I’ve just come back from getting my shots- in my right arm is typhoid, in my left, yellow fever. Right above my left elbow are hepatitis A and B. Later, I go back for tetanus and the second round of hep. And start the anti-malarial pills.
I’m going to the Amazon.
But enough about that- today I solved the problem of how to connect my new fieldscope with my little point-and-shoot camera to get ready for some digiscoping. This is where you use your scope as a long lens in the field. If you have a bird in view, you can put your camera lens up to the eyepiece and with a little finagling and a lot of practice, get an awesome photo. Nikon and Swarovski both make attachments for their scopes but they are pricey and designed to work only with certain cameras. I made one today out of ordinary stuff from Ace hardware and it only cost me $1.98. Want to know how I did it? Of course you do!
My new scope is a Nikon ED50 angled eye 15-30 fieldscope. It weighs about a pound and fits in my purse, and it’s not a very big purse. My usual gripe about scopes is that they weigh a ton and they need a sturdy, heavy tripod to schlep around. This scope fits onto a pochade box tripod which telescopes down and fits into a shoulder bag. My new scope setup is lightweight, compact, waterproof and really cute. I’m taking it to the Amazon.
But I digress. The digiscope fitting is made of three inexpensive items from Ace Hardware: a 1 1/2″ diameter (inside diameter) by 2 3/8″ copper pipe coupling ($1.79), something called, no kidding, a ballcock shank washer ($.19) and a few inches of electrical tape to hold the first two things together (use duct tape if you want to go Total Okie. And drink a Mountain Dew while you assemble your project). The copper coupling fits perfectly over the eyepiece of the fieldscope, and the lens of my Canon Powershot fits perfectly into the center hole of the (giggle) ballcock shank washer, putting the lens of the camera right up to the glass of the eyepiece. It works, it’s cheap, and you can get everything you need at any hardware store. Happy digiscoping!