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    Spotting scope phone adapter

    Dose anyone use a spotting scope phone adapter? are any of them good?

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    Yes, and no.

    Or to put it another way, no and yes.

    I've tried a couple of different options but found them all very frustrating and I'm damned if I can get them to work like the guys on TV. What I have noticed is you really cant use them with any kind of phone case fitted and it's just way to hard to remove your phone case every 5 minutes to take a photo. If I had a 3D printer Id make my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by planenutz View Post
    Yes, and no.

    Or to put it another way, no and yes.

    I've tried a couple of different options but found them all very frustrating and I'm damned if I can get them to work like the guys on TV. What I have noticed is you really cant use them with any kind of phone case fitted and it's just way to hard to remove your phone case every 5 minutes to take a photo. If I had a 3D printer Id make my own.
    Design one and ask if anyone does, I don't but know of a couple of printers I might have access to.

    My son used an Aliexpress adapter about 6 years ago seemed to work but as aid without phone case.

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    They can work very well, as testified to by the many amazing pics and videos on the interweb. My very limited experience has been they are finicky and frustrating things to use and as such I would advise against them, especially for any shot you will regret missing, such as a hunt. Rather, think of the other way round option - a hyperzoom compact digital camera and a stable tripod, and use that as a spotter - works far better for recording and depending on your needs, may be good enough as a spotter. Life is all about trade offs though.

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    They've been game changers for us. Early models were a little finicky to get right, and if you've got a big phone like one of the iPhone PLUS models, the weight can make it hard for the camera to sit squarely on the eyepiece, but we've had a lot of success with the newer versions that we use with our main Leupold Santiam spotter. On a still day, the images from the phone are often better than what I can film with my massive zoom lens -
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    What make/model are you using? I have a vortex Razor Iím thinking to get 1 forÖ

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    I've used a Phoneskope on my Samsung s10 for what feels like a few years now. Highly recommend

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotsoup View Post
    I've used a Phoneskope on my Samsung s10 for what feels like a few years now. Highly recommend
    Me too. It works well for video and stills. Avoid buying something cheaper that is generic and fits a number of scopes via adjustment. The Phoneskope are much better.

 

 

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