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Spotting Scope/Digiscoping/Tripod

Postby sarahmn on Thu May 19, 2011 11:16 am

Hello,

I am ready to purchase my first spotting scope for birding. My budget is approximately $500. After doing a lot of reading, I have decided on the Celestron Regal F-ED series. I don't plan on doing a lot of hiking, etc. with the scope but obviously will need to carry it around at times and figured the 65mm would work fine for me. However, I am intrigued by the idea of digiscoping - this would not be the primary purpose for the scope by any means, but I'd like the option. I've seen some decent photos with the 80mm. I am wondering if it is worth the extra bulk (as far as I can tell, 4 inches in length and 1/2 lb heavier) to go with the 80mm instead, or would the 65mm be ok? I realize this is somewhat subjective but am wondering if the 65 is just out of the question for digiscoping.

Secondly, I am wondering if I need to be thinking about anything different for my tripod. Right now I have a Manfrotto 190cxpro4 and the head is a 488rc2. Is this adequate? Looks like I would not reach load capacity if my calculations are correct, but I am not sure if there is another factor I am not thinking of.

Thanks very much for your time,

Sarah
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Re: Spotting Scope/Digiscoping/Tripod

Postby Jne_K on Fri May 20, 2011 8:14 am

Hi Sarah

Glad to help.

Good choice on the spotting scope! I am a serious birder and made the switch from the big 80mm scopes to a smaller 66mm scope in my Kowa 663 years, ago and I HAVE NEVER looked back. You won't miss the little (and it is little) extra in performance gained with the larger scope, but you will love the smaller size and weight of the 65mm scope and that Regal is a dandy scope for the money. And, yes, I have used my 663 for digiscoping and it does an outstanding job. The Regal 65 will do everything you want to do.

That is more than adequate on the tripod and head. I prefer standard video, 2 way heads over a ball head like the 488, but that combo will certainly work, yes.
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Re: Spotting Scope/Digiscoping/Tripod

Postby sarahmn on Fri May 20, 2011 2:17 pm

Excellent! Thank you so much, very helpful!

Sarah
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Re: Spotting Scope/Digiscoping/Tripod

Postby Jne_K on Sat May 21, 2011 9:02 am

You are very welcome.
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