Digiscoping March 14th, 2010

February 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Since I have time...I am digiscoping. The weather was a bit crummy today in the Northwest with cloudy skies and a bit of spit in the air.

I went out to photograph geese and other waterfoul in the wet areas. No use looking for song birds or sparrows when weather is so bad....

But learned a few things as I took both my camera and 300 lens and my digiscoping equipment. I am getting digiscoping down pat with my adapter and feeling more comfortable doing it. That helps, just establishing your comfort zone. I use my left hand to focus with the focal ring on my swaro and to also follow birds with the scope if they are moving. I use my right hand on the shutter button.

Thing I learned today.....birds in flight ....the camera lens is much better. It is way to difficult to follow flight birds with a scope, a lens is easy... Birds from a distance are better photo'd with the scope, up close it is a toss up. Huge Learning Find is the distance from the eyepiece glass of your camera. I had it out just a bit too far. Even an extra mm is too much. I believe it should be no more than 2 mm once the camera is turned on and the lens pops out from the point and shoot. Anymore and you will always have more blue than needed. I found this out when I was scoping in on a goose and using 60x magnification and I still had a bit of vignetting. I was trying to figure out why and never did figure it out till I came home and looked at the space I had between open lens and glass on eye piece. TOday I hope to try this out a bit more and see the difference. Yesterday I got blurred images when I shouldn't have so figure it was the spacing issue.

That shows you how important it is when digiscoping to really check your equipment prior to taking a shot. Not just the settings on your camera as usual, but the equipment. I looked ahead of time to see if it was centered on the eyepiece when the adapter for camera swung into place, which it was....but not the closeness of the camera lens once I turn on the camera. So....a new thing to learn!!!

Also, when using the scope to pan, make sure you have tightend up the fluid head so you have just a bit of play, not a lot...so your scope is not too fluid in motion~!... that is an easy one to pick up on but something that I thought about yesterday when digiscoping.

Last thing to learn...or just know...cloudy weather is not good for any photography at a distance. Just not enough light. My flash kept coming on my camera and that is a bad thing when digiscoping as it is only providing a flash on the eyepiece...terrible~ I can't seem to turn it off. Also, I would like to get a camera that allows me to have a remote control switch but that will have to wait as I just bought this one 4 months ago and it was 200$ but I need to find a good digiscoping camera...


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