Interesting Bit of Digiscoping Kit

To: "Carl Clifford" <>, "Baus Aus" <>
Subject: Interesting Bit of Digiscoping Kit
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:49:12 +1100
Here's a link to a description of this device:

It's actually called a Digital Eyepiece.  With this fitted in place of a
normal eyepiece, you use the scope by looking at an LCD instead of
through an eyepiece.

Some thoughts:
- It says it's waterproof, but I wonder if it matches the protection of
the scope itself.
- It doesn't mention the resolution of the screen itself.  My
experiences with the electronic viewfinder in my camera show that this
is very important.  It can be very hard to find or follow a target if
the resolution is too low.  The fact that you have to remove the normal
eyepiece to use this could be a pest with moving, hard to see birds.
- It has a light shield around the screen.  Hopefully that would allow
it to be used in strong sunlight.  I guess with a scope you could shield
it from stray light with your hand, something that's difficult with a
- I wonder if this could actually be better than a normal eyepiece in
low light.
- It comes with a Kowa mount, but you can get adapters for the other
high end scopes.  I wonder if it could be made to work on any other
- I feel that devices like these can never match a proper camera with
its own lens, but I also can't help feeling that the camera-less scopes
and binoculars we all wander around with are a bit primitive because
they can't capture what we see.  Hopefully these types of devices,
including "digi-binos", will develop to the stage where they're useful
and discrete enough that we can all capture what we're seeing without

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Carl Clifford
> Sent: Wednesday, 12 March 2008 9:56 PM
> To: Baus Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Interesting Bit of Digiscoping Kit
> Dear All,
> Minox have a new product called a Digital Eye. It is essentially a
> combined eyepiece/digital camera that fits into the eyepiece
> socket of
> a spotting'scope. It has a 5.0 Mpxl sensor and focus is via a
> 2.4" LCD
> screen and can be obtained to fit Minox/Kowa, Leica, Zeiss and
> Swarovski 'scopes. Pricing is around USD 400. It might be the
> digiscoping answer for people who want a simple method.
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford

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