Digiscoping March 9th 2010

February 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I began digiscoping as an alternative to my camera for birding. I seem to fit better with the concept of digiscoping and now I have to work with it to hone my skills. I have excellent equipment with my swaro 80mm HD and adaptor. I went out today for the first time with the adapter and of course it was cold, somewhat rainy. Why is it that everytime I begin something it is in rotten weather?

Anyhow, I had my camera all set up with my adapter on the scope and ready to go. I needed to practice this in the field, much like photography so that was the point of today, to see where I am going wrong and what I have to think about.

First, ....by the time I trooped off to where I wanted to go and spread out the tripod, the camera had readjusted itself or I should say the adapter had. Whether I bumped it or not, ...it was not centered to take a pic. I forgot to bring with me the alum wrench to adjust the camera so right off I learned I need to bring the alum wrench with me.

Second...the height of the tripod needs to be just so. It cannot be the same height I use without adapter and camera. So I needed to come home and play with it and mark my tri pod so I know at what height the legs should be. The adapter and camera add a few inches, thus the height I usually use will not do since I am standing on my tiptoes looking out at the bird. Also, depending on if the scope is angle up to trees, down or even, will or might change height of tri pod. I need to do more field work on that.

I did figure out that I can bring the bird into focus, bring the adapter down with the camera and from the screen refocus if needed prior to taking a shot.

So, end of day learning?....(a) I need to bring alum wrench (b) tri pod height adjustment is different than with no camera and adapter (c) I need to figure out the exact spotting my marking my adapter so if it does get off whack, I can easily adjust in the field since I will mark where it should be.

Other questions....(a) how easy to pack around camera and adapter and scope and tri pod? I am usually one to go light and this is a bit more than I usually do. I do not bird from a sitting blind, from the car etc...I am in the field walking into what ever topography I find myself in ...in ecuador in all sorts of climate, even in the states. (b) How easy is it to find and locate birds given the adapter attached? (C) is this set up more for long distance waterfoul and birds or for any type of birding? (d) will my birding change to more sitting and waiting with my scope already adjusted and ready to take a shot as opposed to walking around with my camera and taking shots...so more of a sit and wait (although not in a blind or any thing of the sort). .....

More later as I post and update my blog thru more field work.


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