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Old 05-03-2019, 9:27 PM
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Default Filming Video through Spotting Scope

Will be going on a NorCal Ground Squirrel vaporizing vacation next month and I'd like to film some 40grain V-Max action! Actually just ordered a $250 Canon Vixia HD Camcorder from Costco but am thinking of returning it as I don't think it would get much use otherwise. I'm thinking spending the $ on a good Spotting Scope makes much better sense.

In looking at Spotting Scopes, I saw Vortex includes a gadget with some of their scopes called the Phone Skope. It allows one to attach a Smartphone to a spotting or rifle scope and use the phones camera to record video or take photos. Quality of the video would depend greatly on both the scope and the phone's camera. So, does anyone have experience with this Phone Skope adapter?

On a spotting scope in the $500 range, what is there worth considering besides the Vortex Diamondback? My use besides this search & destroy mission would be for range use out to 600-800yds max, looking at wildlife, in hot neighbors windows, etc.
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Old 05-03-2019, 9:58 PM
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If you are attaching a smart phone to the eyepiece, I'd get a straight spotting scope because the angled ones make it hard for the phone adapters to stay still, as they have a tendency to drift downward with gravity.
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Phone Skope works really well with Vortex scope. I use Razor scope. If you have a latest phone with dual camera lens, the adapter allows you to select the telephoto lens, which effectively doubles scope’s focal length and uses the center sweet spot of the scope to produce sharper image. You should have no problem recording bullet mirage.


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Old 05-03-2019, 11:12 PM
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Yeah, the camera on my crappy Windows phone sucks so I'd need to buy something used with a much better camera or maybe a GoPro Hero 4/5.
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