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Alpen Digital Camera Adapter for Spotting Scopes

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  • Digital camera adapter for spotting scopes
  • Turns spotting scope into powerful telephoto lens
  • Unique swing arm positions camera in place
  • Folds up for convenient storage; all-metal body
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Product Description

Product Description

Alpen's compact digital camera adapter for spotting scopes is a great way to take digital photos when using your Alpen spotting scope. You just attach the adapter to your tripod and then attach your compact digital camera and spotting scope to the adapter. After adjusting the adapter to your specific compact digital camera, you can then take great photos of wildlife and objects quickly and easily. You can view through your spotting scope normally and then with the unique swing arm design quickly bring your camera into position to take photos as desired. Backed by Alpen's lifetime warranty.

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Take close-up photos from a distance using your spotting scope with Alpen's digital camera adapter. Simply attach the adapter to your tripod and then attach your camera and spotting scope to the adapter. The adapter essentially turns your spotting scope into a powerful telephoto lens, so you can take great wildlife photos quickly and easily. In addition, the adapter includes a unique swing arm that lets you view through your spotting scope normally and then quickly swing your camera into place to take the photo. With a durable, long-lasting metal construction, the digital camera adapter is backed by Alpen's lifetime warranty.

About Alpen Optics
Established in 1997, Alpen Optics produces a full line of binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes, and accessories designed to offer superior value to the consumer. The company produces more than 70 products and accessories chock full of features and benefits normally found on much more expensive brands. Alpen backs up its commitment to quality manufacturing with a limited lifetime factory warranty. Alpen is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 18 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000G2EUP8
  • Item model number: 706
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,658 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Well made, works as described.
Fred Sensabaugh
Tried with a cheaper spotting scope and the eye relief was too short to use with any camera I tried.
Smik
I still wish this had worked though.
K. Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dimitry Rotstein on September 28, 2007
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This adapter is what it looks like - no surprises. Feels pretty sturdy (and heavy) and universal. There are many degrees of freedom. One of them allows you to pull the camera away in one motion, allowing you to use the scope alone - a useful feature. Some tightening knobs are hard to find (especially the one that holds the vertical slider), so expect some effort at learning all the operating details before becoming frustrated - it can be confusing at first. Read the manual first - it contains some important advices. But be mindful of the screw which holds the pad on which the scope is mounted - it tends to slide off if not tighten properly. I tried this adapter with Meade Redtail 60x77 scope and Canon A510 camera and got some nice pictures, although I got similarly good pictures before by simply holding the camera with my hands at scope's eye piece. The adapter is useful mostly when you need long exposure photography, like at night. Note that digiscoping works best with small objective lens cameras. If you have a large and heavy SLR and you're having a hard time shooting anything through the scope, it's probably not the adapter's fault. Try a smaller camera.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rustyduck on September 24, 2007
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a little complicated but will get the camera in position as desired...slight bumps to the equipment causes the camera to become slightly misaligned with the eye-piece and must be carefully monitored
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William on December 26, 2011
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I had to use a 1 3/4 inch block of wood secured with two small nuts and bolts to raise my straight (non angled)Leica scope high enough to meet the camera lens even when the camera is set at its lowest adjustment point. This device was apparently designed for angled scopes which I consider very odd. Also, the shoe plates have to be extremely tight -- to the point where you might damage the threads -- to prevent the scope from turning and thus misaligning when bumped or carried. Otherwise, it is very well constructed and works very well -- after it is re-engineered to work with a straight scope. The quality of the photos shot through the scope with my Canon Powershot S100 (an absolutely marvelous compact camera) is excellent. They are comparable to photos taken with a good DSLR with a 700+ mm lens. Bill Jones
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Florida_Lawdog on January 20, 2012
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Length: 0:50 Mins
Works great on a telescope with internal focusing too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Anast on June 24, 2012
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This is a well made device at a very reasonable price. It fulfills its expectations easily and i'm completely happy with my purchase.

Setting up takes a few minutes, and there are a number of locking screws that must be manipulated in order to get the camera positioned. Twenty minutes familiarization and you feel as though you've owned for years. Using a small Sony PAS I made very good photos. They are not perfectly sharp, but this is due in part to vibration and lack of a cable release for this type of camera. Also, a very sturdy tripod is a good investment, if you are serious about digi-photography.

I have several good SLRs, but bought this device as I felt the weight of the big cameras would put undue strain on the eyepiece of the scope. Once I had the Alpen device and had a chance to play with it I realized that I could attach the SLR to the Alpen and use it as a support for the camera/scope arrangement. It works perfectly!! The assembly is very solid and easily carried and moved about. I'm also able to use a cable release now making the system complete. I need more experience in setting the exposure since using the scope as the lens I no longer have aperture control, or auto focus. These are things that can be over come with a bit of practice.

There is only one mechanical defect that makes me give this a four rather than five. The elevation control on the vertical arm does not work well. It is not smooth and has to be fiddled with when making changes.To some extent the problem can be over come by holding both knobs as you make the change, but that's a bother.

I'd recommend this to a friend. With a modestly priced scope this is a good way to start. You can't go wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smik on January 9, 2012
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I would recommend testing your camera and scope combo before buying this or any rig. Tried with a cheaper spotting scope and the eye relief was too short to use with any camera I tried. Build quality was decent however some of the locking screws felt weak. The adjustablility was great however do to the long length of the linkage from the camera to the scope, vibration was an issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great Sage Inc. on January 6, 2014
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I really like the quality and value of my Alpen spotting scope but this camera mount is a real disappointment. The thing doesn't even open to a 90 degree angle where it is supposed to since the holes seem to be drilled or cast off-center. The design is anything but speedy and quick to change from spotting scope to camera mounted and it is quite cumbersome and unwieldy when assembled. Also, is it just plain cheaply built Chinese stuff. cheap screws, cheap metal, poor quality control, grindy adjustments that don't stay where you set them... I held off from one star because if you are stationary and do not move it you can eventually get this to line up and function as designed. It just takes so much effort that if what you are trying to take a picture of is any faster than a frozen tree sloth your subject is in a different county by the time you are shutter-ready. Mine now resides in the pile of stuff labeled " I wish I would have spend 10 times as much and gotten something that actually worked well or just did without".
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