|15th of January 2005 (Sat)||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2003
S7 and Digiscope
I have a leica Televid 77 spotting scope
I have a Canon Powershot S70
Guess what my next set of questions are going to be about?
I have the 20-60 magnification eye piece on the scope.
I just bought the S70.
I used to be a Sniper Instructor in the British Army.
Over many years of practice, I am able to line up the centre of my eye with the centre of the scope to ensure that I have a clear, crisp picture that is free of any paralax. Trying to hand-hold the camera in the right place is not that trivial.
I want to be able to do the following:
a) Line up the scope
b) Focus the scope
c) Attach the camera
d) Take a photo.
The difficult bit seems to be part(c)
Any ideas, hints, suggestions would be welcome.
I plan to follow up this post with further posts to let you all know how I get on.
I assume that one of the first parts is the adapter thingy that fits on the camera and allows you to attach the telephoto lens. Needless to say I plan to attach a much bigget tele (The Leica 77 Spotting scope)
Here is looking forward to a long and interesting collection of posts relating to this subject.
|6th of February 2005 (Sun)||#2|
Join Date: Jun 2003
Re: S7 and Digiscope
OK so there is some progress to report.
I found a really helpful online shop who do telescopes and accessories and they suggested that I get the "Microstage" clamp that fits on the back of the spotting scope.
This nearly works.
The Microstage is a cute little clamp that has a big 2" jaw that screws down onto the back of the eyepiece like a bench vice. The remainder of the clamp is a stage that allows you to clamp the camera via the tripod socket and then move the whole stage up-down/left-right/in-out until you have everything in the right place.
The probelm is that the S70 has a tiny distance from the lens to the bottom of the camera, so even when the stage is at the top, the lens is still too low to the eyepiece.
This is solved by using the smallest Novoflex ball and socket head to raise the S70.
Problem solved. I can now take photos with the Leica 77 and the Powershot S70
I dont know what the focal lengths are. I have the 20x60 zoom eyepiece on the spotting scope, and set the S70 to 100mm. I then point the scope at a number plate on a car and at 120m I am able to see just one letter of the registration number when zoomed out on the scope at "only" 20x.
It works for me.
Now I need to wait until the weather improves so that I can test thsi on some birds....
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