Nikon 1 digiscope

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Ever feel like the size disparity between your camera and lens just wasn’t big enough? How about taking one of the smaller interchangeable-lens compacts available — the Nikon 1 series — and strapping a telescope to it? Thanks to a newly announced digiscoping adapter from Nikon, you’ll be able to do exactly that.

It’s easy to forget that Nikon does a lot more optics than just for cameras, and make some pretty fantastic telescopes. Two new products will allow the different branches of Nikon products to play together happily. The Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 will attach directly to the lens mount in the camera, essentially converting the telescope into a lens for the 1 Series camera — even allowing you to shoot aperture priority mode. If that’s not enough for you, the Digiscoping Bracket DSB-N1 allows you to leave a normal lens on the camera, but still take photos through a Nikon Fieldscope.

Unfortunately, we haven’t heard when these will land, or how much they’ll cost. Hopefully, you’ll be able to pick one up for a birding trip in the near future.