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CalvinFold's Digiscoping Setup (141110)

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Registered: June 2013
Location: San Leandro, CA, USA
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--Nikon Coolpix 4500 camera

--Nikon MC-EU1 Remote Release Cord
--magnified, collapsable monitor hood
--EagleEye OpticZooms DigiMount Adapter (camera-to-scope interface)

--Celestron C90 MAK Spotting Scope (#52268)
--8x21 erect image finderscope (standard with scope)

--TeleVue 32mm Plössl (replaces stock Celestron)
--TeleVue 45° Erecting Prism (replaces stock Celestron)

--Astrozap Dew Shield (serves as lens hood)

--Neewer Monocular Scope Adjustable Tripod Mount Bracket for Digital Compact Camera
--Ravelli AVTP tripod (with fluid drag head)

My girlfriend snapped this at close range with a camera she often borrows from a friend. I envy the clarity of her photos over mine, but can't top the reach of mine. Wonderful that she enjoys going out on my digiscoping adventures.

I recently added the Neewer bracket and while it adds some time and bulk to the setup, the balance makes it such a joy now to swing the assembly around and even try to track moving birds. It also makes the whole scope + camera assembly more rigid and easier to keep the camera and scope aligned properly.

The TeleVue erecting prism and plössl were worth the money--the slight increase in depth-of-field makes long-range shots easier to get in decent focus. The color is also better.

I've recently started using the Astrozap dew shield all the time. I was using it only in especially bad sundown/sunup glare, but after reading some articles on using lens hoods on standard cameras and a couple of trials, the dew shield used as a lens hood seems to have improved my photos (or maybe more precise, my camera's ability to properly meter).
· Date: Fri November 14, 2014 · Views: 533 · Filesize: 149.1kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 682 ·
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Keywords: celestron, c90, nikon, coolpix, 4500, eagleeye, digimount, ravelli, avtp, plossl, telescope, spotting, scope, finderscope, Maksutov, Cassegrains, astr
Equipment: Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Date Taken: 11/10/2014
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ammadoux

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Fri November 14, 2014 6:35am

lovely setup for the scope, hope you enjoy it.

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CalvinFold

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Registered: June 2013
Location: San Leandro, CA, USA
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Fri November 14, 2014 6:31pm

Thank you!

I plan to by a Canon SX60, which will replace all this complexity. An SX60 and either a monopod or a lighter weight tripod (I already have a Velbon S-6000) will make me far more mobile. This current setup is "pick a spot for a few hours and set-up and stay put."

The scope itself is technically a telescope, so been doing some astronomy lately (during the last lunar eclipse, for example). So my investments in it are still valid, just need a 90° adapter (45° is incredibly awkward viewing straight-up) and at least a Powermate/Barlow for more magnification.

Am also experimenting with astrophotography, and the old Nikon still has some life left it in for that purpose. I got some good shots of the eclipse and recently learned that astrophographers commonly "stack" to get those super shots.

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