WHITSTABLE, KENT I expect good quality.
- We live in Whitstable overlooking the Thames estuary. The Hawke spotting scope gives good quite good images of ships at sea and also of the coast of the Isle of Sheppey some three miles away. Also good for wildlife in the garden. It is light and very portable.
Build quality is good, except for digiscoping adaptor which was a separate purchase.
- I was given the Hawke digiscope adaptor, as a present, to use with my Nikon DSLR’s. The results are poor. There is no means of centring the adaptor, it really needs another two bolts, which Hawke provided when requested. Even then the image was degraded by serious colour fringing on high contrast edges and at all magnifications in the 15-45 range.
I asked Hawke if things would be improved by using a fixed focal length eyepiece and was surprised to learn that non was available. So far I have been unable to source any fixed focus eyepiece with the M37 x 0.75 Hawke thread. It seems digiscoping is a non starter. Very disappointing!
I wish that I had done more homework before making the purchase. Had I spent another £200 I am sure that I could have bought better.
Hawke told me that “the spotting scope is intended to be used as a spotting scope first and as a digiscope only a distant second”. That sums up the situation well. They don’t put that in their literature! Caveat emptor!
Published on: 02 July 2020