I’ve been fiddling around with digiscoping for several years. So a year or so back I finally bought a decent setup. Digiscoping is where you attach a digital camera to a spotting scope.

I found the Vortex brand of scopes is cheaper than the crazy expensive Leica and Swarovski scopes, but it still breaks the bank a little. You get your money’s worth, however. Also the cost of the camera adapters is cheaper than the higher-end brands while still being decent quality. This setup allows you to get some fairly sharp shots at long distance so birds or other animals aren’t disturbed too much.

This is the scope.
 
The two adapters needed to attached a small point and shoot camera.
 
 
 
The previous version of the camera below is the one I’m using. It has full HD video and enough manual settings to allow adjusting for tough lighting conditions. The kind you get when shooting birds, where it can be really dark or back lit. I’ve gotten good results with cheaper cameras too.
 

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-Digital-Optical-Full-HD/dp/B00EFILNV8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1402540954&sr=8-4&keywords=canon+-+powershot+s110

Some type of sturdy tripod is a must. I have an old Bogen tripod I got off an astronomy auction site and I’m sure there’s plenty on ebay. The one I have is a back-breaker and one of these days I might save up and get a carbon fiber tripod that I could carry longer distances.
 
Well that was quite a book. Hope it gives you food for thought and maybe some inspiration to get a closer look at nature.
 
P.S. One of my favorite captures so far is this silly gopher snake.

Long-billed curlew luring me away from it’s nest.

Great solar weather site and their android app is decent too.

I’ve been on the fence about what framework to learn for mobile development. To see a phonegap game with such popularity is inspiring, since it is very accessible using a common web skillset.

The processing of a large batch of my time lapse shoots from 2013 is under way. A few were taken at the flight park at point of the mountain above Draper, UT. I’m not sure if these will make it into the final reel, but the stills were fun! The processing of a large batch of my time lapse shoots from 2013 is under way. A few were taken at the flight park at point of the mountain above Draper, UT. I’m not sure if these will make it into the final reel, but the stills were fun!

The processing of a large batch of my time lapse shoots from 2013 is under way. A few were taken at the flight park at point of the mountain above Draper, UT. I’m not sure if these will make it into the final reel, but the stills were fun!

Here on the Winter Solstice I cooked some broccoli leaves that I pulled from the garden before a very hard freeze a few weeks ago. I didn’t have a lot so it was a small batch. One could double or triple the recipe. Good stuff!

2 cups chopped broccoli leaves
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp oil of your choice
1-2 tsp. bacon fat, keep it in the fridge after cooking bacon, it’s gold.
1-2 cups chicken broth

  1. Heat the oil and bacon fat on medium heat in a large sauce pan or skillet.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the leaves and cook for a few minutes until somewhat wilted.
  4. Add the chicken broth, return to simmer, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook 20 minutes, add water as necessary to keep from boiling dry.
  5. Check for desired tenderness after the 20 minute are up and cook longer as needed.

Enjoy! Would’ve taken a photo, but ate it too fast.

It’s time to drag yourself out of bed before dawn and grab a pair of binoculars. At least one comet is near naked-eye visibility while ISON looks to be fizzling. Check here for details on Comet Lovejoy: 

http://comets.skyhound.com/

Also if you have a mobile device or tablet, get Sky Safari to learn the night sky and find all those pesky fuzzballs.

http://www.southernstars.com/index.html

The app has many useful features, I just went to Search, typed in Lovejoy and tapped Center. The object was shown below the horizon so I used the app’s feature that allows you to advance time by minute, hour, etc. This let me pinpoint the time when the object would be over the horizon. Great tools, great views to be had.