In search of longer reach

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foresaa
foresaa Senior Member • Posts: 1,798
In search of longer reach

In the UK you can pay £7000 for a Nikon 600 F4

I can't justify that as a non-professional and I only need this focal length for bird watching photography

However I have treated myself, for general bird watching, to the Swarovski

Spotting Scope ATX-95

I've now bought the Camera Adapter DCB II Camera base

Rather than use a 'point and shoot' camera, I have configured it with the

Sony -QX100

f1.8 20 Mpixel 18-100 Carl Zeiss lens

The software allows you to manage the QX100 from your iPhone OR from your iPad

Early experiments are encouraging and I'll post again once I've interesting images to share

Sony QX100 mounted on my scope

Andy
Grey haired & Scottish
..and proud of both!
http://andelimages.com

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dock
dock Veteran Member • Posts: 5,090
Re: In search of longer reach
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That system should work well with you. I used to have my Pentax attached to a Bushnell scope. Yours is a better quality scope. I could take pictures from 750 mm to 7000 mm but color changed after 3000 mm. Using a bolex 16mm movie camera. My dad and I made a movie of a writing spider capturing a grasshopper and tying it up to eat later. The spider occupied most of the screen we had purchased diopter lens so we could move in close.

NancyP Veteran Member • Posts: 5,783
Re: In search of longer reach

Swarowski - quite a nice scope! There are lots of digiscopers out there. Please post some examples, I would love to see some images from a really good digiscope setup.

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sb123 Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
Re: In search of longer reach

To see what the Swarovski scope can do, look at the work of Tara Tanaka.

Brandon birder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,136
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Nice idea and great for reach. Looking forward to your images.

The problem is that it needs heavy rock solid support and iron discipline to get good images. A Nikon D810 (or cheaper 2nd hand D800) and a Tamron 200-600VC would in terms of keeper rate be better I think.

foresaa
OP foresaa Senior Member • Posts: 1,798
Re: In search of longer reach

Brandon birder,

You might not have seen clearly on the image in the OP, but the scope is mounted on

Benko Carbon Fibre Tripod Tripod

With GH2 Gimball Head Gimball Head

So I think I have the heavy rock solid support - iron discipline I'm not sure of yet

Brandon birder wrote:

Nice idea and great for reach. Looking forward to your images.

The problem is that it needs heavy rock solid support and iron discipline to get good images. A Nikon D810 (or cheaper 2nd hand D800) and a Tamron 200-600VC would in terms of keeper rate be better I think.

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Andy
Grey haired & Scottish
..and proud of both!
http://andelimages.com

foresaa
OP foresaa Senior Member • Posts: 1,798
Re: In search of longer reach

Well, I am finding some challenges....I'll detail in my next post, however..

Is this good enough?

Shot from 150 yards (at least) with minor PP in PS

Comments most welcome

NancyP wrote:

Swarowski - quite a nice scope! There are lots of digiscopers out there. Please post some examples, I would love to see some images from a really good digiscope setup.

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Andy
Grey haired & Scottish
..and proud of both!
http://andelimages.com

Sonyshine
Sonyshine Veteran Member • Posts: 8,892
Re: In search of longer reach

Interesting! I might try my QX on my Sky Watcher telescope!

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foresaa
OP foresaa Senior Member • Posts: 1,798
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Now that is really long reach !!

What I found useful was using the iPad in 'sort of' Live View as I adjusted the Spotting scope

Weird at first, then it became quite natural

Good Luck btw

Sonyshine wrote:

Interesting! I might try my QX on my Sky Watcher telescope!

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Andy
Grey haired & Scottish
..and proud of both!
http://andelimages.com

foresaa
OP foresaa Senior Member • Posts: 1,798
Re: In search of longer reach

Thanks for this, I had a look

Excellent work!!

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Andy
Grey haired & Scottish
..and proud of both!
http://andelimages.com

foresaa
OP foresaa Senior Member • Posts: 1,798
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Gradually getting better

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