Finally a Truly Universal Digiscope Adapter

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Any input on single vs. double gripper? Sorry if this was asked earlier, just curious on pros and cons, weight/price, etc.
Most of the other reviews are linked in my article. I'd say it depends what most important to you in your digiscope setup. The double gripper is rock solid at a bit more wieght and a bit more space in the pack. I'm currently trying it out with just the single gripper, it's a bit less cumbersome and easier to get the phone in and out - down side is it doesn't hold as securely but it is quick to make minor adjustments and get the camera back centered.

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@realunlucky. If you were going to buy one, using it almost exclusively with an IPhone X, would you feel the need for the double? Going to sit on a spotter, with perhaps some occasional 12X50 use.
 
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@realunlucky. If you were going to buy one, using it almost exclusively with an IPhone X, would you feel the need for the double? Going to sit on a spotter, with perhaps some occasional 12X50 use.
You would be fine with the single. Basically the Novagrade has a tab that rotates to align the camera horizontal and the gripper does the alignment vertically and holds it steady. Where you position the single gripper on your phone makes a difference in ease of use.

The double gripper basically keeps your phone from being able to rotate slightly. If there is rotation it's slight and you can quick easily adjust phone with a push of a finger.

If I going to leave my phone in the adapter because I was taking a bunch of photos and setting up my digiscope in a hurry I'd use the double. The single is faster getting the phone in and out but might need a slight adjustment to perfectly center camera.

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Still carrying the novagrade, and still enjoying capturing and sharing these moments.


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Havent tried the Novagrade. Im sure it is built and works well but 9.3 oz seems pretty heavy to me for an adapter. I find myself tracking every ounce for high country hunting, especially the older I get.

I use the "Tines Up PhoneCam"

PhoneCam is a universal adapter that will fit most any modern spotting scope eyepiece. No parts to change out to get a good fit so it can be adapted to different optics much faster. Has nice clicks that feel like a scope turret when adjusting. Nice and light too. Heres a link if interested.

 
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Havent tried the Novagrade. Im sure it is built and works well but 9.3 oz seems pretty heavy to me for an adapter. I find myself tracking every ounce for high country hunting, especially the older I get.

I use the "Tines Up PhoneCam"

PhoneCam is a universal adapter that will fit most any modern spotting scope eyepiece. No parts to change out to get a good fit so it can be adapted to different optics much faster. Has nice clicks that feel like a scope turret when adjusting. Nice and light too. Heres a link if interested.

Plenty of ways to skin the digi scoping cat out there now days. More choices if your completely set on which optic and phone you want use, fewer if want any phone any optic. My buddy has the original tines up with the aluminum eye piece cup that fits his Swarovski, it's much lighter then their current fits all adapter, a nice setup. It won't work if he changes either of his components though. Even thier new fits all adapter requires a glued on threaded ring, changing phones requires a new ring glued on. Also when comparing the adapter rings Novagrade uses a full compression ring while tines up uses four clamping tab setup. You can also lighten up the novagrade by using a single gripper instead of two, which was pointed out in the linked review article. I like the ability of my hunting partner or wife and kids to swap thier phone in there and take the pictures they want to share and then I can quickly swap it back to my phone. I know I'll change phones at some point in the future and possibly switch to a different scope too.

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Plenty of ways to skin the digi scoping cat out there now days. More choices if your completely set on which optic and phone you want use, fewer if want any phone any optic. My buddy has the original tines up with the aluminum eye piece cup that fits his Swarovski, it's much lighter then their current fits all adapter, a nice setup. It won't work if he changes either of his components though. Even thier new fits all adapter requires a glued on threaded ring, changing phones requires a new ring glued on. Also when comparing the adapter rings Novagrade uses a full compression ring while tines up uses four clamping tab setup. You can also lighten up the novagrade by using a single gripper instead of two, which was pointed out in the linked review article. I like the ability of my hunting partner or wife and kids to swap thier phone in there and take the pictures they want to share and then I can quickly swap it back to my phone. I know I'll change phones at some point in the future and possibly switch to a different scope too.

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Good points. I just finally swapped out my old Samsung S5 for a new Note 9 this year so I dont change phones very often. The Novagrade is definitely more universal for using different phones. No issue with the new aluminum Tines Up grabbing the eyepiece. A lot of good options out there. As long as we can get a good picture with whatever we use then that's what counts ;)

I had the original Phone Skope setup prior to the Tines Up. Wasnt impressed with the cheap 3D printed plastic of the Phone Skope for the money and it wasnt very universal at all. Regretted buying it. Dont know if they've changed their design these days...
 

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Fo for all you digiscoping wizards do you guys see any reason to use a DSLR over an iPhone specifically I have a Canon 70D DSLR and an iPhone XS just wondering if there’s any real benefit to me buying a novascope adapter kit for the DSLR. Using Vortex Razor 65 spotter


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I think there are plenty of downsides and not many upsides to using the DSLR for digiscoping. The availability of options for the DSLR is an issue, so is the expense and weight. You'll also need a pretty stout tripod and head to handle the weight, may need a balance type arca swiss plate so it's not too tippy. Your DSLR might not offer 4k video while your phone probably does. Upside, if you overcome the above and get an animal steadily in frame the image might be noticeably better. That's my experience at least having tried both.
 
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