Spotting scope query

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Subject: Spotting scope query
From: Ben Lawson <>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 23:40:30 +0000

I am seeking advice from tech inclined birders.

I have previously used a spotting scope for birdwatching as I'm unable to
use binoculars. However as a result a recent medical issue I'm no longer
able to crane my head to look through the eyepiece of the scope. To allow
me to continue birdwatching, I'm looking for a device with the zoom and
clarity of a spotting scope but where the 'view' can be seen on a screen
without craning my neck.

My web searches so far have not turned up much. I have looked into the
Minox Digital Camera Module -
  - however the reviews are mixed and it seems to have been discontinued.
Another option would seem to be some form of video camera with a flip out
screen, however I'm unsure if this would have the clarity and zoom of a
scope?. My budget would be $1500 max.

My interest is in birdwatching rather than photography or videography ie
the idea of a viewing screen is simply so I can birdwatch, not record them.
I would prefer an 'off the shelf' type solution if possible but could
probably muster some technical 'build' assistance if absolutely necessary.

I would be most appreciative of any advice anyone can offer so I can get
back birdwatching soon. Please email me directly as I'm not sure the topic
will be of great interest to most birding-aus folk.

Many thanks for your time.

Regards, Ben, Brisbane
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