Photography, since its inception, has taken a hold on us. The ability to capture an experience as a permanent pictorial record allows one to share with the world what they have seen. Be it still photos, movies, video, all these allow us the ability to store and share memories. With the advent of the Internet, the ability to share pictures with most anyone on the planet is truly a wonderful development. Birdwatchers have long taken pictures of their "prey" and over the years the quality of the photographs has moved from adequate to outstanding. The development of the 35mm camera has allowed the masses to attempt the fetes of those who publish in magazines like National Geographic. 

However, unless you are very lucky and the bird that is being photographed is both very still and very close, an investment in lenses and sophisticated cameras becomes necessary. For many individuals this is a significant one, and often results in increasing frustration at not being able to get the shot they would like. The development of the digital camera has begun to change this situation by allowing a new form of bird photography that combines the use of a spotting scope with a digital camera. It is not a totally ideal approach, but one that is giving truly fantastic results. Indeed, digiscoping basically involves attaching a digital camera to the eyepiece of a spotting scope, using a homemade adapter or mount and shooting through the lens of the spotting scope. Simple as that !

The novelty of this approach lies in the fact that by combining the magnifications of the telescope (20x to 60x), the camera (3x optical zoom) and cropping on the computer (0% to 50%), one ends up with a total magnification of approximately 80x, which is equivalent to either looking through a telescope equipped with an 80x eyepiece, or shooting in 35mm with a 4000 mm telephoto lens! 
Digital birding photography also offers multiple other advantages and has rapidly gained a significant success among birders and wildlife photographers around the world. The improvment of digital technologies and the marketing of leaders in lens production (Nikon, Canon and others) largely contributed to the enthousiasm of birdwatchers for digiscoping.

The present website gives you a more detailed description of the technique and results from information collected since the early days of digiscoping, and has been greatly improved by the help of many international contributors. New contributors are welcome, as digiscoping is still an evolving science. Articles on technical aspects of digital photography (Tips and Tricks) must be submitted in Word or HTML format to S. Moniotte (see contact information). Notes and reports currently available may be found on the 'Articles" webpage.