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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 5:37 pm 
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I upgraded to a Vortex Razor HD 20-60 x 80 spotting scope and this spring started digiscoping with it.

My current camera has too high a zoom to work with the camera adapters, so I just hand held the camera to the 'scope, and clicked the shutter manually. So I likely had a fair bit of movement, misalignment, etc.

The best pics you can definitely see the subject ok but there is a lot of room for improvement. Also, I see a real difference in the pics I took this spring versus this fall; the fall ones are generally much blurrier, likely due to the high winds where we were at moving the 'scope around. The tripod I was using is toast now, got broken up on the outside of my pack in some alders.

I'd rather not buy another camera just for digiscoping. Since I'm doing this while I'm hunting I'd like to have a set-up that goes on and off the 'scope quickly.

Anyway, here's some pics from this past spring and fall, and lets see some of your pics and please tell me about your set-up.
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Pretty sure that all of these pics are at the low, 20x setting.
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A sow and boar brown bear, the one is bedded on the right. As I remember they are ~ 3/4 mile away.
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A real nice brown bear boar on the beach. Half a mile away ?
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A very blonde and very small brown bear sow on the beach ~1/4 mile away.
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Real nice bull with great fronts a bit over half mile away.
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A real cool one antlered bull a bit over a half mile away.
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And a beautiful grizzly a little under 3 miles away.
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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 6:28 pm 
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Hey Tim,

Great pics! You should go to the member only area and check out the AZ membership hunt thread. Steve O is out there right now and has posted some digiscoping photos that are amazingly clear. I'm not sure what his set up is but I'm sure he'll be along to let us know. I only have a small amount of digiscoping experience and have hand held the camera the way you did. It took a bit to get the zoom right and was pretty frustrating if the subject moved at all. It probably took me 10 or 15 pics to get one to turn out. I'm interested to hear about some better set ups as well.

Here's one I took. The mule deer were probably 1/4 mile away. I was using a 16-48 power 62mm Leica Televid spotter...can't remember exactly what power I had it set on. I've got a few pics of some nice Bighorns from the same hunt I'll see if I can find.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 6:47 pm 
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An Olympus half-arsedly aimed thru a Swarovski scope.

An ~37-38" legal ram and slightly less than legal second ram, Wrangell Mountains, 2007.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 6:51 pm 
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One ram @ 39-41"

Second ram @ 37-38" with 8" broomed off each horn

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The broomed ram a couple days earlier on the other side of the mountain.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 10:33 pm 
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I WILL be watching this very closely! Never done this before but could help with hunting stories for you guys. I'm guessing it could be done with Bino's as well.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 11:03 pm 
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Check here:

http://www.probowsociety.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2496

And check the Arizona Member Hunt thread for my new phoneskope setup for the iPhone. Awesome. Need to get the adapter for my 15s now.


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2014, 11:10 pm 
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Aaron McDonnel wrote:
Hey Tim,

Great pics! You should go to the member only area and check out the AZ membership hunt thread. Steve O is out there right now and has posted some digiscoping photos that are amazingly clear. I'm not sure what his set up is but I'm sure he'll be along to let us know. I only have a small amount of digiscoping experience and have hand held the camera the way you did. It took a bit to get the zoom right and was pretty frustrating if the subject moved at all. It probably took me 10 or 15 pics to get one to turn out. I'm interested to hear about some better set ups as well.

Here's one I took. The mule deer were probably 1/4 mile away. I was using a 16-48 power 62mm Leica Televid spotter...can't remember exactly what power I had it set on. I've got a few pics of some nice Bighorns from the same hunt I'll see if I can find.

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Sorry...specs are 12 year old 62mm Zeiss 15-45 and new IPhone 6+ with a PhoneSkope adapter.

Vortex has an excellent digiscope adapter system that will work on about any scope but is made for that Razor. I was looking at that to use my DSLR but this iPhone is doing so well that puppy may be up for sale soon.


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PostPosted: January 5th, 2015, 7:21 pm 
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OK, I am done with my homemade system and am completely sold on the Phoneskope and Iphone.

Here is what I took to AZ since I did not have to pack light

8x32 to keep on me
10-15x50 to pack around to glass from the tripod
15-45x62 scope to interchange with the Duovids and the Phoneskope


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PostPosted: January 5th, 2015, 8:04 pm 
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Well, I was all excited that I could load photos right from my iPhone and it worked above once so I am going to have to Photobucket this :(

Spotter at 15x and phone zoomed out:

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Spotter at 15x and phone zoomed in:

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Spotter at 30x phone zoomed out:

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Spotter at 30x and phone zoomed in:

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Spotter at 45x and phone zoomed out:

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Spotter at 45 and phone zoomed in:

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Photos were taken at 19 miles!


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2015, 9:13 am 
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Pretty amazing stuff Steve O... those deer pics you posted elsewhere are beautiful. On another note, how long have you been using the zoom binos?


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2015, 11:45 am 
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Tad Dietz wrote:
Pretty amazing stuff Steve O... those deer pics you posted elsewhere are beautiful. On another note, how long have you been using the zoom binos?


I bought those after my Colorado Bighorn sheep hunt in 2007. The country was so BIG I did a lot of glassing with my spotting scope. I'd been around Swarovski 15s a few times by then but figured these Duovids would be more versatile...and I am confident I am right about that. Both are excellent but I would never switch--even if I won a new pair of 15s.

Depending on what I am doing I have a stable to cover every need imo:

Leica 8x20 Ultravid
Leica 8x32 Ultravid
Leica 10-15 Duovid
Zeiss 10x42 Victory FL
Zeiss 15-45x62 Diascope

If I could, I'd replace the 10x42s with Swarovision ELs but unless I find a screaming pawn shop deal I am good till I die.

I plan to get another adapter for the Phoneskope so I can hook up to the binocs and not shift out on the tripod to the spotter all the time.


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Just had an ah-ha moment after doing a bit of research, they're not zooms, they switch between the 2 powers, makes more sense now, thanks


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This clip shows how the PhoneSkope works on a buck my buddy went to stalk. Again, the buck was far enough away he was not visible to the naked eye.


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