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Extreme Digiscoping

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Old Sunday 11th October 2015, 09:33   #151
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Last night.
Orion Nebula 1350 Light Years.

Sony RX 100II/ Swarovski ATX 95
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Old Sunday 11th October 2015, 19:34   #152
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Nice shot. And you certainly win the distance price ;-)

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Old Tuesday 13th October 2015, 14:31   #153
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Last night.
Orion Nebula 1350 Light Years.

Sony RX 100II/ Swarovski ATX 95
That will be hard to beat. Nicely done.
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Old Monday 2nd November 2015, 16:18   #154
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Sony RX 100II/ Swarovski ATX 95
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Old Wednesday 17th May 2017, 23:23   #155
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I use digiscoping mostly for ring reading. For almost 9 years I use a Canon A590 attached to Zeiss Diascope 85. For long distance shootings, what is very often the case, I apply the 60x magnification of the Zeiss eye-piece and both the full optical and digital zoom of the A590. Picture quality then is not outstanding, but with some patience (100-1000 shots) I could safely crack some ring codes which without digiscoping would have been left unrevealed.

To improve image quality I'm looking for a better digicam, meaning a bigger sensor, equivalent focal length of ca. 140mm and a faster lens, some little vignetting doesn't matter.

I hesitate to go for the Canon S120 due to its maximum aperture of 5.7 at 120mm. Concerning the Canon G16 comes in play the often discussed problem of the retracting lens when zooming. Someone here has an idea how severe vignetting with the G16 (or G15 or G12) really is when using the 5x optical zoom on the Zeiss 85 (20-60x) ? Is there a better choice for long disctance digiscoping ?

Thank you for any advice.
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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 06:51   #156
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I think the Sony RX100 mentionned above is a good option, with it's 1" sensor. It has a excellent reputation as digiscoping camera.

Both your Canon options have smaller sensors.

Another even bigger sensor option would be a m4/3 camera with a pancake lens, e.g. Panasonic.

As for the aperture, I believe it is rather the scope that is limiting here, not the camera. But wait for some experts to confirm this...

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Old Sunday 17th September 2017, 21:39   #157
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I had an afternoon of thunderstorms on Friday but there were breaks out on the mudflats to record all the action that was going on.
These spoonbills were about 500 meters out from the hide and I had the STX 95 eyepiece at 40x using the Nikon P330.
If those spoonbill were 500m away I'd say the results you have achieved here are astounding! I've spent a small fortune on Nikon gear over the years including all of their longest(most expensive) prime lenses, I have never managed to get images anywhere near as good as this at the extreme distance you are managing.
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