Digiscoping

Capture the Moment

Equipment

We all want to be able to share what we see with friends and family. Digiscoping makes this easy. Preserve these special moments using your securely mounted camera to capture the extremely detailed, vibrant images from ZEISS spotting scopes. Take full advantage of the generous focal length and high magnification. The high-resolution optical systems feature fluoride glass; with the Gavia and Harpia spotting scopes offering you optimum performance for creating clear, crisp images. Camera lenses with the same image resolution are significantly more expensive and heavier – or are not even available. The goal is not to cover extreme distances, as these results are often unsatisfactory due to mist, murkiness or heat shimmer. Instead, "close-up" images of between 20 and 50 meters deliver the best results and object details.

ZEISS offers you different ways of using our spotting scopes as telephoto lenses. These are listed below.

 

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Digiscoping with mirrorless system cameras

For the Victory Harpia and Conquest Gavia spotting scopes

Mirrorless camera systems with small fixed focal lengths are particularly well- suited for capturing exactly what you see directly via the spotting scope eyepiece. To attach, use the Photo Lens Adapters: these are mounted to the filter of the lens and placed over the spotting scope eyepiece. A locking screw keeps this setup in place.
These adapters are designed with light camera-lens combinations in mind, particularly mirrorless system cameras with lenses with fixed focal lengths. The filter screw on the lens should be as sturdy and stable as possible to prevent damage. If the length of the lens changes when focusing, turn off the autofocus, set the lens to "infinity" and adjust the focus on the spotting scope.

Three adapters are available for camera lenses with 49 mm, 52 mm and 58 mm filter threads. Please keep in mind you may require a “step-up” ring to go between our M-Series adapters and the camera lens. These are commercially available and are often less than 10 Euro (Or $10 USD)

To prevent serious vignetting, use a focal length of 30 mm and up with APS-C sensors, and a focal length of 40 mm and up with full-format cameras.
Taking photographs via the spotting scope eyepiece is a breeze with most digital cameras featuring a 3x to 4x zoom lens. The image is captured with the camera instead of the eye. The ZEISS Quick Camera Adapter ensures that your camera is firmly mounted in place while still providing sufficient latitude to align the camera precisely and, most importantly, allowing you to switch quickly between observing and photographing.
Calculating the "entire focal length" is easy: just multiply the camera focal length by the spotting scope magnification. A 100m focal length on a spotting scope with 30x magnification delivers a focal length of 3,000 mm – a dream for all nature and animal photographers.

 

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Digiscoping with compact cameras

For Conquest Gavia spotting scopes

You can use most digital cameras featuring a 3x to 4x zoom lens for easy image capture through the eyepiece of the spotting scope The image is captured with the camera instead of the eye. The ZEISS Quick Camera Adapter ensures that your camera is firmly mounted in place while still providing sufficient latitude to align the camera precisely and, most importantly, allowing you to switch quickly between observing and photographing.
Calculating the "total focal length" is easy: multiply the camera focal length by the magnification of the spotting scope. A camera with a focal length of 100 mm on a 30x magnifying spotting scope delivers a focal length of 3,000 mm – a dream for all nature and animal photographers.

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Digiscoping with smartphones

For Victory Harpia, Conquest Gavia and several ZEISS binocular models

Place your smartphone, such as the iPhone 6 / 6s or the S6 & S6 edge models , in the smartphone adapter and attach to the eyepiece of the spotting scope or binoculars using a suitable bracket adapter (ZEISS ExoLens Bracket). This is the simplest and quickest way to take snapshots or videos through the viewing optic.

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