Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Potential of Digiscoping

The method of digiscoping (taking photos through a spotting scope with a digital camera) is something that has recently been extremely interesting for me.

I often carry my scope around when birding and attempt to use it to capture outdoor shots with the one camera that I usually have with me, my cell phone camera.  I really enjoy this method of photography mostly because I don't have to carry a lot of extra equipment around to take photos.

It is definitely a learning process for me taking photos this way.  I need to hope that my target stays still long enough to line up the scope and then hold the camera steady enough to take a picture.  I am seriously considering purchasing an adaptor that would allow for steadier shots.  There have been several excellent blog posts by Prairie Birder reviewing a couple different companies that manufacture such adaptors.

Here are the results of some of my latest attempts of photography though my scope. 

This ruddy duck stopped by one of our ponds last week.

And some pictures from the feeders.

Hairy Woodpecker

House Finch
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Red Breasted Nuthatch


  1. I have not had much luck with digiscoping. Those adapters are well-worth it from what I see.

    1. Thanks for commenting Blake. They sounded interesting to me too. I think it would help me hold the camera steady. It's hard to try and hold it still.

  2. Nice shots. Hand-holding your phone definitely takes a lot of practice -- mine sure aren't perfect. I'll let you in on a secret, I'm going to be giving an adapter away on my blog soon.