What is Digiscoping?
How often have you looked through your spotting scope at a bird in the far distance and thought: "I wish I had a photo of this!"? How often have you observed a falcon or maybe a butterfly which was so far away that if you had taken a photo with the small digital camera in your pocket it would have been no more than a small dot? How often have you looked at a photo in a birding or nature magazine and thought: "I wish I had taken that"?
The Pleasure of Observing
Now, because of the magic of digiscoping you can bring home beautiful, frame-filling nature photos, taken from a relatively long distance and without disturbing nature.
Digiscoping uses the high magnification of a spotting scope while photographing with a digital camera. Digiscoping opens up completeley new possibilites of photography even beyond the reach of large, expensive tele lenses – at a fraction of the costs that would be necessary for a complete DSLR/long lens outfit.
Digital reflex cameras with long tele objectives are too large, too heavy, and too expensive for most nature observers – and often they are not powerful enough to capture frame filling pictures of distant birds. When photographers started placing a compact digital camera behind the eyepiece of a spotting scope focused on a bird they were amazed by the quality of the results. When they then published their photos on the internet, other birders could share their enthusiasm.
Digiscoping spread rapidly. By now digiscoping is no longer limited to birding circles but has found friends in all areas of photography.
This pages will provide enough information to get you started in the world of digiscoping, so you can concentrate on what really matters: the pleasure of observing and of beautiful images.
A spotting scope takes you a lot closer to nature
With its 15 to 75 times magnification you are right in the middle of the action without disturbing nature. A bird, observed at 30 power, will appear 30 times closer to the naturalist. If instead of the observer a camera is located behind the 30 power eyepiece, the focal length of the camera lens is also increased by a factor of 30.
A digital camera with its zoom objective set to a medium focal length becomes, behind the eyepiece, a super-tele objective with a focal length of approx. 1000 mm. Due to the adjustable zoom, you can easily generate focal lengths and picture details which correspond to a 4000 mm 35 mm format lens.