Digiscoping Rules and Techniques for Beginners

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As digiscoping grows in popularity, so does the need for more articles on how to do it properly. We put together this guide to some of the rules and techniques for beginners to the craft, to give you a head start on getting those awesome shots. How do you get started in this image-focused photography art? Read on and find out!

What is Digiscoping?

Digiscoping is the art of combining a camera with a high-powered telescope in order to take some superb images. The close-up pictures produced are exceptional – and you only need a few things to get started. If you want to try this fun hobby for yourself, all you need is:

  • A good camera, we suggest a compact camera instead of just using the one on your phone! However, any camera that takes a good picture can be used.
  • A scope – cheap scopes don’t tend to last, but middle of the range ones do fine. The scope will allow you to get that focus on the tiny details that you crave. Most photographers will have their own favourite brand of scope but if you don’t you can find tips on choosing one, here.
  • A good adapter – Digiscoping adapters help connect your camera to your scope. They can be tricky to find but you can’t get to work without one. We suggest you try a universal adapter as these are likely to work with a wider variety of scopes.
  • A tripod – more shaking means less picture quality. Have you ever tried taking a picture when your camera is zoomed up close? Bypass this with a tripod and save yourself the worry. Try to pick a tripod with a smooth head and easy turning. This will make our framing better and your shots less likely to blur.

Asides from these basic pieces of equipment, a good eye for a shot is all that is needed to start digiscoping for yourself!

The Basic Rules of Digiscoping

So now that you have your equipment, what are the basics? Before you begin your foray into microscopic imaging, let’s talk top tips!

The right Adapter is Essential

Adapters align the scope and the camera to get that perfect shot; you will need the right adapter for good images.

Lens Distance

If you can, keep your camera as far from the lens as possible when you attach it. Once it is attached you can add some distance.

Perfect Alignment

When you have correctly aligned the scope and the lens the shot will appear as if you are looking through a telescope. This ‘tunnel vision’ will be surrounded by black, in much the same way as a spotlight creates a circle of light. This is known as the Vignette effect. The stronger the vignette, the darker the surrounding black. Zooming in should clear this out of the frame and leave you with the perfect shot![1]

Final Tips

Blurring occurs when you are out of focus similarly to how it would in any normal shot. If you find your shot blurring simply pull in as close as you can to the image, then pull back out again until you focus. Easy!

You are ready to start digiscoping for yourself. Get out there and let us know how you get on!

  1. https://www.dannysdigiscoping.com/gettingstarted.htm

 

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.
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