What good is making a precision rifle video if the viewer can’t see the hits as they are happening? I have been aware of this weakness in our content for some time, but needed to solve the spotting scope problem first.
Now how to connect a camera to the Zeiss spotter?
One of our followers, Mike C. who works for Zeiss, put us in contact with their Sporting Optics people. After a little bit of explanation they explained how best to do it and which vendors made products to do what I wanted.
Ultimately we decided to go with a company out of Oregon called Novagrade. And while I am not a “camera guy”, this thing seems like it is very well made. Which shouldn’t be surprising because the mount is Made in The USA.
The Actual Video Test
So what am I testing here? A few things:
- Does it all work?
- Can you see the targets?
- Will rifle blast shake the camera?
- Will it pick up audio?
- Will tripod fall over?
- Will mount fall off spotter?
- Unknown, unknowns?
Target: Superior Ideas rifle target.
Distance: 471 yards.
Rifle: Blaser R8.
Chassis: GRS Ragnarok
Caliber: 300PRC by J. Sip & Sons.
Conclusion: I got two head shots on video. With no issues. Test is a success.
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