Product reviews and tests

If you are interested in astronomical digiscoping, whether digiscoping distant galaxies or closer to home objects like the moon and planets, Phil Sokell from Optical Hardware has written this interesting article on digiscoping the sky at night.

The Big Olivon T90s Battle it out for Digiscoping supremacy.
Does an ED spotting scope (featuring low dispersion glass) produce better results when digiscoping than a non ED model?

Is too much zoom a bad thing for digiscoping?

Do your research
If you don't own any digiscoping equipment like a spotting scope or digital camera, search the web and get lots of advice on the correct tools for the job before making a purchase.
Get to know your gear
Before you start digiscoping, make sure you can operate your scope and camera individually making it easier when you combine the two.
Don't run before you can walk
Practice makes perfect, before you even think about taking an image of wildlife, test your camera and scope settings in your back garden. Use a tree or bush as a subject and experiment until you are confident you are using the best settings.
Don't expect too much
In my experience, possibly 90% of images taken on a digiscoping session will be thrown away, don't be disheartened, that's the beauty of digital photography, we can take as many pictures as we like, and only keep the good ones! - play with your settings to get the best picture. The buzz you get when going through your images and finding one that's just right is fantastic.
Image manipulation
All your images will require further work on your computer. This is perfectly normal. It is important that you purchase and get to know your way around your image editing software, it's just as important as your scope and camera, and will vastly improve your images. See the my technique pages for more help.
Enjoy it!
Don't get too bogged down and frustrated if you are out on a days digiscoping and your images are disappointing, there are many factors including the weather that can hinder your performance, remember why you are there - because you enjoy experiencing nature!
The right conditions
A lot of factors will determine the results of your digiscoping, not just your equipment, good light is important, allowing for faster shutter speeds in order to freeze bird motion and limit camera shake. Hot days can cause heat haze which will vastly reduce the quality of your results. Strong winds will increase the chance of camera shake, no matter how stable your tripod.
Take Care
Viewing the sun can cause permanent eye damage. Never view the sun with any optical equipment or even with the naked eye.

Always follow manufacturers instructions when attaching adapters to your optical equipment.


Phonescoping - is this the end for compact camera digiscoping?

When I first start writing digiscope diary back in 2006 - digiscoping with your phone was never an option, how technology has changed over the last few years, and with smart phones and their superb built in cameras and image quality now having a huge impact on the sales of point and shoot compact cameras in general, it was only a matter of time that the smart phone would change the way we digiscope.

And why not? Phonescoping ticks all the right boxes for digiscopers. The phones are small and compact and an item that you would usually carry with you anyway - it fits the whole ethos of digiscoping - we want a compact method of capturing super telephoto images. Secondly it simplifies the digiscoping technique. Digiscoping with your smart phone is by far the most easy digiscoping technique with a far greater success rate and easier to set up and use.

If you haven't considered phonescoping - you might just be missing a trick - read my article here on phonescoping with the Olivon T650 and the Olivon universal smart phone adapter.

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Does your digital compact camera have a movie function? Ever thought about using it through your scope?

Most digital cameras are now equipped with the option of digital video. So why not utilise this great function whilst digiscoping? Recording video through your scope offers a whole new aspect to your digiscoping allowing you to record behavior and sound of your chosen subject matter.
Here are a few hints and tips to get you started.



A new section dedicated to DSLR photography.

Aimed at the beginner, DSLR diary features DSLR beginners guides, easy to understand DSLR advice and techniques for all types of DSLR photography including Macro, Wildlife, bird photography, landscape and photographing flowers.
The site also features my DSLR equipment including DSLR body, lenses and accessories plus DSLR picture galleries including a gallery featuring images of Wildlife, macro and landscape photography. As the site develops it will also include DSLR camera and equipment reviews.
Click here to go to the new dslrdiary section


Digiscoping is the art of attaching a digital camera to a spotting scope to create powerful telephoto pictures.

Perfect for wildlife photography, especially bird watching, digiscoping lets you use the powerful zoom of your spotting scope, coupled with the ease of use and convenience of your digital camera - enabling you to get right in to your chosen subject and capture amazing images of wildlife, without having to get to close and risk disturbing your subject matter, all at the fraction of the cost of using an SLR camera with a large telephoto lens.

A keen birdwatcher, I have always wanted to capture close up images of birds, after a lot of research on the net, in my opinion, digiscoping is the perfect method.

This website aims to help anybody who is interested in digiscoping, whether a beginner or more advanced, the site features my digiscoping pictures, information on digiscoping equipment and techniques, hints and tips, plus useful digiscope links for further reading. All the advice on this website is written by myself, by no means an expert, that's the beauty of digiscoping, as long as you are confident enough using a spotting scope and are familiar with the basic settings of your digital camera, you can achieve fantastic images. If you are a beginner, I recommend you read my beginners guide to digiscoping before proceeding to the more detailed information available on this website.

The site is also an area for me to share and record my digiscope experiences throughout the year with other enthusiasts. Success and failures and anything I learn along the way can be found on the digiscope diary page.

The 'my gear' section features articles and reviews on the digiscoping equipment that I use, including information and findings on digiscoping digital cameras, digiscoping adapters, digiscoping accessories, spotting scopes, tripods and digiscoping image editing tools.

The internet is packed with many digiscope websites, where you can discuss digiscoping, see inspiring pictures and learn the best techniques, the digiscoping links page is a great place to start.

If you would like to share any of your digiscoping experiences, images and advice on this website, please contact me.

Hope this site is of some use, all the best, and happy digiscoping,
Rob Wilton

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