Digiscoping Oct 30th, 2011

February 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I am back from the coast....cloudy days. But I want to try some digiscoping techniques.

First....I want to compare by SX20 Canon Super Zoom with my Swaro... easy since there are plenty of house sparrows in my yard.

Took shots using the Sx20 at full zoom which is 20 power I believe. Tooks shots with the Swaro at 20 power but with my Canon S90 on 3-4 optical zoom.

The results were easily for the spotting scope. One issue with the camera is that no matter how hard one tries to keep it steady, it is almost impossible when you are zooming at 20x...let along the latest cameras with super zoom up to 35. To get clear shots, you need a tripod but by using one, you defeat the purpose of a quick and portable method of photography.

The scope worked fine...even in cloudy skies and a shutter speed of 125. I have found the optimum method for me with the right ISO, Exposure and zoom. I have a 20-60x eyepiece. After playing with the ISO, exp and zoom, I think I came up with what I feel is the perfect method for taking shots using my scope...anyplace. Of course Exposure is to be adjust quite a bit depending on type of bird and background...

more to come as I practice with it ...

It is essential that one uses a 'timer' ..I place mine on a 2 second delay and four continuous shots. That way the vibration is lessened. That is crucial...it has to be on a tripod and it needs to be on the timer. Without that, you have blurs. Especially in low light situations.

I prefer low ISO... exposure +1 notch.


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