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  1. Forcreeks

    Digiscoping coffee table book; new release

    I want to let all my Birdforum friends know about a new "print-to-order" book of digiscoped photos I've produced from my work of 18-years digiscoping, titled Nature Closeup - A Digiscoping Journey in Photos. I decided to sell it with all profits going to our local watershed council, a U.S...
  2. Forcreeks

    Canon Powershot G9X - my super-battery pack

    All, I'm one of the old and old-fashioned compact camera digiscopers, still placed 4th in last year's Swarovski DOY contest in Portraits with Canon S-100, but am afraid it's dying. The choice seemed to be get a backup one cheap on eBay (could get a lemon), or try for upgrade to G9X with its 1"...
  3. Forcreeks

    Making a portable battery pack for Canon

    Having digiscoped since year 2000, I've made numerous adaptations, even produced a universal adapter for sale before scope makers offered them. Now having upgraded my Canon Powershot S-100 which has produced numerous award shots for me, and shot 10,000's of frames, I worried about it dying with...
  4. Forcreeks

    Don't melt your lens cover and camera!

    Ten years digiscoping and I had a new disaster! Last Tue. at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge while digiscoping a Peregrine Falcon and various Geese, I discovered one actually can destroy a camera by placing it at the small end of a scope pointed at the sun! The magnified rays of a level...
  5. Forcreeks

    Newest portable card backups

    Excuse me if this isn't desired here.. but having bought the Sony DSC-W200 and an expensive 2 GB Sandisk Extreme III fast/durable memory card for it, I didn't want to add another expensive card. So I searched the web for backup devices and found this I'd like to share with you: I just ordered...
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    Sony DSC-W200

    Yesterday I bought the Sony DSC-W200, succumbing to the allure of 12.1 MP, compared to the six MP of my Fuji F-30. The F-30 has many good qualities, which have been discussed and compared by Neil and others who use them. Of the few I didn't like, Neil highlights the big one: burst mode resets...
  7. Forcreeks

    Fuji F-30 any news?

    Has anyone even seen an actual technical review of an early release FinePix F-30?? I was hoping for the F30 for summer fieldtrip shooting. First it was supposed to be out in May, then June, and June's now half over. I've had several situations lately where a stop or two of faster low-grain...
  8. Forcreeks

    Fuji F10/F11 and F30??

    Hi, I wanted to start a new thread under the Fuji title, because the digiscoping prospects of these three models are so exciting. We've had a good initial discussion under a nearby thread, but I hope if you have a gallery or just some experience with the camera, and digiscope with the F10 in...
  9. Forcreeks

    Olympus SP-350

    If you have bought or tested this new Olympus 8 MP compact, I'd really appreciate your thoughts on it. I use the Oly C-60 Zoom with 6 MP and have been waiting for the comparable 8 MP to upgrade to. This one finally has lens barrel threads and manual focus, but I wish they wouldn't have used...
  10. Forcreeks

    Dragonly Common Names Update here

    First, wow, I've been out dragonflying and see a ton of new threads I must catch up on!! I have a three page letter of N. Amer. Common names changes, as a 188Kb .pdf file, issued by Dennis Paulson, Chair of the DSA Common Names Committee. The 18 sub- and species changes were decided upon at...
  11. Forcreeks

    Blue-eyed Darner has new name.

    The Blue-eyed Darner has been reclassified as to genus. I captured one of those infamous "immature" adults a few days ago in my yard, cooled him a few min. and took his picture. He was formerly Aeshna multicolor. Another N. American species, the California Darner has been placed in the...
  12. Forcreeks

    Olympus C-60 Zoom digiscoping

    Just thought I'd give a writeup on the fairly new Olympus C-60 Zoom for digiscoping. Since I was very happy with my year-old C-50 Zoom five Megapixel, I thought that the new 6.1 effective MP model with other updated features might be a nice upgrade. Indeed, I'm quite pleased with it's...
  13. Forcreeks

    Touch-up rubber armor???

