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Simply put, it is taking photos (still or video)
through your scope with a digital camera. There are a few scopes on the
market with built-in cameras, but their objective lens are on the small
size (55-70mm) as well as megapixels (~5 MP). Improvements will evolve
in the future, but unless you're using your scope primarily for
digiscoping and don't want the hassle of separate components, don't
bother with built-ins.
It is possible to just simply hold your camera up
to the back of your scope and click away. However, depending on what
your photographing, it may be difficult to hold your camera steady
enough to take the shot and it not be blurry. To help with this, there
are mounting brackets to stabilize your camera. They even have ones
that will swing your camera out of the way when you want to look
through the scope without the camera, but then bring it back again for
the shot of a lifetime!.
the following videos below, Clay Taylor, Swarovski Specialist,
describes digiscoping and about the camera adapter you can get for your
On the second video, Clay took a digiscoped video
of an American Kestrel with a Swarovski HD Spotting Scope, DCA adapter
and Pentax DSLR camera: