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Old Saturday 28th May 2005, 23:17   #1
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Bino-scoping

Yo all, just spent 2 weeks birding in NE Bulgaria (will try and post report next week) and a wonderful holiday it was, lots of good birds. One afternoon whilst slowly driving down very minor road near Cape Kaliakra came across a Roller perched on fence post. Took no notice when we stopped car (and engine) to watch him. Wifey suggested I try to get a photo, only have a 5mp Olympus digi with a 3 x zoom so image was miniscule.

Thought I'd try to improve things by photographing thro my bino's, they are Nikon 8 x 42 HGls and the soft rubber eye cups pull well out and much to my suprise fitted snugly around the camera lense barrel and allowed sufficient room to zoom the lense out to cut out vignetting. Chuffed with results, not brill I know but makes a nice desktop.

Anyone else had acceptable results using this or similar methods?

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Old Saturday 28th May 2005, 23:29   #2
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I would be well pleased with those photos in fact they have inspired me to have a go at that method.

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Old Sunday 29th May 2005, 07:26   #3
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Very good indeed. I'd be very happy with them as well.
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Hi Stewart,

I'd be chuffed to get as good a photo of this cracking bird.
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Old Sunday 29th May 2005, 07:54   #5
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Hi Stewart,I am another who would be very happy with these results. Well done. John.
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what an exellent photo what camera was it?
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Thanks for all the kind comments guys, Tim camera used is a Olympus Camedia C-5000.

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Hello Stewart
Fabulous photos! I've had a go at doing this from home, but find that the digital camera keeps switching off, just when a bird arrives! Haven't had much luck so far, but will keep trying, having seen yours!
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Old Sunday 29th May 2005, 16:18   #9
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Yo all, just spent 2 weeks birding in NE Bulgaria (will try and post report next week) and a wonderful holiday it was, lots of good birds. One afternoon whilst slowly driving down very minor road near Cape Kaliakra came across a Roller perched on fence post. Took no notice when we stopped car (and engine) to watch him. Wifey suggested I try to get a photo, only have a 5mp Olympus digi with a 3 x zoom so image was miniscule.

Thought I'd try to improve things by photographing thro my bino's, they are Nikon 8 x 42 HGls and the soft rubber eye cups pull well out and much to my suprise fitted snugly around the camera lense barrel and allowed sufficient room to zoom the lense out to cut out vignetting. Chuffed with results, not brill I know but makes a nice desktop.

Anyone else had acceptable results using this or similar methods?

Stewart

Nice photos.

It depends what you call acceptable. These:

http://philip.fotoblog.me.uk/c334391.html

are some snaps I've taken by holding an Olympus C120 (2 mp) up to the telescope eyepiece. If there's any kind of movement quality deteriorates instantly, but some are passable for my purposes (record only).
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What a great idea! I would love to have a quality binocular/digital camera, but even if I had the money, I wouldn't know what brand to decide on.
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Fabulous photos! I've had a go at doing this from home, but find that the digital camera keeps switching off, just when a bird arrives! Haven't had much luck so far, but will keep trying, having seen yours!
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Hi Mary, on my camera if you press the button in half way it 'reactivates' it so you can keep the camera from turning off

Yes Stewart i've done this at times as well though i wouldn't make any claims as to the standard of my pictures (!) ...seems to me much easier than trying to do it through a scope. Good photo
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Not bad for you Stew'
Looking forward to reading the trip report.
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Looking forward to reading the trip report.
Praise indeed, when you off mate?

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PS Had 160+ species (no checklist with us so had to keep a roliing count)

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fantastic effort stewart, not bad at all.

been doing abit of bino-scoping myself now and again, sometimes i just cant get the focus right, but you can still get a half decent image.

i use a samsung mobile with 1m pixel camera, held to my leica ultravids.
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Praise indeed, when you off mate?

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PS Had 160+ species (no checklist with us so had to keep a roliing count)

We're not going back to Bulgaria this year, but are doing South Africa in November. Seems like forever away!
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If taking pictures with a digital camera through a telescope is called digiscoping, then this technique must be called digibinning but not to be confused with the act of throwing your binnies into the bin when you have failed to see something!!!!
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LOL I've been tempted many times in the past Colin And take up knitting or embroidery or some other suitably 'girlie' hobby

Great pic of a stunning bird......I NEED to see one of those!!! WOW!!!!!!

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