A refresher on 'digiscoping'.

This site includes some ‘digiscoped’ photos. Digiscoping is the art of acquiring digital photographic images by attaching a digital camera (usually a compact camera such as a Nikon Coolpix or Panasonic Lumix for example) to the eyepiece of a terrestrial telescope. Other variants exist - such as attaching an SLR camera to the body of the telescope in the absence of the eye-piece. By such means, images of remarkable magnification can be achieved, which is especially useful for wildlife photography at long ranges. Not all telescopes are suitable for digiscoping, but, among those that are, the larger Kowa telescopes are particularly fine (hence the original naming of this site).

For further information on the art of digiscoping, I recommend articles published in Birding World in 2002 (see references below), and the lavishly illustrated book A Close Up Look. Approaching Nature Through Digiscoping (ISBN 978-84-935232-6-8, Nayade Editorial, 2008), plus the information available at various web sites included in the ‘Web Links’ section of this site (especially Successful digiscoping is not easy, but patience and practice, together with application of traditional photographic skills, can reap rewards.


Hackett, P. (2002) Progressing with video digiscoping Birding World 15 (3), 121-128

Hatton, D. (2002) Progressing with stills digiscoping Birding World 15 (8), 335-342