THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT – – A nature friendly adapter and apps for your iPhone

February 16, 2013 7:19 am Published by 3 Comments


If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, the camera in your pocket just got completely awesome.     The new Kowa iPhone digiscoping Adapter TSN-IP4S takes using your binoculars or spotting scope to a new level of usefulness.     There are a number of great features that make this little gadget something to     take on your Presque Isle walk.   One of the more important to most is the price.   This adapter is available from a number of dealers, such as B & H, Eagle Optic and Amazon.    Each of these prices the item, which contains two eyepiece/ocular attachments and a special iPhone cradle, for less than $60.00.

When the iPhone is combined with a tried-and-true Kowa set of binoculars or high-performance Kowa spotting scope, the possibilities become endless.    The eyepiece attachments are the industry standard 41mm and 56mm.    There also additional  adapters (sold separately) which will fit Swarovski ATS/STS zoom eyepieces, Vortex Razor HD Zoom eyepieces and both Zeiss 15-45x and 20-60x zoom eyepieces.    What this means is that you should be able to find a fit for most quality scopes or binoculars.  Kowa will have an iPhone 5 adapter available soon.

Once your iPhone is seated in the cradle and the eyepiece/ocular attachment is connected, the iPhone lens will perfectly align with the transmitted image from your optics.  You then can use your iPhone to capture or you can instantly photograph, record (Video), and share your view of that elusive bird, butterfly, or animal.

Now with the wide-range of third party apps for the iPhone, you will have many more opportunities for taking and editing both photos and videos right in your phone.    Two that I have heard about are FiMiC Pro video app and SloPro App for slow motion video.   These apps do everything right within the phone.    The more I use the NEW phones, the more I view them as small very sophisticated computers.

                The cradle is made of an epoxy resin material so that it will not damage your iPhone.   The adapter rings are aluminum, but lined with a soft material that will not damage the eyecups of scopes or binoculars.     Just think about it, you can take that once in a life to Facebook or Flickr right from Presque Isle.

Now a short and quick change of topics – – a number of readers have asked if I am switching to a once a week blog.   The answer is no.

For the last six weeks I have doing only a weekly blog because I am in the final process of editing, choosing photographs, and submitting my newest book to the publisher.     That should be done by the time you read this, and then it’s back to twice a week for the blog.


See you on the park!!


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