Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Digiscoping with a Leica Televid 77 spotting scope

Eagle Optics,

I have an angled Leica APO Televid 77 with a 20-60x eyepiece. What digiscoping adapter can you recommend? I would like to use my Panasonic Luminix ZS7 point-and-shoot.



Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.

Your camera will unfortunately not work for digiscoping because of its high optical zoom of 12x. In order to digiscope, you will need a camera with no higher than a 3-4x optical zoom, as the high optical zooms will not allow you to get rid of vignetting (shadowing) around the image or get a full frame.

With a small-bodied point-and-shoot, the only adapter that is made for that older Leica scope is called the 42-303 Leica Digital Camera Adapter. At the time we sold it, it was around $260. It's been long discontinued, so you'd need to try finding it online.

Another option would be to try the Vortex Large Universal Digiscoping Adapter, also discontinued. This one might still be available at Wild Birds Unlimited stores or other Vortex dealers as it was recently discontinued. This one runs approximately $60, although it is a bit large and cumbersome.

The final option would be to use a Kowa DA-10 adapter with a 37mm adapter ring and the Vortex PS-100. All of these items are in stock and the total cost would be $260, and this would be a fairly lightweight and slick option for digiscoping with your Leica 77mm scope.

Eagle Optics

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