Bird Conservation Marketing - Promoting Conservation Through Birding


As of October 4th, 2008, we have officially joined the cult of Digiscopers. Not sure what a digiscoper is or what you need to participate in digiscoping? You’ve come to the right place!

If you have a digiscoping question please contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

digiscoping definition: to combine a spotting scope and a digital camera to produce digital photography. Thus, a digiscoper is someone who does digiscoping. We discuss the digiscoping definition in more detail here.

View our Digiscoped Lifelist – birds we’ve digiscoped.

Our Digiscoping Setup

Check out our updated digiscoping setup!!

Other Digiscoping Setups

If you have a digiscoping question please contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.


  1. October 8, 2008    

    I am so confused about this digiscoping! :o(

  2. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    October 10, 2008    

    Stay tuned and we’ll try to explain it as best as possible!!

  3. October 10, 2008    

    My adapter looks very different from yours, and is a bit awkward to use. Perhaps they’ve improved the design since I bought mine? It might be worth an update/upgrade.

  4. October 12, 2008    

    Is the set up very expensive?? I desperately want to get better photos.

  5. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    October 16, 2008    

    Wren – not sure about the different adapters. The one we got matches the scope and is made by Swarovski.

    Amanda – yes, the setup is expensive but the scope itself is super awesome without taking photos through it. Getting good photos takes a lot of practice as we are finding out. But you can get some AMAZING photos with it (we need more practice).

  6. October 18, 2008    

    Really cool set-up! I get some good shots with hand held Sony Cybershot and Swarovski 65mm but only with a lot of light. Kind of wishing I would have sprung the extra bucks for the 80 HD.

  7. Kshea Kshea
    November 6, 2008    

    Love the swaro-centric digiscoping setup. This is such an awesome way to take reference shots or better in the field. Just 1 question though, why not use a cable remote with the XTi to free up your right hand for pan/tilt?


  8. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    November 7, 2008    

    We do have a remote but it isn’t a cable remote. We’ll have to try using it in the field but the tripod allows for panning with the left hand on the scope (for focusing as well).

  9. edho edho
    November 15, 2008    

    can i get the detail info on the price for this device (exclude camera) thanks! greetings from indonesia

  10. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    November 18, 2008    

    edho – retail price varies but currently a package deal at is going for around $3,300.

  11. November 24, 2008    

    I have the scope (NC STAR 20×60) I have the camera (Sony H7)….cant make the camera lens fit to the scopes eye piece…so it aint working.

    any ideas?

  12. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    December 3, 2008    

    Daniel – a camera store would be the best bet. You probably need an adapter or step up/down ring to attach the camera properly. Or you could email as they are more familiar with all the hundreds of cameras and scopes.

  13. December 6, 2008    

    Wow, dream stuff for me 🙁

  14. Gary Gary
    December 27, 2008    

    I have the Swaro 80 HD ATS, DCA and Nikon d300 plus 50mm lens.
    Curious about which mode you shoot with, ISO, speed etc.
    Keep up the good work.

  15. Prakash Tuljapurkar Prakash Tuljapurkar
    April 27, 2009    

    I aminterested in bird photography.For last 3 years I am in this line and is my hobby.
    I have a canon DSLR 400 D camera with 18-55 and 70- 300 lenses.
    whether this digiscope will add more facility for shhoting birds? I am specialising on flying birds. Have good collection. Please let me know whether the attachments can be used for my camera? what could be the price? And whethe it will add to my
    capability to get better photographs?

No Pings Yet

  1. Phriday Photo (and Video) - Pine Siskin & American Goldfinch | Birdfreak: The Bird Conservation Blog on January 2, 2009 at 3:57 am
  2. Swarovski Optik and 10,000 Birds on January 6, 2009 at 4:01 am
  3. Phriday Photo - Cardinals and Waxwings | Birdfreak: The Bird Conservation Blog on January 9, 2009 at 8:00 am
  4. Phriday Photo - Digiscoped Dunlins on May 29, 2009 at 2:11 am
  5. Digiscoping is Child’s Play on June 30, 2009 at 5:10 am
  6. Review of Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia on July 21, 2009 at 2:14 am
  7. Phriday Photo – Whooping Cranes at Nygren Wetlands on November 27, 2009 at 4:50 am
  8. Review of the Swarovski Optik 25-50x W Eyepiece on April 26, 2010 at 5:03 am
  9. Battle of the Redheads — on May 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm
  10. Phriday Photo – Eastern Bluebird and the Sunrise — on May 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  11. Phriday Photo – Eastern Bluebird and the Sunrise — on May 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  12. Digiscoping Tip – Aperture Priority or Av Mode — on May 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

Random Bird Photo

Check out our Photo Lifelist for more!

Bird Identification Help!

Do you need help with identifying a bird? Go here and fill out the form!


Birdfreak Team Locations

Growing Up Home (The Birdfreak Team)
  • Callaway Nature Preserve
  • DeKalb County, Illinois (Eddie)
  • Callaway Farm
  • Findlay, Ohio (Jennie)
  • Callaway Garden
  • Biggest Week in American Birding

    May 6 - May 15, 2016 Biggest Week in American Birding

    Past Posts