First run with the PhoneSkope Smartphone Universal Adapter

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by Cloe Lake in Bells Mills, PA to look for waterfowl. I’ve never had luck at this small man-made lake, but I gave it a shot. Plus, I wanted to try out my new PhoneSkope Universal Adapter.

PhoneSkope Universal Adapter with Samsung Stratosphere and Vortex Skyline 80.

The universal adapter was extremely easy to install as I only needed a Samsung Stratosphere case, J-B  KwikWeld, electrical tape, and sandpaper. It took fifteen minutes to put the universal adapter together, but I let it set overnight to insure maximum strength and stability.

Phone Skope adapter on a Samsung Stratosphere Smartphone

PhoneSkope Universal Adapter with Samsung Stratosphere and Vortex Skyline 80.

PhoneSkope Universal Adapter with Samsung Stratosphere and Vortex Skyline 80.

There wasn’t a whole lot of waterfowl action on the lake, but there were three species present including three Pied-billed Grebes, one Ruddy Duck, and one Lesser Scaup. The grebes and scaup were new additions to my county list. The Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck were relatively close, so I figured they would make good candidates for field testing the new PhoneSkope adapter.

With a moderate wind coming across the surface of the lake, “phoneskoping” was rather difficult as the birds were constantly moving. The Ruddy Duck proved to be more difficult to photograph than the scaup as it would dive continually. I focused my time on the Lesser Scaup and obtained the following images.

Overall, the first field test using the PhoneSkope Smartphone Universal Adapter was a success and left me satisfied. The adapter is easy to attach to my Vortex Skyline 80 spotting scope and was no trouble to use. PhoneSkope makes custom adapters for almost any combination of smartphone and spotting scope. Make sure to check them out on their website, FacebookTwitter, and YouTube for more information.

All photos were taken using the PhoneSkope Universal Adapter, Samsung Stratosphere, and Vortex Skyline 80 Spotting Scope.

*PhoneSkope kindly provided me with a universal adapter to use in the field.