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Advice on spotting scope with camera adaptable.

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Advice on spotting scope with camera adaptable.

Postby John on Wed May 03, 2006 6:12 pm

I want to purchase a good quality spotting scope to take with us to Yellowstone NP this summer, and hope we will be able to see wolves even if at a distance. At first I was looking at the Zhumell 20-60x80 Angled with digital camera adaptable. But then as I was reading your advice to others I noticed the Meade Redtail 25x-75xZoom 90mm spotting scope. Is the Meade Redtail Scope DIGITAL CAMERA ADAPTABLE? (My camera is Sony MVC-CD-400 with a lens measuring 1 1/2 inches outside dimensions). Is this Meade Redtail a good quality scope for seeing wildlife at a distance, or is there another you would suggest. I would like to keep the cost of the scope to near $300.
Also, please tell me which Camera Adapter you would suggest for the particular scope.
Thanks for your advice and I'd like to purchase from you as soon as possible. John

Postby on Thu May 04, 2006 2:03 pm


Your best bet for that kind of camera is a universal digital adapter such as the Barska, ... aptor.html or the Radian, ... apter.html This approach allows you to use almost any digital camera and spotting scope combination.

I'd rate the Redtail on a par with the Zhumell. I'd also look at the Celestron Ultima 80, ... scope.html It's now waterproof and the "no fault" warranty is hard to beat.
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Advice on spotting scope-camera adaptable.

Postby John on Thu May 04, 2006 3:14 pm

Your comments are very helpful. Thanks for your assistance. I'm ready to order.

Re: Advice on spotting scope with camera adaptable.

Postby Ken on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:03 am

I have a Meade Retail and a Nikon D5000. Is there a Meade SLR Camera Adapter that's similar to the one for their ETX models that would then couple with a T-Mount SLR Camera Adapter for Nikon F-Mount?

Thanks in advance

Re: Advice on spotting scope with camera adaptable.

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:44 am

Sorry, no.

If you want to use that scope for photography, try adding a small digital point and shoot, no more than 3-4x, behind the eyepiece with one of the many universal digiscoping adapters on the market. Save your DSLR for other work.
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