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Chkm8

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I am currently using my 20x50 binoculars for bird watching and a canon 350D with a 70-300 APO for photography.
With the new arrival of hen harriers which bred this year and have stayed in the area I can't get close enough with either the camera or the binoculars. Generally 300-400yds away. Check the bird identify forum for idea of the poor quality images I am currently getting.
I need advice firstly on a scope with more reach than the binoculars at under £500 and I will then hopefully in the new use it with my DSLR for digiscoping or am not against buying a more suitable camer possibly the canon powershot range if I would get better results.
Any advice on scope to get me started would be great.

John.
 

postcardcv

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Do you alreay have a tripod, or do you need to get one within your budget? I think the Opticron ES80ED scope would be an excellent option, new it would be a bit above your budget, but you should be able to get a secondhand one with eyepeice for ~£400. It's a good quality scope, good light gathering and excellent for digiscoping.
 

Chkm8

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Have a tripod for the camera. Not sure if it would also fit a scope. If not then would need to include tripod in the price. I will have a look at the ES80ED

John
 

postcardcv

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Have a tripod for the camera. Not sure if it would also fit a scope. If not then would need to include tripod in the price. I will have a look at the ES80ED

John

Tripods are basically a standard fit so I'm sure you'll be fine with your existing one.
 
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