They say the best camera around is the camera you have. This day and age we all have a perfectly good camera in our pocket or bag. In some cases the cameras can fall short when trying to capture the moment from far away. Say you are at a sporting event, in the great outdoors or watching your son or daughter perform on stage. Using the standard zoom on the camera works but not as well as you would expect. Using a phone scope is a better solution to capture more with your smart phone.
I have found the solution. Using an optic such as a binocular, telescope or spotting scope; you are able to magnify your experience using the Phone Skope. This device aligns your smartphone camera perfectly. Your phone fits into a specifically designed case/bracket that has a adapter plate that acts as a receiver on the backside of the Phone Skope case. This adapter plate accepts an optic adapter that fits on to your optic eyepiece perfectly. This combination allows you to get closer to the moment without interfering with what is happening around you.
Phone scope or phone scoping is a relatively new idea but with the constant improvement of smartphone cameras and precisely designed Phone Skope attachments, it is catching on like wildfire. Phone Skope is a company based in Southern, Utah that has been building precise phone scope equipment for over 6 years. The products range from Universal attachments, specific fitting adapters for your phone and optics and a wide variety of accessories.
Universal phone scope attachments from Phone Skope work well if you plan to use multiple phones or optics. The Universal phone adapter, also known as the “Lollipop,” allows you to fit various sized phones and adjust the adapter plate to different camera locations. It will also accommodate most phones in protective cases, even the larger phones like iPhone Xs Max, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus and also the larger Android smartphones on the market.
If you are planning to phone scope with different types of optics, you may consider Phone Skope’s Universal optic adapters. Phone Skope has two different sizes that will fit 90% of the optics on the market. The Phone Skope U1 Mini fits optic eyepieces ranging in size from 1.20” to 1.80”. This adapter will most binoculars, microscopes and smaller spotting scopes on the market. Phone Skope’s U2 Universal optic adapter is designed for optics with larger eyepieces like the latest spotting scopes and telescopes on the market with eyepieces ranging in size from 1.70” up to 2.25”.
In the event you plan to use 1 specific phone and optic for phone scoping, Phone Skope also offers a full lineup of specific fitting adapters that service hundreds of optics and smartphones. When I phone scope I prefer to use the specific fitting adapters from Phone Skope. The reason being they are fit specifically to my smartphone and optics which allow me to take capture more in a matter of seconds. I have used the Universal attachments in the past and they work great as well. The only downside is that you are spending 10-15 more seconds to align everything properly, not a big deal but worth mentioning. No matter which method of phone scoping you prefer, either the Universal or specific fitting will meet your needs.
Beyond Basic Digiscoping
Going beyond the basics of phone scoping, Phone Skope has a full lineup of accessories that will enhance your phone scope experience. My personal favorite is the Phone Skope Bluetooth Shutter Remote. This small device allows you to trigger your smartphone camera wirelessly via bluetooth. You will not have to tap the screen to trigger the camera which results in crisp, clean images every time. When I am not phone scoping, I have also found the Bluetooth Shutter Button to be helpful when capturing self-portraits. No longer do you need to use the built in timer and run back to get in the picture, just smile and press the button. Along with the Bluetooth Shutter Remote, Phone Skope offers a tripod mount for your phone, attachment loops that allow you to easily tether your binoculars or camera, binocular or camera harness that take the strain off your neck and much more.
The best place to find premium phone scope products is through our builder. Their intuitive website and online support will help you gather the items you need and get them to your doorstep as soon as possible. If you prefer to work through the site yourself, the “Build Your Kit” option takes you step-by-step selecting the phone and optic you plan to use. At this point I would suggest you check out Phone Skope’s apparel line and always expanding accessories page to ensure you are well outfitted.
I can only imagine the ability to phone scope will continue to improve and Phone Skope is on the cutting edge. A lifetime, no-fault warranty and friendly service ensures they will be a staple in phone scoping and digiscoping a like.