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

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter

Phone Skope’s brand new Samsung Galaxy S9+ Digiscoping Adapter is now available. This case is dual purpose, serving as a digiscoping adapter and every day phone case at the same time. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ Phone Case is designed and manufactured in the USA and works with all existing Phone Skope Optic Adapters. Here’s how the case works. Step-by-step Put … Read More

Blizzard Birding

Sharp tail grouse digiscope

It’s April. It’s Year of the Bird. I made so many plans to really enjoy the birds in my home state this spring. Normally in spring, I’m gone almost the whole season enjoying migratory birds in other states or countries. This was my year to bird the crap out of Minnesota! And April in Minnesota did what April does sometimes. … Read More

Stop Phone Batteries Dying in the Cold

Digiscoping Common Redpoll

Common redpolls chowing down on thistle at a bird feeder. Ah winter! Where I live it can bring a host of species we can’t see any other time of year like snowy owls and redpolls. There’s a famous birding destination in Minnesota called Sax Zim Bog. This top winter destination, which hosts a bird festival every February is popular because it’s … Read More

Resolutions – What are your Birding Goals for 2018?

Binocular and Scope spotting

What are your birding resolutions for 2018? Since it is the time of year when people set resolutions, I was thinking about what some of my birding goals and resolutions might be for the next year. I’m happiest when I’m outdoors and getting a great shot of a bird. I had some great trips this year but didn’t feel like … Read More

It’s Christmas Bird Count Time!

Birdwatching at Coldwater

It’s that special time of year when National Audubon rallies birders all over North America to track winter bird populations with the Christmas Bird Count. These events are so popular with local Audubon chapters. The end of the day is usually capped off with a celebratory gathering at a bar or pot luck. If you’ve never participated in one, it’s … Read More

The Birdchick – Digiscoping Tips for Beginners

Digiscoping a Hummingbird

Digiscoping Tips Sharon Stiteler One of the big complaints I hear from people about digiscoping is how awful their photos look. My first question is always, “How many photos have you taken?” “Oh, maybe sixteen or twenty,” is the usual answer. That’s not nearly enough. For every great photo you see online or in print, there are anywhere from 20 … Read More

Phone Skope Digiscoping Tips – What should you do with your optic adapter?

We get asked this question frequently. “What should I do with my optic adapter?” The Phone Skope is a two-piece system, a phone case and a optic adapter. The phone case is always on your phone and the optic adapter locks into the phone case. For spotting scopes, the optic adapters are bigger, so they do not always fit in … Read More

Warbler Guide App for Android Devices

Phoneskope Warbler Bird Spotting Guide

I have used the Warbler Guide App for iOS for over a year now and am in love with the function and content of the app, so I was excited to see that the app is now available to Android users! Here’s more from Princeton University Press: Introduction to the Warbler Guide App (Version 1.1) from Princeton University Press on … Read More

iPhone 6 Plus Field Test

I decided to try something different in this blog post. I just finished up my first round of field testing with a iPhone 6 Plus. I used it in a variety of situations and lighting conditions and on two different spotting scopes via a Phone Skope smartphone digiscoping adapter – Celestron Regal M2 80ED and a Vortex Razor HD 20-60×85. Check out the story I … Read More