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Does anyone know if there is an adapter available to hook a camera to a Pentax pf 80eda spotting scope?  I have a Kodak Z7590 camera and a PF80EDA scope.  I am new to this so sorry if it is a dumb question.
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There is an adapter. You will have to use google to find it. 
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I talked to a Pentax Rep yesterday at our Grand Opening and she told me the adapter only works with Pentax cameras!  I know, sometimes these "reps" don't know everything they should about the products they are representing, so you should continue to check around....... but she did seem pretty sure.

 

This is what it says in the Brochure she gave me:

 

"Pentax offers two optins for adapting a camera to a spotting scope.  The PF-CA35 Adapter allows any PENTAX bayonet mount camera, including our digital SLRs, to be mounted to the spotting scopes.  The PF-DS1 Adapter allows any Optio S series of digital camera to be mounted to a spotting scope with a fixed PENTAX eyepiece."

 

Good Luck!

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Tip69's comments are spot on. I would advise against using the Pentax adapter's with their scopes for two reasons. One, it limits your choices in terms of which cameras you can utilize and, two, the price. They are fairly expensive adapters.

 

I would suggest utilizing a Universal Digiscoping Adapter to mount your Kodak to the Pentax 65 or 80 mm ED scopes. It basically is a platform mount that attaches to the scope's eyepiece. There are two sizes available to cover both the extra large Pentax XW eyepieces and the regular astronomical or XF series eyepieces. A quick google search should turn up some places that sell them. I bought each of mine from two different online vendors. I would check SWFA first but if they do not carry them then PM me and I will give you the info.

 

I birdwatch as well as hunt with my optics and took some pics yesterday with my Casio "point and shoot" digital camera hooked up to my Pentax 65 mm ED scope with the Universal Digiscoping adaptor. The bird was about 70 yards away and in poor lighting.

 

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