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Old Wednesday 9th March 2016, 09:22   #26
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Those results with such "small" and light weight setup are really , really interesting to my eyes.

Thanks for the pics and info!
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Old Wednesday 9th March 2016, 13:05   #27
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Julian,

Thank you for the comments. I would agree. The amazing part about the MM3 scope lineup is the excellent image quality they produce in such a small, lightweight package. In the US the prices are certainly affordable for this level of image quality (under $700 for the 50 mm and under $850 for the 60 mm with standard HDF zoom eyepiece).
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Old Tuesday 15th March 2016, 16:56   #28
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Here is a Bald Eagle picture that I took this past weekend. The bird was about 90 yards away so on top of the regular magnification of the scope (fixed magnification eyepiece) I had to use a bit of the phone's digital zoom to get the bird to fill more of the frame. Despite that I think it still turned out better than expected.

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Old Thursday 17th March 2016, 12:45   #29
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Tim at Thermal Birding gets some pretty good results with the MM3 too Frank:

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Old Thursday 17th March 2016, 12:57   #30
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Tim at Thermal Birding gets some pretty good results with the MM3 too Frank:

https://twitter.com/ThermalBirding/s...23184009461760

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Yes, he does.

Don't know if you got wind of it yet but Tim and I are doing a phonescoping workshop at the local Wild Birds store next month. I have been kicking the idea around for about a year now but after seeing some of the gentlemen from Zeiss doing one at Hawk Mountain soon I thought it was finally time to put a presentation together.

So easy and so much fun.
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Old Friday 22nd April 2016, 15:41   #31
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Pic update. American Oystercatchers taken last weekend in Cape May, NJ during their annual Optics Sale. Opticron MM3 60 mm, Iphone 6S, Phoneskope Universal adapter with Bluetooth shutter release.
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Just a couple more pics taken with the MM3 60 mm and IPhone 6S. This time with the HDF zoom set at 45x. Backyard birds while I was grilling dinner.
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 14:23   #33
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Weekly pic update....

American Bittern...found a dozen feet off of a major roadway in my area. A rare spring visitor. Only one or two are reported each spring in the Lehigh Valley area. This one was located next to a roadside flower stand in a small pond.

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Old Monday 9th May 2016, 10:44   #34
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Those are some stunning pics, Frank, keep the pics coming, please! Pretty much surprised with the x45 pics, did they need a lot of croping/postprocessing? They look fantastic taking in to consideration the size of the scope and the deep zooming.

I've just ordered an MM3 60 and was curious about your experience with different eyepieces. I think I've read you somewhere in the forum that you prefer the HDF over the SDL, I wonder if that is related to the digiscoping capacities of each particular eyepiece or another different matter. Any insight appreciated :)
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Old Wednesday 11th May 2016, 15:13   #35
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yarrellii,

Thank you. I will accommodate your request at the bottom of this post. Pics were taken at the Biggest Week in American Birding festival this past weekend. Because of the tight quarters I chose the MM3 50 mm with the HDF 18x fixed mag/wide angle eyepiece, Iphone 6S and new Phoneskope Universal adapter.

I was a bit surprised with the 45x pics too. They turned out much better than I expected. Speaks to the quality of the scope/eyepiece I guess. Slight crop because the apparent field of view is fairly large at 45x. Only a little post-processing.

I do prefer the HDF to the SDL V2 for a couple of reasons. Physically it "fits" the scope better in the sense of size and weight. Optically I can't see much difference between the two eyepieces and I lose view of the fieldstop in the middle of the zoom range with the SDL V2. I prefer the fixed mag/wide angle eyepieces for phonescoping. The 809 is my current favorite.
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Old Wednesday 11th May 2016, 16:04   #36
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Thanks ever so much for your reply :) I've tried the MM3 with HDF and was happy and was advised that SDL was a little better in terms of performance plus (a big plus for me) it is waterproof and then there's the parfocal bit (I'm not 100 % sure that there will be no need for refocusing after zooming, but the lesser, the better). I'll share my views as soon as I get it. Thanks again and great pictures as always.
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Old Tuesday 17th May 2016, 09:44   #37
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Firsts pics and impressions coming.
The nest of a blackbird hidden among the branches of a mastic tree in Ibiza. Shot from around 10-15 m. (600 x 600 px)

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MM3 60 ED, SDL eyepiece around x37-40, handheld smartphone (Nexus 5). Handheld phonescoping is really challenging
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Nicely done Yarrellii!

