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      Photographing birds Using Telescopes

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      The Bigma cost about 900 GBP for a new one and the Canon 100-400mm costs around 1200 GBP
      My 1900mm telescope cost me $550

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      Photographing birds Using Telescopes

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      My 1900mm telescope cost me $550
      Well can u use that to take the picture of a pelican in flight or that of a humming bird in action ?
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      Quote Originally Posted by HELLSTAR View Post
      Well can u use that to take the picture of a pelican in flight or that of a humming bird in action ?
      You need to ask them to say "Cheeeeese" for 5 secs.

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      Quote Originally Posted by matbhuvi View Post
      You need to ask them to say "Cheeeeese" for 5 secs.
      well , if you could tell me how to do it i would with pleasure.

      jokes apart your telescope is designed for astrophotography , where as we are talking photographing life .. well there are telescope designed specifically for bird photography , now thats an entirely different discussion about " Digiscoping ".

      Yes , this is a possibility to use the telescope to reach birds , and even the staunch supporters of this approach cite diffculties in setting up and in responding quickly to a situation , in comparison to the DSLR +Lense combo .... i am sure if you google it you will find some interesting pointers...

      Why dont you try this out and post some bird pictures?

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      I can foresee two issues..

      1. Prime lens with very high magnification. Meaning, if the subject moves out of the field of view, you have to be very nimble in getting them back to field of view. So, very difficult with moving objects. Best chance is to prefocus into a region and hope that the subject comes into the area. Following the subject is next to impossible.

      2. No autofocus. You have to manually focus using view finder or the live view. Time consuming.

      Spotting telescopes are much more useful in landscape / wildlife photography than the full scale astro telescopes. Also, the images will be inverted. But, that is not much of a problem.

      Will give it a try this weekend.

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      Photographing birds Using Telescopes

      Starting this thread for details on bird photography using telescopes, as an offshoot from the "Renting SLR/ lense thread"

      So matbhuvi, now you can post your tele-birding pictures here ...
      Last edited by HELLSTAR; 9th Mar 2012 at 19:13. Reason: update

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      Took out the telescope y'day afternoon..Man i couldn't find a sing bird around..not even a kaka

      So tried on some close ups

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      So, ventured out again in the evening..

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      This time with my daughter to help me in spotting the birds.

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      Boy..i realized that the telescope is f/15 and it is impossible to shoot at Photographer's golden hours - the dawn & dusk. All i could get is pure black .

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