Phoneskope Review

Last November I purchased a Phoneskope case for my Samsung S10. I was excited to use it with my Diamondback spotting scope. Between winter weather and other craziness going on in the world I hadn’t been able to give it a fair try until now. My goal with this was never to get the DSLR quality images. I like my spotting scope but, I understand the optics are not the best and no where near a camera lens. My goal was to get images that I could show friends what I had seen and to help me identify species.

PhoneSkope on Vortex Diamondback 20-60-80

Ordering on the website was easy. The case consists of two parts, phone case and a adapter for the eyepiece of the scope or other optic. This is not a protective case, it offers little protection to the phone and I had some issues with it interfering with the screen protector. The case is easy to remove and reinstall when you need it. The eyepiece adapter can be a little bulky if you decide to keep the case on permanently but is easily removed from the case. This also means that you can change adapters for other scopes or like myself for binoculars or monocular.

I ordered the case on a Sunday and it arrived at the end of the week. Besides the case and adapter it included a nice draw string bag, a handwritten thank you note and a piece of candy.

How It Works

As I said previously the case is easily installed on the phone. The Phoneskope fits the eyepiece snugly, so you don’t have to hold it, but comes off and on easily. Phoneskope has an app that you can download and offers some additions that your standard camera apps probably do not offer.

This isn’t a complete list but some of the major points that I like.

  • Photo/ video.
  • Stabilization.
  • Timer- one second, three seconds and 10 seconds.
  • Watermark add.
  • Change between camera lens if you have that option with your phone.

My Thoughts

The case works very well and is a quality product and design. As I suspected better optics/ spotting scope would help a lot. Then again I wasn’t looking for contest winning images. I like the video better than the still images.

I am not at all putting my Vortex Diamondback 20-60-80 down, it is a great scope for the price and I love it.

Images turn out the best in bright Sun light but then it’s difficult to see focus. Having a jacket or something to place over my head to block the light would help.

Low power on the scope works the best for images, higher power is more distorted.

If your looking to have images to share with friends at a low cost, this is a great option.