophotography with a RaspberryPi Camera telescope mount from your 3D printer.

One more thing… if you don´t own a telescope yet, but can’t wait to get one for a start in astrophotography, I´d recommend taking a look at the Printonian, a 3D printed telescope.

(Images: Pixabay, Thingiverse)