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Phone Skope Digiscoping Tips – Digiscoping with Binoculars Part 1

Folks often think that digiscoping can only be done with a spotting scope, but you can also digiscope with binoculars! I like to call this “digibinning.” Digibinning is super easy to do with your smartphone using a Phone Skope Adapter. All of our kits are two-piece, a phone-specific case and a optic adapter, which is either optic-specific or universal. In the video below, Cheston shows you how to hook a phone up to a pair of Vortex Viper binoculars using the Phone Skope iPhone 6 Plus Phone Case and U-1 Mini Universal Optic Adapter. This setup is extremely easy to use in the field and takes seconds to attach to binoculars.

How does the system work?

Here are the steps you should take to successfully take pictures through your binoculars with your phone.

  1. Put your phone into the Phone Skope Phone-specific Phone Case
  2. Adjust the diameter of the U-1 Mini Universal Optic Adapter to the size of your binocular eyecup
  3. Lock the U-1 Mini Universal Optic Adapter into the Phone Skope Phone Case
  4. Twist the eyecup out on the binocular
  5. Slide the system over the eyecup
  6. Start taking pictures or video

What can you digiscope through binoculars?

Anything! Anything you see through your binoculars can be captured on your phone by using a Phone Skope Adapter. The Phone Skope makes it easy to take pictures through binoculars by centering the phone camera lens on the optic.

Where can I buy one?

You can purchase a Phone Skope through our online store or at a dealer near you. Please see our Dealer Locator and we urge you to call a dealer first to see if they have the items you need in stock.

Where can I share my photos?

Share your pictures and videos with us on social media with the tag #phoneskope! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!

Video – May 2015 Birding Highlights

I started out the month of May scouting for the 9th Annual Delaware Bird-a-thon. My team, the BirdsEye Birders, competed in the County Challenge, where we set out on May 3rd to try and find as may species as possible within the boundaries of New Castle County. The results are not in yet, but we tallied 139 species in 24 hours and raised $500! After the bird-a-thon, warbler migration peaked, then shorebirds followed soon after. I also had to deal with finals, wrapping up the semester, and giving two talks, one in the middle of May and a digiscoping talk at the end of the month. In between, I birded as much as I could in White Clay Creek State Park, Middle Run Natural Area, and Port Penn Impoundments in search of new additions to my New Castle County year list! Overall, I submitted 56 eBird checklists and tallied 181 species. I compiled a video of highlights from the month of May that I shot with a iPhone 5c + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter. Enjoy and bird on!

Note: Be sure to watch on 1080p for best quality!