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#200443 - 03/19/18 12:21 PM Anyone tried out Phoneskopes?
willie1280 Offline
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Headed to Alaska this fall and thinking about taking my Vortex binoculars. Since i'll have my phone anyways for photos i was wondering if i could gain more use by purchasing a Phoneskope so i can use my binoculars for added distance.

Anyone here ever use them? Pictures you can share?

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#200990 - 05/15/18 04:39 PM Re: Anyone tried out Phoneskopes? [Re: willie1280]
DustinV Online   content
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I used to watch a family of coyotes raising puppies in the gulch behind my house (Coyote Gulch -- makes sense) with a spotting scope. I wanted to take some pictures of the puppies, so I first tried just holding the phone lens against the eyepiece, which was not easy at all. Very difficult to brace the phone and keep it straight and centered. I took a look at a few of these types of phone mounts (and the prices) and decided to try cutting a squared notch out of the cheap lens cap that came with the scope, since replacing it would only be a buck or so. Not really much to lose if I messed it up.

My cap modification made it easier to brace the phone and I got pics that were recognizable as puppies. It doesn't work very well, but well enough for my purposes.

A mount like one of those looks like it would be really nice, but be aware that the zoom on a phone is a digital zoom. It will get noticeably more grainy as you zoom in. But more than just added distance, having a mount like this would make it easier to take pictures/videos and show a group of people what you're seeing. Let us know how it works if you do decide to pick one up!

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