video scoping

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Subject: video scoping
From: "Lynn" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 14:25:42 +1000
Hi all
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 subject.
"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.              Home page.
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.  This is where the selector is - select Swarovski etc for details.
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."
Dick Jenkin
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