Looking about seven miles away at Thompson Peak (on the horizon) through a Swarovski STX 85mm spotting scope. Using the Digidapter from The Outdoorsmans and my Apple iPhone 4S attached to the eyepiece I took very good still pictures and video of the radio towers (see them on the iPhone screen) that sit on the summit. Very cool.
I am not a huge fan of spotting scopes. Never have been. It isn’t because they aren’t useful because they absolutely are for some things. It is mostly because I don’t like looking through one eye while trying to keep the other one closed or covered. It just isn’t comfortable for me which is why I like the big Kowa Highlander Prominar binoculars so much for long distances.
However, the new Swarovski modular spotting scopes with their big beautiful eyepieces and objectives are pretty damn good. Awesome is actually a better description. And just for the record, I am a straight tube guy all the way. Add the new Digidapter from The Outdoorsmans to an iPhone and you really have something special. Easy to use, simple to set up, light weight, and it works like a freaking charm.
This months full moon taken with a cell phone through a spotting scope via the Digidapter. Pretty impressive don’t you think.
UPDATE WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Want to capture what you see in your binos or spotter? Here is what you need; a smartphone (I am using an iPhone 4S), a Digidapter from The Outdoorsmans, a smartphone case to attach the Digidapter to or you can purchase a fully assembled one from The Outdoorsmans, the appropriately sized adapter ring for the optics you are using, and the spotting scope or binoculars of your choice (I am using the most excellent Swarovski STX 85mm spotting scope).
All the components you need to digiscope easily and effectively with a smartphone. Note that I am using a phone case (on the left) with the Digidapter already attached by The Outdoorsmans but you could buy the Digidapter by itself and attach it to the smartphone case of your choice.
The smartphone case with Digidapter plate attached and sized ring screwed on are coupled with an iPhone. It is now ready to go on the spotting scope.
The Digidapter equipped iPhone is designed to slide straight onto the spotting scope eyepiece. No need to screw it on, just push it on and pull it off. The aluminum rings are perfectly sized for your optics to fit just right.
The Digidapter equipped iPhone is seated on the eyepiece of the spotting scope and ready to use. It goes on and comes off easily and quickly but sits securely on the eyepiece. Don’t let the eyepiece cover on the left confuse you, I really should have removed it from the spotting scope and taken it out of the picture altogether for clarity but I didn’t think that far ahead.
Ready to take still pictures or videos in portrait orientation…
or landscape and it is easy to change from one to the other. All you have to do is rotate it up or down.
Here is the same set up for a set of Swarovski Swarovision EL 12×50 binoculars. Although these require a separate and different sized adapter ring (they have a number of different sized rings to go on the Digidapter for various optics) it works just as well and is just as easy to use.
The Digidapter is elegantly simple to use. It goes on easily and quickly, it stays put, and it works very well meaning it allows you to take great pictures using gear you are already carrying. And the wonderful features of the iPhone let you share it all with friends or post to Youtube for the world to see instantly. You really have to marvel at what technology allows us to do now.
The Digidapter is the slickest system I have seen yet for digiscoping with binoculars and spotting scopes. Furthermore, it is very light and compact so it is tailor made for the Hardcore Outdoorsman but that really shouldn’t surprise anybody. All of the products from The Outdoorsmans are born on the side of a mountain while doing the kinds of things we like to do. The company is run by hunters producing well thought out, high quality innovations that solve problems and make life in the field easier or more productive for other hunters. The Digidapter is an outstanding example of their practical can do approach to how they run their business and serve their customers. Well done guys.
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