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The most important piece of equipment for digiscoping is the attachment that goes between the camera and telescope, the ADAPTER. The choice is large; the following is a selection of the popular methods of attachment.
NIKON UNIVERSAL BRACKET UBK
This bracket enables you to connect a Nikon Fieldscope/Spotting Scope to a 35mm-format camera, digital camera or video camera.
Shown in use with a video camera
BAADER UNIVERSAL BRACKET
The camera support arm moves to the side (with clickstop action) for visual aiming. Camera remains completely adjusted and ready for shooting the image when the support arm is 'clicked' back into place.
- Rigid, all metal construction
- Holds and centres all digital cameras with standard lens
- Folding design, requires almost no storage space in your accessory case.
- Lightweight but extremely strong (290g)
- Holds cameras up to 1kg in weight
- Fits all eyepieces from 29mm to 63mm in diameter
A single adapter for digital SLR cameras and digital compact cameras.
Gives an extremely secure,steady connection to the telescope.
Lightweight at only 350g
MEOPTA 30x DIGISCOPING EYEPIECE
Designed and engineered in the Meopta laboratory this is the worlds first Dual use 30x eyepiece, with cutting edge optical engineering.Together with the SI/SI APO telescope a magnification range of 48x-96x can be achieved, depending on the optical zoom of your compact digital camera.
Meopta DPI 30X
High quality digiscoping has never been as easy as it is with the new Meopta DPI 30x eyepiece. The Meopta DPI 30x eyepiece enables you to capture an image while still observing the image through the eyepiece. You do not have to interrupt your observation to take a picture, nor do you need to invest in an expensive device that merges those two functionalities. All you need is your favourite digital camera, fitted to the Meopta DPI 30x eyepiece by means of the cameras tripod thread. Then, simply observe and capture images as you desire.
Meopta DPI 30x eyepiece fits most compact digital cameras with an optical zoom span of up tp 6x. The Meopta DPI 30x does not work with SLR and DSLR cameras.
In many instances, pictures will be bordered by a black frame with rounded corners. This is normal, but can be edited using any photo editing software, if so desired.
For best results, it is important to minimize vibrations in your digiscoping set-up. A solid tripod is a must, while a remote shutter release offers a significant advantage.
AT PRESENT ONLY FOR MEOPTA TELESCOPES
MINOX DIGITAL CAMERA MODULE 5
A brilliant world first from the renown optical specialist MINOX provides all birders, wild animal and nature observers with a completely new and very affordable digiscoping or viewing experience! With the new MINOX Digital Camera Module (DCM) fitted to a quality telescope a fast and easy-fitting solution has been provided for taking digital pictures through a spotting scope. Simply fitted to the eyepiece bayonet of a ‘scope this highly innovative product is an exciting combination of digital camera with normal camera functions, 2.0“ TFT monitor and eyepiece all in one. What is even more exciting is that nature lovers need no additional equipment – such as brackets and special adapters - to get into practical digiscoping. The engineers at MINOX can now boast that they have been successful in bringing fast and convenient digiscoping to the general market through their overall knowledge and experience that has now enabled them to bridge the separate worlds of high-performance optics and digital camera technology into a compact, lightweight and economic package.
The very compact size of around 68 x 56 x 71 mm and weighing in at 220 grams the MINOX Digital Camera Module is so convenient to carry and travel with that it looks to be the perfect accessory for every quality spotting scope. The screen allows more than one person to not only view the subject at the same time but also see the pictures or videoclips taken or being taken. Its just like using a powerful telephoto lens with an terrific 40x magnification. Due to its compact size and lightweight the DCM 5 megapixel ‘camera’ is very nice to hold while at the same time being multi compatible. Initially it will be made with different bayonet fittings for high quality ‘scopes from Zeiss, Leica, Swarovski and Kowa as well as the MINOX MD 62 range. Being watertight and shock-proof the Digital Camera Module can comfortably be used in adverse weather conditions, although bright light is preferable for good result with digiscoping. It is also built to stand up to rough outdoor use in extreme cases if necessary
Shown at Birdfair the ultimate digiscoping outfit
ZEISS QUICK CAMERA ADAPTER
Heavy duty bracket will take DSLR and Video cameras.The LCE plate shown will allow fitting of most combinations of camera and telescope
ZEISS QUICK CAMERA ADAPTER
Link a digital or video camera to a spotting scope to produce impressive photographs or video. Swivel mechanism allows for rapid changing between observation and photography mode.
UNIVERSAL 1.25" & 2" DIGISCOPING ADAPTORS
These ingeniously designed digital camera adaptors allow photography directly through the eyepiece of Astronomical Telescopes, Spotting Scopes and Microscopes. Accepts most Compact Digital Cameras with tripod bush. Micro-adjustable for perfect centering of camera lens. Two models available to fit different diameter eyepieces.
NIKON CAMERA BRACKET
Ideal for heavier DSLR or Video cameras,easy to set up with micrometer adjustment for easy alignment to the telescope eyepiece
UCDA UNIVERSAL DIGITAL CAMERA ADAPTER
The Universal Digital Camera Adapter is designed to allow you take high magnification photographs using Opticron telescopes and eyepieces in conjunction with most digital compact cameras and some digital camcorders using eyepiece projection.
Many digital compact cameras do not have screw threads on the lens assemblies to allow for direct coupling, so the UDCA is designed as a three-way adjustable balance plate that fixes directly to the telescope eyepiece.
The camera is fixed onto the UDCA and can be adjusted in three planes to enable correct positioning with respect to the eyepiece.
The vertical position of the balance plate can be fixed in order to swing the camera + balance plate in and out of position. This feature allows you to alternate between taking pictures and viewing through the eyepiece in the normal way.
Mounting the UDCA requires an eyepiece dia. less than or equal to 56mm and fixed (non rotating) eyepiece tube length of 15mm.
SWAROVSKI DIGITAL CAMERA BASE
Switch from observation to photography easily . With one simple up and down pivoting movement, the SWAROVSKI OPTIK DCB digital camera base makes it possible to switch between observation mode and photography
For compact cameras