How to Convert Sony Night Vision Camcorders to Telescopes

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How to Convert Sony Night Vision Camcorders to Telescopes
With the right adaptor, you can turn just about any camcorder into a telescope. (Digital video camera image by pershing from

Most Sony video camcorders have a built-in night vision feature. This capability allows you to record content without light, although it turns the entire recorded content to green. When using a video camcorder, you add additional lenses to the camera, which allows you to turn the video camcorder into a telescope if you have a correct lens attached.

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Things you need

  • User manual
  • Lens adaptor
  • Tripod
  • Telescope lens

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  1. 1

    Check the lens size of your current Sony camcorder (the exact lens size will vary slightly, depending on your model type). Look for this information on the side of the lens and in the user manual.

  2. 2

    Purchase a lens adaptor. This adaptor adheres to the camera lens while allowing you to connect larger, 35-mm-based telescope lenses to the video camera. Look for these lens adaptors both online and at camera supply stores.

  3. 3

    Attach the lens adaptor to the Sony video camcorder's lens. The adaptor twists on like any other lens attachment. Keep in mind that adaptors are generally heavy, so they come with an attachment for a tripod. Screw the base of the adaptor into the top of a tripod (if you have one).

  4. 4

    Place a 35mm telescope lens onto the opening on the lens adaptor, and turn it to the right to set it into place and lock it into the camera. Power on the video camera; it should now be ready for your nighttime viewing. For best results, use the colour viewfinder rather than the LCD screen, as the LCD screen creates light that may reduce the image quality of the night sky.

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