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

Dual Lens Smartphone Cameras : When to use which Part 1

Digiscoping moon

The ever-changing landscape of smartphones and their cameras is a confusing one. Some smartphones are still utilizing a single lens camera, but others have expanded into a dual lens and even 3 or 4 lens cameras. Wide-angle, super-wide angle or telephoto? In this 2-part blog post I take a look at the two camera lenses we at Phone Skope have … 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

teaching young marksmanship

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

Remembering Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher’s Digest

If you have been on birding social media this week, no doubt you’ve been reading tributes about Bill Thompson of Bird Watcher’s Digest. Bill was a huge force of enthusiasm and fun in the birding world. He was incredibly generous with his time, advice, music and laughter. He recently lost his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the birding … Read More

PhoneSkope Can Capture More Than Just Birds

Phone Skope Digiscoping Snapping Turtle Head

This may sound scandalous to birders but sometimes you can pay attention to other things besides birds when out on the trail. And I’m going out on a limb here, sometimes it’s even ok to digiscope things besides birds. Case in point, earlier this summer I was scouting for a birding by ear class and came across a female snapping … Read More

Remote Shutter For SmartPhones

Scoping Swans and Ducks

I live in Minnesota which means I both enjoy winter and I feel entitled to complain about it. I enjoy giant piles of snow, though I prefer that it falls on day off or in increments that are small and do not have a huge impact on rush hour traffic, but lead to great snow shoe and ski trails. I … Read More

Always Take Your Scope

I recently returned from a trip to Uganda. Our first full day of birding with Bird Uganda Safaris involved heading out in large canoes with a motor attached so we could look for the elusive shoebill in Mbamba Swamp. Someone said, “I don’t think you need to bring your scope.” I replied, “I never regret bringing my scope, however there … Read More