Your web browser is out of date. Update your browser for more security, speed and the best experience on this site.
Find out more
We use cookies and similar technologies to optimise your experience when using this site, to help us understand site usage, and to tailor our advertising on third party sites. Read about Cookies and view our Privacy Policy at the bottom of each page on our website at any time.
Camera Configuration
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS

My camera as a notebook

Building stuff - moon camera part 1

I have been promising myself I would build another really big camera. And I have been studying stuff about the moon camera made by Warren De La Rue in the mid 19th Century. So time to give it a try. Each step of the way I take an image to go in my notebook as a record of the design stages in a project.

So here is a snapshot of early progress. Warren before me used a 13 inch (33cm) diameter mirror to focus the light. I have a 35cm diameter mirror left over from my holography days so close enough for this project. These are heavy pieces of glass so need a sturdy mount. I stole the design from the Lovell Telescope I had seen at the Science Photographer of the Year exhibition. Good enough for Jodrell Bank; good enough for me.

Warren placed his camera in the focus point of the mirror. In his case he used wet glass plates but I decided on a DSLR for now. Here is the record of the first design set up from my note book, taken using my smartphone.

I get a lot of satisfaction and learning from building stuff. Give it a try.

More to follow if the rain keeps off.