31.03.07 | Weekend spent in Snowdonia

Spent the weekend in Betws-y-coed, Snowdonia, North Wales

Michaela and I made the most of the good weather and spent the weekend in the village of Betws-y-coed, North Wales.

On Saturday, we walked through the woods, up the river towards Swallow falls, approx 6 miles.

Then on Sunday decided to spend some time on Anglesey. We visited Cemlyn Bay where I took a few shots of Redshank and Oystercatcher. Cemlyn has a large in-land freshwater lake on the edge of the beach and in May / June is home to a large number of nesting Terns, definitely worth a visit with the scope.


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The Snowdon Range


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Shafts of light over
Llyn Gwynant


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Cemlyn Bay


18.03.07 | windswept walk through Hanchurch

Michaela and I endured strong winds, rain and hail on Sunday morning at Hanchurch Woods.

In an attempt to test my new Canon Eos 400D attached to my Olivon T90ED scope, Michaela and I set out for a walk through Hanchurch Woods, Staffordshire. The strong winds made the Fir trees sway back and forth.

Within minutes we were bombarded by a hale storm! Luckily the showers were brief, but the conditions were just to breezy to test my new digiscope set-up fairly.

Hopefully next weekend will bring calmer conditions, allowing me to put the DSLR and scope through their paces, check back soon for the full DLSR digiscoping tests.

Blustery conditions at Hanchurch Woods, Staffordshire


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The sun shines briefly


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Michaela at Hanchurch



11.03.07 | Bright Morning at Doxey Marshes

Sunday morning brought bright skies over Staffordshire.

Michaela and I set off for Doxey Marshes, Staffordshire, for an early morning stroll and a spot of digiscoping. I took out my new Canon EOS 400D SLR, not to digiscope, just to practice taking a few landscape shots.

Michaela got some good pictures of Great Crested Grebe and a Coot pottering around on the marshland using the Contax SL300T* and the T90ED scope.

Going to do some digiscope tests using the DSLR rigged up to the Olivon T90 next week, so check back for the full report.


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Michaela Digiscoping


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Doxey Marshes



03.03.07 | Change of digiscoping subject matter

Made the most of the clear Saturday night and captured the Lunar Eclipse.

The cold spell brought clear skies to view the Lunar Eclipse. I wasn't sure what kind of results to expect from a spotting scope and compact digital camera.

At first, before the earths shadow had taken its hold, the moon was very bright to view by eye, but the camera seemed to manage OK. All I did was to set the camera to f2.8, focus the scope and fired the shutter. I had to make sure the camera took it's light metering from the centre of the light source, too much in the shadow and it over exposed, blowing out any detail to pure white.

I was really pleased with the results, especially as the earths shadow began to turn the light shinning on the moon to a reddish hue. As the time past the moon began to look more and more like a distant alien planet.

I was really pleased how the Olivon T90 managed to capture detail, on the moon's surface even when the light from the sun was very weak.



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Lunar Eclipse



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