You are certainly correct. Handholding a phone to the eyepiece of a scope and still expecting high detail can be a frustrating/challenging experience. So, next on your purchase list is a phonescoping adapter. I don't believe Opticron makes one for the Nexus 5 so you are going to have to go the 3rd party route..... Novagrade or Phoneskope most likely.
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Common Grackle phonescoped with the Opticron MM3 60 mm, Iphone 6S and Phoneskope Universal adapter (plus Bluetooth shutter release).... a couple of days ago here in Eastern PA.
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Thanks. Yes I've been checking both Phoneskope and Novagrade, I like the simple lines (and less bulk) of the Opticron adaptors (unfortunately only for iPhone and Samsung) and Phoneskope. I'm thinking about a homemade solution to mimmic what these two do :)
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Little egret. Still holding the phone by hand. Plenty of sun in Barcelona, as you can see MM3 60 (I'd say around x35) + Nexus 5.

And I got the chance to watch a couple of Little ringed plovers mating!... I got so excited that I forgot to zoom in , so I guess that one is unfortunately only x15 (so I lost a lot of definition while cropping).
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What tripod works best for you with the MM3 60 for digiscoping in consideration of weight vs stability?
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Old Thursday 26th May 2016, 21:09   #43
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I use a Vanguard VEO 235AP (1,5 kg) and think is more than enough for the scope. The tripod packs down to a relatively small size (folding central column).

Some days ago, the forum member mathare mentioned he has an Opticron 60 mm scope (not the MM3, but the bigger one) and is happy with the Sirui T-005X (1 kg and only 30 cm when folded) in terms os stability, which sounds really interesting.
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Old Monday 6th June 2016, 09:47   #44
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Two juveniles of the Eurasian Eagle Owl.
Opticron MM3 60 (at x45) and Nexus 5 (hand holding the smartphone against the eyepiece).
I was hesitating whether to get the MM3 50 or 60, but I think I'm glad I got the 60, since I find myself using it in the x40-x45 range very often, while the MM3 50 only provided x36.
I think the image quality holds pretty well from x15 to x40 or so, and only in the last bit the quality drops more noticeably. I wouldn't say it gets darker, but you do get some sort of "veil" (for lack of a better term), like if someone put a nylon mesh (like a stocking) on the objective lens.
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Happier and happier with the scope. It might sound daft, but I've discovered that at lower magnification I get better results (after all, there's always the cropping bit, so you do lose some of the magnification, so to speak).
A Eurasian spoonbill and a Glossy Ibis from a visit to Doñana National Park (one of Spain's most important nature reserves). I guess I'm getting the point of a fixed eyepiece at lower magnification (however, I think I do stick to the x30s most of the times I use the scope, so the fixed EPs Opticron provides for the MM3 could be a tad too short).
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Sorry I haven't been on this thread in awhile.

Yarrellii,


Those are some impressive pics especially considering that you were handholding the phone.

To answer your question from above, I used a variety of different tripods with the MM3 scopes. My most commonly used one is a Brunton Carbon Fiber model that I got on sale last year for a scary good price. It is a bit of an overkill for even the 60 mm model but it is lightweight and I am happy with it.

Having said that you would be hard pressed to find a better option than the carbon fiber model that Opticron sells with the Manfrotto 700 RC2 head. The typical street price is right at $300 for the combo.

http://www.opticronusa.com/Pages/xfs_tripods.html

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I haven't posted pictures in a few months but I continue to take them regularly. Here is one of a Song Sparrow phonescoped at the American Birding Expo a couple of weeks ago with the MM3 60 mm.
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...and a closeup of a cooperative Great Egret...same MM3 60/Iphone 6S combo
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Black-bellied Whistling Duck phonescoped with IPhone 6S, Opticron MM3 60 mm and Phoneskope adapter yesterday afternoon.
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Great pictures Frank, I esp. like the Eagle pictures!
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Thank you Steve. I have tons of fun taking them. It adds an entirely different level to my optics/birding experience.
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