Wikipedia defines Digiscoping as "... the activity of using a digital camera to record distant images by coupling it with an optical telescope. The term usually refers to using either a digital single-lens reflex camera with lens attached or, more often, a fixed lens point and shoot digital camera to obtain photos through the eyepiece of a birdwatcher's spotting scope...."
A couple of us Mods were invited to the Swarovski Optik presentation by Richard Kramer at the Camper's Corner on Friday evening
This new system was announced late July 2012 and recently released only since September last month.
Essentially, the ATX (denoting the angled version ) and STX (denoting straightversion) is a 2 piece modular telescope with varying degrees of power (65 , 85 and 95) and zoom abilities (25 to 60 times zoom and 30 to 70 times zoom)
Not getting enough reach even with a TC on your 300mm or 600mm prime monster ?
With the Swarovski ATX/STX we're talking about effective focal lengths of up to 2100mm .... with a crop factor sensor, the focal length gets mind-boggling at 33oomm ..... and MIND-BLOWING when we talk about it paired with a M4/3 body
And at 2.2kg with the heaviest combination, its a fraction of the weight of a giant 600mm tele
How fast are these outfits ? between f8 to f22 depending on the light
Presently Swarovski is class leading in the field of spotting scopes even before the launch of the ATX and STX .... BUT.... we're photographers and naturally biased towards its photo-taking abilities
The ATX/STX system spotting telescopes produced a system approach with camera mount adaptors for Nikon, Canon, Sony AND M4/3 mounts (and even the new Nikon J/V mounts)
Currently this system caters to cropped sensor APS-C cameras but news is that it will have an adaptor allowing for full-frame sensors to be used by next year
We were shown (and demo'ed) 2 adaptors ..... one for DSLR and system cameras .... and one for regular Point and Shoot cameras