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

Prepare For An Elk Hunt by Tanner Kochevar

Prepare for an elk hunt

There are many styles of elk hunting and even more ways to get an elk on the ground and into your freezer. Whether you are hunting 5 miles or 500 yards from a road, “the elk are where you find them.” How you prepare for an elk hunt can make or break your hunt and experience. Prepare For An Elk Hunt … Read More

Trail Camera Tricks and Tips from Tanner Kochevar

Travis Kochevar Checking Trail Cameras in Utah

Thank goodness we are no longer standing in a Walmart waiting for our 35mm pictures to develop. 12 years ago, I remember talking to the lady behind the counter at the photo section. She looked at my brother and me and said, “How’d you get so close to that bear?” We couldn’t believe it! The first time we had a … Read More