Swarovski also sent me the TLS APO Digiscoping Adapter to test out. Again, I couldn't wait to try it, so I took some photos at my feeders. It takes some time to get the hang of, but overall it is extremely easy to use and I would consider it to be the best digiscoping adapter that I have ever worked with. The adapter has a metal bracket that easily snaps onto the scope's eyepiece as well as a metal plate that allows the adapter to attach to a DSLR camera. Once the camera is attached to the adapter, you slip the adapter onto the metal plate and you are ready to shoot. It is incredibly quick and easy to attach. As an added bonus, when your camera and adapter are not on the scope, the metal plate can remain on the scope and does not get in the way of normal use.
|One of my first shots with the new setup. This Downy Woodpecker was happy to pose for me.|
|This female House Finch spent a lot of time at my feeders and was rather cooperative.|
|This shot of a Ring-billed Gull is my favorite photo that I took with the digiscoping adapter.|
During the time that I had the scope, I took it on two Big Days as well as to the Biggest Week in American Birding. I showed the scope to many of the participants that were on my field trips, and the response from everyone was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone agreed that it was among the best scopes that they had ever looked through!
The parts that I tested:
ATX Spotting Scope Modular Zoom Eyepiece (Angled)
ATX/STX 85mm Modular Objective Lens
TLS APO Digiscoping Adapter
|ATX with 85mm Objective Lens|
|TLS APO Digiscoping Adapter|
The scope was provided on loan from Swarovski Optik for the purposes of this review. All links are to our Amazon Affiliate Account.