Phone Skope Gear for Digiscoping Birds

Sarah Clark

Posted on June 29 2021

This article by Kiara Neilsen, Phone Skope's Birding Liason, first appeared in Redstart Birding's 2021 Optics Guide. Download the full guide here.

I love being in nature and getting the chance not only to see but capture pictures of unique and rare birds. It is a beautiful opportunity to take advantage of all the outdoors have to offer, especially now that we are embarking on spring and can escape the house again. However, nothing is worse than setting out on a birding adventure and being weighed down with a spotting scope or binoculars and a camera with a huge telephoto lens. Add to that tripods and bags for carrying those things and your accessories, and you practically need to be a bodybuilder to handle it all.

Your New Favorite Bird-Watching Tool

I’m a petite woman, and I don’t get very far when trying to juggle multiple pieces of equipment. Plus, it only makes it more challenging to set up and quickly capture a picture of a bird. We all know birds don’t listen well, even when you politely ask them to hang out for a minute while you get your camera set up just right.

Now imagine a trip with only your optic, tripod, and cell phone. You are light and free and still able to capture the birds in all their glory. Phone Skope is the key to your happiness and awesome birding photos and memories. If you can take a picture on your cell phone, you’re ready for digiscoping with Phone Skope. Simply put your cell phone in your custom Phone Skope case, lock in your optic ring adapter specific to your optic, slide those onto the eyepiece of your scope or bins, and you are digiscoping to your heart’s content. Now you’re getting the photos you thought were only possible in those fancy outdoor magazines, without all the fuss or fancy equipment. This setup has been a game-changer for me.

History of Phone Skope

Phone Skope started as a father and son team who wanted a better way to digiscope. They enjoyed the outdoors together and wanted to capture what they were seeing and share it with others. They tried large camera setups, but they weren’t conducive to hiking long distances. They then tried holding a point-and-shoot camera up to the eyepiece of their spotting scope, but we all know the level of skill necessary to keep that still is beyond even the most practiced heart surgeon. So they decided to come up with a tool to attach their cell phones onto their optic eyepiece in a quick and simple way. Enter the first version of a Phone Skope.

Since 2011, the Phone Skope has gone through several redesigns, but we have stayed true to the original goal of helping our users get the best photos with what is most accessible. Cell phone technology has come a long way, and the cameras in our phones are getting better and better every year. The evolution of Phone Skope has followed the same path. Simple, quick, solid, and convenient are all goals we aim for with every product we build and sell.

Setting Up Your Phone Skope Rig

The setup is simple. Like I mentioned before, we’ve built a two-piece system to marry your optic to your cell phone. We’ve made sure the process of picking out your perfect Phone Skope setup is just as easy as it is to use. The first step is to figure out the type of phone you want to use the Phone Skope with and choose that case. The next is to figure out the make and model of your optic, whether it be a spotting scope, binoculars, or both; really, any optic with an eyepiece that you’d want to take a picture through will work with our system. Then you decide if you need any accessories. I always suggest the Bluetooth shutter button. With that, I can take pictures without touching my phone. No shaky videos or blurry photos for me! And that’s it. The last step is to order it all and wait for it to arrive.

Put together your Phone Skope digiscoping rigSo, leave the workout at the gym. Get yourself a Phone Skope setup, and never worry about missing an excellent birding shot ever again. It’s as quick and convenient as they come, and you can even use our latest phone cases as an everyday case. If you’ve ever wondered if you can digiscope, stop asking and just try it. You won’t regret your decision.

And we’ve got you covered with a 100% money-back guarantee. If it breaks or it’s just not your cup of tea, we’ll make sure you’re satisfied.

Digiscoping is the best and quickest way to capture, record, and share all of your greatest birding moments.

Have any questions? Want to talk to a Redstart Birding representative? Give us a call at 833-262-1568 or email sales@redstartbirding.com to get started.

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