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What: To use a digital camera to take pictures through a spotting scope Who: Douglas Bolt www.BoltAssociates.com/ When: Oct. 20, 2004 Where: MBC Meeting, Oct 20, 2004 Why: for FUN!. Digiscoping . Equipment. Digital camera Spotting scope Tripod & Head

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Digiscoping

What: To use a digital camera to take pictures through a spotting scope

Who: Douglas Bolt www.BoltAssociates.com/

When: Oct. 20, 2004

Where: MBC Meeting, Oct 20, 2004

Why: for FUN!

Digiscoping


Equipment
Equipment spotting scope

  • Digital camera

  • Spotting scope

  • Tripod & Head

  • Way to attachment camera to scope


Camera factors to consider
Camera, Factors to Consider spotting scope

  • 4 or more megapixels

  • Ability to tilt LCD

  • Can be attached to scope.

  • Lens that does not move while zooming camera.

Nikon 4500


Scope
Scope spotting scope

  • Large objective to gather light

  • Wide-angle eyepiece

  • Zoom not necessary

  • Better glass yields better pics

  • Angled vs. Straight


Attachment devices

London Camera Exchange spotting scope(LCE) 28mm adapter

Attachment Devices

  • Join camera to scope to minimize vibrations.

  • Allow camera to be quickly attached to scope.


Tripod head
Tripod & Head spotting scope

  • Minimize vibrations.

  • Sturdy & maneuverable

  • Minimize “droop” due to attached camera.


Other useful toys
Other Useful Toys spotting scope

  • Shutter release, cable – homemade or purchased

  • Shutter release, remote – Digisnap

  • Timed shutter release – 3 sec or more

  • Focusing aids – 2x or 3x loupe

  • Battery pack – Digiscoping = big battery drain


Shutter release cable
Shutter Release – Cable spotting scope

  • Very helpful, especially for folks with shaky fingers.

  • Can be easily home made.


Focus aids
Focus Aids spotting scope

  • Very helpful if you don’t use the camera’s auto-focus capabilities.


Useful links on the web
Useful Links on the Web spotting scope

  • www.digiscoping.co.uk/

    (digiscoping-LCE.htm)

  • www.shortcourses.com/how/digiscoping/digiscopint.htm

    (Digiscoping.htm)

  • www.jayandwanda.com/

    (~ 2,500 mm focal length)

  • Google – “digiscope” yielded 59,600 hits!


Essential email subscriptions
Essential Email Subscriptions spotting scope

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/digiscopingbirds/ (Digiscopingbirds)

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/birds-pix/ (Bird-Pix)


Post processing photo editing
Post Processing- Photo Editing spotting scope

  • Paint Shop Pro

  • Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements

  • Others

Before

After


Post processing thumbnails
Post Processing – Thumbnails spotting scope

  • Arles Image Page Creator

  • Thumbnail Generator

  • AC/DC

  • Others



Digiscoping limitations
Digiscoping - Limitations spotting scope

  • Equipment not very portable

  • Limited image quality

  • Birds in flight

  • Shutter lag


Shutter lag
Shutter Lag spotting scope

Shutter was snapped at 10 sec past.