Join us in the fight against the Coronavirus

Let’s face it, Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. From social distancing to worrying about the health of our loved ones, to the severe drought of toilet paper, it’s been a scary time. Skoped Industries is not immune to the chaos, but we are doing all we can to keep productions running as normal. We have been blessed that … Read More

How to Conserve Your Phone Battery

Phoneskope how to digiscope for birds

Phone batteries have come a long way in the last few years. It has become one of the top things to consider when looking at a new smartphone. It is also a highlighted selling point for phone manufacturers when they are introducing a new model of smartphone. In our experience Phone Skoping throughout the years, we have seen the batteries … Read More

Dual-Lens Smartphone Cameras, Part 2 : A Closer Look at the 2x Lens

  Welcome to part 2 of the Dual-Lens smartphone camera breakdown. If you caught part 1, you know we discussed the benefits of the wide-angle lens and when it is best used. We also touched on the upside and downside of each lens. In this post we are going to take a closer look at the telephoto lens (Pun very … Read More

Wildlife Watching Tools of the Trade, Safety and Ethics 

Phone Skope Scoping at the Grand Tetons

  In our “Secrets to Successful Wildlife Watching in Grand Teton and Yellowstone” post we outlined Wildlife Watching through the seasons.  Now let’s look at what you need to have the best experience possible.   Tools of the Trade Optics – Yellowstone is a vast landscape, meaning optics are invaluable for spotting and observing wildlife.  We use Lander, WY based Maven … Read More

Helping New & Young Marksman

A little left… Now up… Perfect, now squeeze the trigger. BANG! Learning to shoot a rifle can be an intimidating task to most folks and especially younger kids looking to get into the sport. It can also be tedious trying to teach a new shooter how to hold the rifle, to breath, proper trigger pull, and above all that, hit … Read More

What is Digiscoping Photography?

What is Digiscoping Photography Phone Skope

Digiscoping Photography Lets start with Digiscoping: Digiscoping means to use a digital camera (like the one on your smart phone) to snap images at a distance with an optical telescope (spotting scope, telescope, rifle scope, binoculars, etc.) Digiscoping photography, also called spotting scope photography, is simply the act or process of taking pictures with your digital camera, through the lens … Read More

Year of the Bird

I drove through downtown St. Paul today, it was sunny and beautiful. Two adult bald eagles soared overhead, cruising the Mississippi River for ducks and fish between the chunks of ice. Without thinking, I mumbled to myself, “Good morning, Sky Carp.” In the Twin Cities metro area, bald eagles are almost as common as crows, they nest in downtown Minneapolis … Read More

Phone Skope Digiscoping Tips – Using Autofocus for Sharper Photos and Videos

The Problem Using your smartphone for digiscoping can be fun and rewarding, but also challenging. One of the the more challenging aspects is locking the exposure and focus in on the subject you’re photographing. If your subject is not in focus, the resulting video or picture can be undesirable. Therefore, figuring out a way to optimize your settings is essential for … Read More