By Andrew Liszewski
Even though squinting through the eyepiece of a telescope feels like the more traditional way to view the stars, I’m sure if Galileo were given the option to study Venus or Jupiter’s moons on a computer monitor, he would have jumped at the chance. Unfortunately such a technological convenience wasn’t available to him, but it is to you for a mere ~$50. (Plus the cost of a computer and a telescope.)
Chinavasion’s selling this rather simple looking digital eyepiece, known as the G227, which comes with a set of adapter rings allowing it to be attached to the eyepiece of most telescopes. A 1/2 inch 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor captures the night sky, but you’ll need to have the eyepiece connected to your PC via USB in order see or record images and video. Now I can’t vouch for the quality of the included DVR and capture software, but hopefully this device shows up as a standard camera accessory allowing you to use whatever app you’d like.