Sat, 4 Oct 2003 14:25:42 +1000
Thanks to all those who replied to my recent
request for information on this subject. The following information sent to me by
Gordon Brook would seem to satisfy most of the questions on this
"EagleEye Optics in the UK specialise in all
types of adapters for still and video cameras. I use one of theirs for
coupling the Nikon Coolpix 4500 to the Swarovski ATS80 HD and the 30x lens. I
also ordered an adapter ring to fit my video camera but I haven't done much
with it so far. This is mainly because the VC is larger and heavier than some
of the later digital models and may need a support under it.
You can find a great deal of helpful information
from their WWW site. It also has a most useful finder section for particular
telescopes. They are helpful if you e-mail them with a question. I considered
becoming an agent here but the stocking requirements were larger than I wanted
so I don't think they have a contact in Australia at the moment.
Select Digiscoping & Birding then go to
Digibirding Guide. It is worth going through the site in detail as there is a
lot of information tucked away.
I would always recommend a fixed lens over a zoom
lens in terms of image quality and the size of the field of view. This is
because a zoom lens has many more optical components, which also have to move.
The Swarovski zoom lens is one of the best you will find but still the fixed
wins out. You might even want to consider a 20x for digital photography but
read the EagleEye information on that."
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