What is Digiscoping?
Spotting Scope + Adapter + Compact Digital Camera = Super telephotography
It is simply using your spotting scope as a telephoto lens. Place your compact digital camera up to the eyepiece and fire away. An adapter allows you to 'connect' the camera for more stability and centering the camera lens with the scope eyepiece.
Originated: 1999 Laurence Poh, Malaysia – Grandfather of Digiscoping
Mr. Poh is credited with developing the technique and presenting the first of many impressive images taken using his new Nikon Coolpix CP990 and Swarovski HD80 Scope. Sadly, Mr. Poh passed away a few years ago, but his memory and images are still the standard by which we are all compared. Please check out his site at: http://www.laurencepoh.com/
Poor man’s bird photography - $ vs. $$
The appeal of digiscoping is that it is significantly cheaper than traditional SLR/Telephoto Lens photography. A 'good' digiscoping setup can be had for under $1000 US as opposed to the $5 -10,000 you might spend on a Canon/Nikon DSLR and Prime 400 to 600mm lens.
Chance to study plumage variations not shown in FG’s
Today's field guides are great and wonderful. Unfortunately we tend to see many birds in basic or molting/worn plumage. Shorebirds, especially are difficult to ID. Digiscoping has helped me improve my ID skills by allowing me to look for the details lacking in today's field guides.
Records of unusual or rare birds
There is nothing better than seeing a rare or unusual bird on an outing and being able to prove it. Documentation of rare species is made easier because more and more digiscopers are able to provide photographic evidence of that 'casual' Curlew Sandpiper at Pt. Mouillee, MI.