Digiscoping: A Bird Watcher's Best Friend
If you are an avid bird watcher and want to take great photos, then Digiscoping can prove to be quite advantageous. Here are few tips which will help you take those outstanding shots.
The quality of the optics used in the spotting scope will have a direct impact on your image and hence always go for the best optics. The second thing to consider is the diameter of the objective lens. Select a scope which has a wide diameter, as it will be able to capture more light which in turn will let you keep a faster speed for your shutter (thus avoiding any blurs). The next thing to consider is the comfort level of the eyepiece and the wide angle view it is going to offer. Also, choose a sturdy digscoping adapter which will secure your camera to the eyepiece.
Setting up the Camera
If you are using a digital camera, then make sure the optical zoom of your camera is not more than 5x as a higher power is usually not compatible with a scope. When you look through the view finder in your camera and observe any dark outline or corners, you can remove that by adjusting the zoom on your camera. Once the image fully occupies the frame, the focusing should be done by adjusting the scope. It is also better to have a cable release to avoid any shake when taking the shot.
Your digiscoping setup should be mounted on a stable platform for which tripods made of carbon fiber are best, as they reduce vibrations and are also quite light to handle. Also, use a balance rail to add weight to the front of the scope, to offset the weight of your camera.