Are you thinking about experiencing the fascinating world of digiscoping?  Do you spend a lot of time behind your spotting scope each year looking at birds and animals and wish you could take pictures or video of them?  If you want to start digiscoping through a spotting scope at long distances to get some quality video and still pictures, then you need to pick up a Tines Up Scope Cam Adapter.

Digiscoping with a Scope Cam Adapter

How it Works

To digiscope, you attach the ring to your point and shoot camera, then the adapter screws into the threaded ring, and finally you just push it on the eyepiece of your spotting scope.  The adapter can be left on the camera and can actually be a lens hood when not attached to your spotter.  Leaving the adapter on at all times is very effective for when you encounter one of those quick opportunities.  The adapter attaches to your spotters eyepiece by just pushing it on with friction.  If the scope cam adapter is requiring more friction to hold your camera properly then take a small piece of electrical tape and place it on the inside of the adapter wall to make for more friction and a more snug fit.

Spotting Scope Models

Currently not all spotting scope models are used in digiscoping with the spotting scope adapter, but here is the current list:  Leica Televid 82, Leica Televid 77, Leica Televid 65, Leica Televid 62; Swarovski ATM STM 80; Swarovski ATM STM 65, Vortex Razor HD; Vortex Skyline 80; Vortex Nomad; Zeiss Deascope 85; and Zeiss Deascope 65.

Digiscoping with a Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope

Taking Still Pictures

First, place the scope cam adapter on your spotting scope.  Turn on your camera and adjust the zoom to about the 4x optical zoom mark.  Digiscoping still pictures works best with a camera that has about a 4x optical zoom.  The best way to take a still picture with the spotting scope adapter is to use the timer feature on your digital camera.  This allows the spotting scope to set completely still when the picture is taken.  You can adjust the spotting scope magnification, but the best setting for the clearest pictures is normally at the lowest setting of 20x.

Digiscoping Still Pictures

Capturing Video

The benefit of using a point and shoot camera when digiscoping is that it allows you to take both still pictures and good quality HD video.  Simply turn the dial on your digital camera to the video mode and begin videoing.  To get the best quality video try to stage the scene so you don’t have to move your spotting scope.