Nearly all pictures were taken by holding a digital camera directly to the ocular lens of a spotting scope (popularly known as 'digiscoping'). No mounting bracket of any sort was employed. Free-holding the camera allows the maximum flexibility and freedom when one wishes to bird and digiscope at the same time. Plus, it is easier to find lost birds when one can quickly shift from digiscoping to looking through the eyepiece immediately. I'm sure I sacrifice some quality, but I feel it is worth it as I am only doing it as an incidental hobby and am not overly concerned with obtaining the highest quality photographs.
Cameras: All digiscoped photographs were taken with Fuji Finepix A330 (3 megapixel) or A340 (4 megapixel) or Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph (8 megapixel) digital cameras on the automatic setting, zoomed in to 3x.
Spotting scopes: Pictures were taken through 1) a Kowa TSN-4 straight scope with 20-60x zoom eyepiece, using 20x almost exclusively, or 2) a Leica APO Televid 77 angled scope with 20-60x zoom eyepiece, again relying almost entirely on 20x.
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