Lewes Barbican

Discovery Smartphone Telescope

I love trying out different toys and when I received an email about the Discovery Channel Smartphone Telescope I thought I'd give it a try. I was curious to see how this performed and if it was actually any good. 

The idea behind it is that you simply attach the zoom lens to your phone and it gives a 10x optical zoom. Included in the box is a small flexible tripod which you do really need to use at all times. 

Simple to use by just clipping it over the camera on your phone and twist the small focus ring on the end till it's in focus. As mentioned you do need to use the tripod as without it you'll be too shaky. 

I visited Lewes Castle to test this out to see what would happen. 

This is the view I was looking at...unedited straight from the phone. 

And this is using the telescope. That is the spire on top of the church, again unedited. The zoom is impressive but the vignette is there for everyone to see. I think this is because the lens on my phone is flat and for it to be idea it would be slightly raised like on various Android phones. 

A second example, again this is straight out the phone. 

This is the image and it's the furthest building in the photo above. The zoom is mighty and you can easily see what it is. The other image is a couple of quick edits to it to show that with a square crop you'd never really know. 

The Discovery Channel Smart Phone Telescope is available for £19.99 from Paladone and for that price it's brilliant. A mentioned the zoom is great and it really works. You will need to use the tripod if you want a steady photo and on my phone, I would edit the vignette afterwards but you could certainly show off the photos. 

I was sent this item for the purpose of this post. 

Daily Photo - Lewes Barbican

One of the features of Lewes Castle, this is the Barbican which also now acts as a walkway. 

The castle is over 1000 years old and is a Norman Castle which gives amazing views of the Sussex countryside.