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23 July 2005
First attempt at digiscoping

house sparrows, digiscopingI tried digiscoping today for the first time. I saw Mike's first attempt and figured I should give it a try. I'm not a good photographer, but I've got a lower-end spotting scope (Wind River 15-45X) and camera (Canon A40) so what the heck... Here's a picture of a pair of super exotic house sparrows using the nest box at the corner of my garden, with our 'mullein forest' (Verbascum thapsus L.) as the background.

Well, I have to say that my initial results were mixed. I figured out how to get rid of the vignetting fairly quickly by zooming my camera to 3X. But I'm manually holding my camera at the scope eyepiece so any jiggling of the camera, scope or tripod results in a fuzzy picture. Plus, it takes a few seconds to get the proper camera-scope alignment, so unless the subject is fairly sedate, it might fly off before I can capture it. I can easily see the advantages of a fixed camera-scope adapter.

This technique is definitely worth pursuing a bit since I may be able to get a photo of an otherwise out-of-reach subject once in awhile. As long as it's not in a hurry. Thanks for the suggestion Mike!

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