Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Discovery Channel Discovery Smartphone Telescope


It's Autumn and what better than to explore the beautiful outdoors? Even our school are taking the kids for an Autumn welly walk this Friday before their half term holiday starts. If you are exploring a forest or woods (or anywhere else), there are some great travel size gadgets out there that will help exploring wild life (or other things) much easier, such as the ones from Discovery Channel that can be used with smartphones.

We have reviewed and recommended Discovery Channel's Smartphone Microscope in last year's Christmas Gifts Guide, which is great to help you and/ or children to take a closer look at details with their 30x zoom lens, and take pictures of them too.

This year, they have released their Smartphone Telescope, which is a perfect match to the microscope by the way, allowing you to see things afar. It even comes with a smartphone tripod for less shaky pictures!


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The Discovery Channel Smartphone Telescope (RRP £19.99) comes with the 10x zoom telescope with 2 lens covers, a smartphone clip for the telescope to attach on to the smartphone, tripod with smartphone grip and a lens cleaning cloth.

At first I thought that the Smartphone Telescope only comes with the telescope, like the Discovery Channel's Smartphone Microscope, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the tripod (with bendable legs!) included, especially because it was on my To Buy list!

Everything in the kit is travel size so it's really handy to bring them with you on your adventure.


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To attach the telescope to the smartphone clip, simply remove the lens covers, and screw the smaller lens onto the clip (I love this part of the design!). It has a hole on this side of the clip, so you can see through it through your smartphone camera when it's clipped on. The other side of the clip is covered with a sponge to protect your smartphone screen.

The blue ring around the telescope adjusts the focus.


Discovery Channel gadgets for smartphone, mini telescope for travelling, smartphone telescope 10x zoom

Discovery Channel gadgets for smartphone, mini telescope for travelling, smartphone telescope 10x zoom

To attach the camera to the tripod, simply clip your smartphone into the holder between the rubber and foam part of the clip, then screw the holder onto the tripod. Just make sure you do this gently and once in place, try not to put pressure on the smartphone as it might pop out from the holder. So when you adjust your camera, move the base of the holder where it attaches to the tripod instead.

I really like it that the smartphone tripod has bendable legs, just like the one I have for my bridge camera. It'll be perfect for you to wrap the legs around a tree branch, which makes taking pictures much easier. With the smartphone camera's virtual zoom plus the x10 zoom from the telescope, pictures can become quite shaky.

You will still need to touch your smartphone to take the picture though, so if you want to take even better pictures, you can buy a remote control for smartphone cameras.

Again, everything is travel size and they will fit perfectly in a small waist pouch or adult's coat pockets.


Discovery Channel gadgets for smartphone, mini telescope for travelling, smartphone telescope 10x zoom

As I'm confined at home to meet several deadlines, I had to test the telescope out at home. Try not to point it at your neighbours like I did as it might give them the wrong idea!

When you first turn on the smartphone camera, you should see the telescope lens. Simply zoom your smartphone camera until you see the full view. Do bear in mind that the further you try to zoom in, the more shaky and blurry your pictures will be.

The bush in my garden is approximately 8 fences away from me (I'm obviously terrible at estimating distance), and the LEGO Brickheadz were approximately 4 metres from me.Those pictures still came out very clear, bearing in mind that I didn't zoom in using my camera's zoom.

I tried looking further at trees on the other side of the neighbourhood block and although it was very shaky and a bit blurry, I can still see quite a bit of the trees.

I do wonder whether I'll see stars and meteor shower better with it, but I didn't get a chance to try it out because of the recent weather.


Overall, I really like this value for money travel size smartphone gadget. I like it even more than Discovery Channel's Smartphone Microscope, definitely because it came with the tripod, but also because we will use the telescope more often.

However, the 2 together makes the perfect kit for exploring with your smartphone. Kids can benefit so much from the 2, and they can even take pictures to keep without additional bulky equipments!

I think the Discovery Channel Smartphone Microscope (RRP £9.99) and Telescope together will make a fantastic Christmas or birthday present for little explorers.