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The latest Citizen Scientist has a short how-to on making a telephoto lens from a spotting scope – “You can make a telephone lens for your camera with a spotting scope and a center-slotted aluminum bracket… The camera is attached to the bracket with a bolt that fits the camera’s tripod mount. The spotting scope is attached using appropriate hardware.”Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. ajwolf says:

    You might also want google digiscoping. There many people who are pairing digital cameras with spotting scopes, so there are many other tips out there. This one is interesting as my P&S digial camera does not have filter threads, so the rig with the clamp for a coupler would be very useful

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