Digiscoping with the Swarovski ATX-85 Scope

Nashville Warbler, digiscoped with the Swarovski ATX-85

Nashville Warbler, digiscoped with the Swarovski ATX-85

We recently got the new Swarovski ATX-85 spotting scope in for evaluation and have really been enjoying the job. In addition to the crystal clear, tack sharp image quality, this scope also has really well-designed digiscoping options for point-and-shoot cameras as well as micro 4/3 and standard DSLR cameras. Below are a few modest examples.

We were out at the Salton Sea, trying to chase down the Cave Swallows reported along Pound Road, when we noticed a group of Nashville Warblers playing in a palo verde tree, across a deep flowing irrigation ditch on private property, easily 70 yards away. In this case, the distance actually helped, as it gave us a few more seconds’ time to get one of these hyper-kinetic little birds in frame for long enough to snap off a shot or two. Most of the shots didn’t work out, primarily because of obscuring branches, but this one did. Now how often do you see a digiscoped Nashville Warbler?! This picture was taken with a Nikon CoolPix P 300 camera, using Swarovski’s DCB II adaptor and the Swarovski ATX-85 spotting scope.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

A report of a potential spring record of Solitary Sandpiper along San Diego Creek in Irvine had us out early one morning. It was a very gray, overcast morning with a heavy marine layer, so there wasn’t much light available. We searched everywhere for the Solitary and couldn’t find it, but we did find this very handsome Greater Yellowlegs in alternate plumage. We had to push to ISO setting on the Nikon CoolPix P300 to 800 to stop the motion of this actively feeding bird, but once that adjustment was made, we were in business.

This is an example of the kind of results we can get with a system that is new to us, working quickly under sub-optimal conditions for photography. We are really looking forward to getting to know it well!
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