Digi-scoping anyone ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Just bought a second hand Opticron spotting telescope and interested in using it for taking photos.

    Have tried it just holding my Fujifilm X100s camera to the eyepiece , that works ok but it really needs a mount.. but as far as I can find out the only way to mount it is to use a universal compact camera mount which is a bit clumsy ..I contacted Opticron and they only supply the universal mount..

    I could buy a mount for my Nikon DSLR but that is more kit to carry ..

    Or buy another compact camera with mounting kit from Opticron..

    Looking for advice about the best way forward.. getting it wrong is expensive..

    Result with hand held Fuji x100s camera ..quite pleased with this but would have been better if camera mounted properly..
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    to give an idea of distance.. same view... (TV aerial on Chimney) no scope.

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    I too have an Opticron scope and have sometimes thought about digiscoping. I'll watch this thread with interest.
     
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    This is interesting......... The scope must have been very well supported. Jim, any idea as to what shutter speed and lens aperture you used for that?

    Looks like a good thread in the making :xThumb:
     
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  4. scotjimland

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    hi
    thanks
    Scope on tripod.. but still has camera shake due to being just held against eyepiece.. scope was on 20x magnification..

    Camera setting. 1/60 at f2 ISO 800

    Photo very slightly cropped to get rid of vignetting
     
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    Thanks Jim. Much appreciated
     
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    I have a Swarovski scope and various Swarovski digiscoping attachments which I wanted for bird and wildlife photography but found by the time I had it set up the target had usually moved.:xdoh:

    So after a few failed attempts I gave up ....... anyone interested in the attachments? (the scope is not for sale)
     
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    Have you been in the rsbp shop at Minsmere it has some good displays for ideas.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    yeah.. i can see that being a problem.. just back from Bawdsey Quay and a few more trials ..

    nice sunshine, but too cold and windy.. brrrrrrrrrr
     
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    Yes, certainly have:xThumb: .... and many of the other reserves too but not currently looking for anything new.
     
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    We love it down at BQ, it's a beautiful spot and fully intend to camp down there sometime in the new year when it's a bit warmer.

    I have given up trying to photograph the little critters when out and about now and just happy to spot them through the scope or bins.
     
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    @icantremember when you go to BQ don't forget to give us a shout .. :xThumb:
     
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    Well that was a bit of a cock up but I was using my phone without my glasses:xblush:
    So I am going to try again with Jim.
    Scotjimland.....Have you been in the rsbp shop at Minsmere it has some good displays for ideas.:xgrin:
     
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    Hi

    Look at www.digiscoping.co.uk it has an adapter for an Opticron scope and gives you info re digiscoping.

    Doug
     
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    Certainly will Jim.:xThumb:
     
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    not yet.. not far from us so will be going soon.. cheers
     
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    They do some nice snacks in their eatery should you feel the need.:xwink:
     
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    ha ha.. you mean should I win the lottery... :xrofl:

    don't do eating out ... sarnies and a flask :xThumb:
     
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    Martin has his Nikon camera mounted onto the celestial telescope using bits he got from ebay. Northern Optics was the supplier if I remember.

    He has used it as a terrestrial scope as well. Amazing.
     
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