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03-28-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hooking up a spotting scope to a dslr?

Got a nice Nikon spotting scope. Can it and would it be worthwhile to try to hook up to my Pentax?

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03-28-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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I just bought a spotting scope and matched Pentax adapter from a forum member, waiting for it to arrive to test it out.
Not sure about the options for your Nikon but at least with the Pentax the results look promising.
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It's worthwhile to try. The necessary parts are fairly inexpensive but depend on what size eyepieces your spotting scope uses. If it can take 1.25" eyepieces consider this combo:
1) Celestron 24-8mm zoom eyepiece. Costs approx $70 USD. It has an undocumented feature of t-threads hidden beneath the rubber eyecup.
2) Generic K-mount T-ring adapter. Around $15 USD.

This will be compatible with any spotting or telescope that uses 1.25" eyepieces. Cheaper and smaller scopes often use 0.965", though.
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Note that there are two ways to digiscope. The first, which is probably appropriate to your equipment, is to use a digital camera to take photos through the eyepiece. For the Nikon-Pentax link you'll need either to screw the eyepiece onto the camer/lens or buy an adapter (Pentax makes one) that allows you to swing the camera into position to shoot through the eyepiece. The second method, which I think is unique to Pentax, is to use the PF CA-35, which is an optical tube that replaces the eyepiece. It attaches to your K-mount camera on one end and slides into the spotting scope in place of an eyepiece on the other end. To the best of my knowledge the CA-35 only works on Pentax spotting scopes. I've not seen any side-by-side reviews of resolution using these two approaches, but my guess in that the CA-35 arrangement is much better than shooting through the eyepiece.

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I was going to use it as a super tele for nature photography.

My scope is a Nikon Field scope with a 20-60x eyepiece. But the eyepiece also has a zoom rating up to 75x. Don't know why it has 2 zoom ratings. Eyepiece is roughly about 2 inches in diameter.

Would such a spotting scope be as sharp as a high quality tele on the Pentax?

What would this spotting scope translate to in standard mm lens terms?
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Notes that most scopes with removable eyepieces have T-mount adaptors that can be fit to any camera with the appropriate adaptor, I have Nikon and Pentax adaptors for my C90 scope
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Two zoom ratings, 1st applies when attached to the 60mm and the 2nd when used on the 82mm. Not sure if there's a T Mount adapter for the scope, but with the Nikon adapters you obtain: 800mm f/13 with 60mm Fieldscopes and 1000mm f/13 on 82mm Fieldscopes
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