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What is Phonescopeing?
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Over the last few decades Digiscoping has rocketed on to the birding and wildlife photography scene, opening up bird and wildlife photography to all who wanted it.
Add to this the unrelenting advance in digital camera and smartphone technology and frankly Phonescoping was an inevitable advancement that is unlikely to go away. Many birders carry a scope and if not certainly binoculars, equally few these days are dispelling the urge to carry a smartphone.
Put the two together and good quality photographs and full HD videos at high magnifications are just a few short steps away, with very little effort or outlay.

Coupled with an explosive rise in social media, blogging and the unstoppable force of the internet, birders can instantly share top notch pictures and HD videos with friends or can confirm identification of rarities before you can say Blue-cheeked Bee-eater.

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) Phonescoping with a Swarovski ATS 65 Birders telescope a Novagrade Phonescoping adapter and an Apple Iphone6.

This website aims to promote phonescoping as a straight forward method of easily recording what are often good quality images and record shots of birds and wildlife, with your mobile phone. It will offer advice on phonescoping technique and reviews of useful phonescoping products.

European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) Phonescoping with a Swarovski ATS 65 Birders telescope a Novagrade Phonescoping adapter and an Apple Iphone6.

All pictures and video on this site are
taken using a mobile phone

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) Phonescoped with a
Swarovski ATS 65 Birders telescope a Novagrade Phonescoping adapter and an Apple Iphone6.

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Phonescoping is not just useful for bird photography. Phonescoping is a useful photography technique that can help you capture images of a variety of wildlife from Deer to Butterflies.

Heath spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) taken with an Iphone6

A screenshot from the Kowa Phonescoping app, showing some of the features and layout.Though in all honesty I don't feel it has much more to offer for phonescoping than the generic camera phone apps, though the quick double tap to zoom up and check scope focus is nice, and it is kept simple and user friendly.

A screenshot from the Camera+ smartphone camera app, showing some of the features and layout.
Phonescoping tips and tricks

Perhaps the best advice I could give you regarding phonescoping technique is to use an adapter. Sporadically reasonable results can be achieved hand holding the phone up to the eyepiece but particular if you intend to use your mobile phone and the telescope to take high-definition video, an adapter is an additional piece of kit well worth having to avoid camera shake and the resulting shaky video.

When it comes to a mobile phone settings on a camera phone things are fairly generic, unlike with the assortment of compact cameras used for digiscoping. There's not a great deal that can be changed. This puts phonescoping within the reach of everybody with a smartphone, even those who do not consider themselves photographers.

In the standard camera phone photography apps like camera+ it is usually possible to change the exposure and the point of autofocus and to take a burst of images.

Camera phone software apps are also likely to enable you to do a little processing, simple brightness and contrast adjustments along with cropping to enlarge or to remove vignetting. You will need little more than this. One or two apps are available badged as phonescoping or digiscoping apps and one of these is available from the well-known telescope manufacture Kowa.