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spotting scopes with camera adapter

Postby amishcntry on Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:26 pm

:?: I want to get a scope that I can use my pentax camera with a k mount. I am not sure what it means when it says 20-60 x 100MM. DOES IT MEAN 200 to 600 MM magnification. Im no expert and don't want to get technical I just want to take a picture of the eagles flying near my house. I am considering the digital camera scope from Galileo which looks pretty impressive to me. It also can take video which would be nice to zoom in on that eagle. I have Galileo and am impressed dwith their binoculars for the price. Any suggestions. I was going to get a HUGE tele lelns but thought a spotting scope would be more useful. Any opinions.

Postby on Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:09 pm


There are two ways to attach your Pentax to a spotting scope.

When attaching the body of your Pentax to a spotting scope and using the spotting scope as a camera lens, the focal length of the spotting scope determines the magnification, not the zoom range of the eyepiece.

When attaching a camera to a spotting scope to take a picture through the eyepiece, then, yes, the eyepiece determines magnification. However, a 20-60 zoom eyepiece does not produce a focal length of 200-600mm. In photography, 1x is roughly equivalent to 50-55mm of focal length in a 35mm camera. This puts you at more like 1000mm to 3000mm.

Digital camera scopes are nowhere near as good as a spotting scope with a decent digital point and shoot camera attached. If you want to go digital, this is a much better option from the point of view of pic quality and versatility.
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