How can I use my current camera whose zoom lens can't be removed behind an f/6 refractor for as an astrophotography?

I am looking at an Astrotech AT60ED (60 mm f/6 with a field flattener) and a Digi-Kit telescope adapter to do astrophotography, mainly deep-sky and I'm wondering if I can use my current Panasonic DMC-FZ50 Type CCD camera body.

The problem is that it has a zoom lens that can't be detached which is why I am worried.

• Questions about astrophotography techniques and equipment are certainly on-topic here, but "shopping questions" or "what should I buy?" are discouraged, so I edited out some aspects. If I understand correctly you just want to know if you can use your current camera which has a zoom lens that can't be removed to do astrophotography with an f/6 refracting telescope. Just fyi there is also Photography SE and the astrophotography tag has over 300 questions. – uhoh Dec 4 '19 at 23:05
• There might be more familiarity with the specific commercial products there, adaptors, etc. – uhoh Dec 4 '19 at 23:05

The AT60ED is a nice small refractor. However, its objective lens simply projects an image at the focal plane. Adding a field flattener mimimizes curvature that degrades sharpness at the edges of the image. The flattener requires a specific back-focus, or distance (about 57 mm for the AT60 FF) between its (T2, 42 mm thread) flange and the image plane where the sensor should be located.

If your camera has a non-removable lens, its sensor cannot be placed directly at the focal plane. You cannot just attach your lens to the telescope or field flattener to take an image.

I believe that the only alternative for a camera with lens is to use eyepiece projection, also called digi-scoping. An eyepiece magnifies the image at the refractor's focal plane and projects it, usually so the eye can then focus the image on the retina. Instead, if a camera is attached to the eyepiece using a suitable adapter, its lens can then focus the image.

Eyepiece projection also has disadvantages, including a small field of view, vignetting, and often balance issues due to the camera weight and adapter attached to a small eyepiece, rather than directly to the focuser of the telescope. However, lots of people use eyepiece projection just by holding their cell phone camera at the exit pupil of the eyepiece.