I practiced digiscoping with binoculars today. I don’t want any more crappy pictures of cool birds, like the Red-bellied Woodpecker set I took on Wednesday. Digiscoping is basically shooting a picture through a spotting scope lens. You can take advantage of the magnifying power of your lens and the camera’s optical zoom to get high magnification. (Your final magnification is the power of your lens multiplied by the camera’s optical zoom. My binoculars are 8x, and my camera is 3x, so that makes 24x the highest magnification that I can get, which is decent.) Depending on your equipment, you can get some pretty high-quality images (and save a ton of money on telephoto lenses).
There are three huge challenges to this (due to my equipment) that usually don’t present with digiscoping in general. First, I’m using binoculars, and they have to be manually held to the camera. Second, my binoculars are out of alignment, so aiming is hard; what you see out of one barrel is not what you see out of the other barrel. Third, my camera is old and has a viewfinder instead of an LCD screen display, so I have to guess and set the binoculars to be slightly unfocused if I want a picture that isn’t a complete blur when using the 3x optical zoom.