    Has anyone painted on replacement rubber on their scope body? My Kowa has several spots worn completely off where my hand rests while focusing. I phoned the USA Kowa distributor, and Eagle Optics - my retailer, and neither knows of an appropriate product. Hardware stores have "Plasti-Dip" or...
  14. Forcreeks

    Good Dragonfly story!

    Here's my synopsis of a cool Ode story in the new "Argia" - Journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas: The group of three Odonate enthusiasts arrived to check out Odes at Triadelphia Reservoir in Maryland last summer, whereupon two young fishermen asked about their insect nets...
  15. Forcreeks

    DSA looking for YOUR tattoo

    Yes, the Dragonfly Society of the Americas quarterly "Argia" newsletter of Jan. 24, 2004 calls for email photos of your dragonfly tattoo for a future back cover. You can email a scan/photo to [email protected] Include species if you know it (or maybe "fantasy"), and what inspired you to...
  16. Forcreeks

    Year's Best theme??

    I was reviewing "My Favorites" tonight, and saw I have five absolutely stunning digiscoped shots in it (I need to look around and add some more, I'm sure). One Member accounted for three of them! It gave me the idea (you may have noticed that happens a lot), maybe we should have in Jan, or...
  17. Forcreeks

    New adapter hits the web

    Finally, the Universal (swing-away style) Adapter I co-developed with a Portland, OR company is up on the web at www.simplicitytool.com and I've posted photos of it, and a full description and review under our "digiscoping accessories" review thread. Just click on the thumbnail at the top of...
  18. Forcreeks

    Dragonfly macro photo site?

    Say, could someone help me to re-find the URL of a fabulous photo web site of dragonfly closeups? It was referred to in one of our discussion forums and I can't find it now. It was by an American professor who'd perfected his own methods of shooting closeups of dragonflies, and he tells in...
  19. Forcreeks

    Fly-fishing Bullfrog???

    :stuck: From my gallery shot today, this bullfrog (alien species here) looks very much to be using a naiad it could easily lick off it's nose to attract larger prey. I saw the damsel naiad place a leg on frog's eye and frog blinked, that's all! See the Tule bluet approach, blurred, from the left...
  20. Forcreeks

    Article- Arthropod/Insect/Dragonfly basics

    Dragonfly 101 - the basics By Birdforum member Steve Berliner Apparently, upon registering at Birdforum.net I was quickly recognized as one who bugs people, for I was invited to write about bugs for this new forum area. After several weeks of well thought delay, here it is: Pulitzer Prize...
  21. Forcreeks

    digital prints anyone!

    I'm not sure if this is the right place. I don't see discussion of places to print your pics, but I want to pass this along. I had been going to Kits Cameras for prints and prices were pretty good. They soon added print your own eqpt on the counter for 4x6 and 6x8 inch sizes. Then Costco got...
  22. Forcreeks

    LCD shade-magnifiers

    Having found Birdforum.net and learned much from others, I learned of EagleEye UK and of the Xtend-a Veiw LCD shade-magnifier. I purchased the mini (for my 1.5 inch LCD) and want to report this is the single biggest improver of my digiscoping since I began. I had come across the same idea, but...
  23. Forcreeks

    simple eyecup-bushing

    I handhold my unthreaded-lens cam to scope, and have been fairly happy for 2+ yrs of same. Had heard of putting some kind of bushing (like a small doughnut shape) into the rubber eyecup to center and hold the lens, but never got so ambitious as to try to make one - seemed too difficult. But last...
  24. Forcreeks

    Oly C-50 Zoom great

    The next paragraph begins my original post. This line is a later edit.. I want to say, tho I point it out below, I realize many of you are UK birders and may not have as many bright days to shoot as I do. Could be this is a big advantage of Nikon CP's, but I never used one. The Oly problem is...
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