I was formerly a birder, and, now that I am retired, thinking I would enjoy digiscoping photography in conjunction with resuming my interest in birding.
I am thinking of buying the Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope, the proper coupling adapter and a Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera with EF-S 18-55mm Lens which has a 58 mm threaded filter (and a remote shutter release). High quality distance viewing equipment and impressive photographic results are important to me.
Will the adapter definitely work smoothly with this camera?
Is an angled eyepiece the advisable choice (I am 6'1") and wear glasses?
I would think the tripod should have a panning head instead of a ball-type? Do you have a recommendation for a particular make and model? on sale?
What about one of those sliding brackets to balance the scope when the camera is taken off?
Any irresistible deals for binoculars, which I basically see as a tool for locating the birds, and probably would not see a heavy expense as justified?
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics. The setup that you listed will work, except in order to digiscope you will need a fixed 50mm lens for the DLSR camera instead of the 18-55mm lens. These 50mm lens generally have 52mm threads, which will attach to the 52mm plate on the adapter.
As for a tripod you will certainly want a video pan-arm tripod head as opposed to a ball head.
For your height, I’d suggest the following setup:
Manfrotto 055xb Tripod legs
Manfrotto 128rc Tripod Head
You can check our hot deals section for binocular deals in your price range.