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Digiscoping under Cloudy Skies

Posted Monday 31st October 2011 at 03:22 by lmans66
I am back from the coast....cloudy days. But I want to try some digiscoping techniques.

First....I want to compare by SX20 Canon Super Zoom with my Swaro... easy since there are plenty of house sparrows in my yard.

Took shots using the Sx20 at full zoom which is 20 power I believe. Tooks shots with the Swaro at 20 power but with my Canon S90 on 3-4 optical zoom.

The results were easily for the spotting scope. One issue with the camera is that no matter...
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Digiscoping in current

Posted Tuesday 25th October 2011 at 04:03 by lmans66
I spent the early portion of today in Newport Oregon, digiscoping harbor birds.....A few common loons, scoters etc..

Sunny day....I had my settings at 80 ISO and my exposure -1 .... The one image that came out perfect was of a pelagic cormorant sitting on the bridge. Nice shot..

Now....the other shots were poor and here is the reason why. One word..."current'.... I would focus the scope on the bird, swing my DCB down with the camera attached....with a one second...
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Oregon Coast Digiscoping

Posted Monday 24th October 2011 at 03:27 by lmans66
Digiscoping with my Swaro on the Oregon Coast in October...lots of sea birds obviously.

Anything far away...well...no use digiscoping but I managed to do some excellent digiscoping of Harlequin Ducks in Newport Harbor as well as of gulls chomping on star fishes. Both of those were hampered a bit by the constant rain.

I had to cover the scope with a waterproof jacket, not so much for the scope but for the camera as well as the eyepiece....I felt like one of those old...
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Swaro

Posted Thursday 13th October 2011 at 23:16 by lmans66
Well...I know I said in my last posting that my repurchase of a scope was coming down to the Vortex Razor....and I believe that to be an excellent scope after looking at the 09 reviews of higher end scopes. That clearly shows it is.

But, I had a call from a store in Montana that had a demo Swaro 80 HS ATM plus a eyepiece for a real good price and couldn't pass it up. ... I like the Swaro Helical focus wheel...jto me that helps as I have a little bit of arthritis in my right thumb...
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Been awhile and lots has changed

Posted Wednesday 12th October 2011 at 19:32 by lmans66
I think my last blog on this issue was a year and half ago...wow, time flies. Since that time I have experimented with digiscoping and learned how to take fairly good images using a scope plus camera.

My Zenfolio page has a link dedicated to Digiscoping only.

Sadly...in this past year I sold my Swaro 80HD....I wanted and needed to finance some other aspects of my overall birding.... and it was a sound investment.

Now...I am back to getting into digiscoping...
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