I have a Canon T1i and would like to get into digiscoping. What would you suggest? I'd be willing to spend between $500 to $800
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With a fixed 50mm lens (the zoom lenses won’t work), your only options where the scope manufacturer makes an adapter that will accept the DSLR with a lens are the Vortex Viper and Razor, Kowa scopes, and Swarovski ATS/M scopes.
In your price range, your best bet would be one of the Vortex Viper scopes, along with the Vortex Viper adapter. http://www.eagleoptics.com/digital-camera-adapters/vortex/vortex-viper-digital-camera-adapter
You could also get a small-bodied point and shoot camera with a below 4x optical zoom and that will drastically open up the options for digiscoping, as a lot more manufacturers make adapters that will accept those, whether universal or threaded styles.
You could also look at the a telephotography style setup like the Celestron Regal, which comes with a photo adapter.
That photo adapter, plus a T-ring you’d buy specific to your Canon body (we do not sell the basic ones), would bridge the gap between your scope body (minus its eyepiece) and your camera body (minus its lens).
This can certainly yield nice results, but it’s not as easy or convenient to move back and forth between photography and observation as it would be with a threaded adapter like the Viper setup above.