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Golden Plover

Observed: 3rd February 2011 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
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Part of a roost of maybe 100 on a small spit at high tide - and an attempt to photograph through a telescope.

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photo thro' telescope

Quality looks ok to me. I have been considering using a scope to photograph.Did you use an adapter ? and if so which? Thanks

Alan Edwards

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Photo & telescope

Hi Alan,

As it happens, this was just done by sticking the end of my digital compact into the eyepiece of an old Optolyth scope - no adaptor. This does mean that the original photo was a large black expanse with an over-exposed image in the middle. This was then cropped and the brightness, contrast etc tweaked to give the above pic. It's a slightly hit-and-miss method, but cheap, and works as long as the original image resolution is high enough for the central image to retain enough detail once cropped, expanded etc.

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I've found ...

... holding a mobile phone camera up to the eyepiece works quite well. By actually holding the phone on the eyepiece I get almost full frame images; that is the circular image almost touches the edges of the black square, this then requires very little cropping. Also the exposure is about right as the required image is forming a large part of the photo.

I have an adaptor for my Opticron which is a dedicated device from the manufacturer which pushes snugly over the eyepiece and has a Nikon connector on the back. I believe most scope manufactures have something similar. This takes good shots but is cumbersome so for a quick record of an observation I would recommend the mobile method.


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phone photos

Thanks Ray - I've not tried that.

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scopes and cameras

Many thanks for your helpful advice I am still near bottom of learning curve

Alan Edwards