CARSON Universal Optics Adapter

The Carson Universal Optics Adapter is a portable digiscoping tool that is perfect for capturing videos and images on the go. Attachable to most popular smart phones, these Digital Camera Accessories from Carson can be used on binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, microscopes, or night vision to provide with instantaneous digiscoping capabilities. The Carson HookUpz Universal Adapter features an easy-to-use, self-centering clamp with release grips so you can clip on many different optics. After the initial phone alightment, the Carson Universal Optics Attachment can be attached quickly and easily for perfect alignment every time.

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Specifications for CARSON HookUpz Universal Optics Adapter:

Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Dimensions: 5.75" x 1.5" x 4"

Features of CARSON Universal Optics Phone Adapter:

  • No glue needed
  • Self-centering clamp with release grips
  • Fits most smart phones, with or without case
  • Can be used on binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, microscopes or night vision
  • Fits a wide range of optics with an outer eyepiece diameter of 20-58mm
  • Single arm phone clamp for easy and quick installation and removal
  • Note: Not compatible with rifle scopes. Will not work on "phablets" like SamsungĀ® Note 2, 3, etc. Optics must be straight or slightly tapered; complex-shaped eyepieces may not work.

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  • PROS
  • easy to use
  • CONS
  • not the tightest grip
  • needs secondary way of clamping to ocular

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Oren - Add Reply

I've really enjoyed using the Carson Universal Adapter with both an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 6 to mount to my telescopes. I find that it's an incredibly easy to use adapter, which is especially important when you're working in the dark. The mount doesn't provide a COMPLETELY 100% tight grip, but for certain applications (such as Astrophotography) it's more than enough! I wrote a more detailed write up (with pictures) of how I use it with my telescopes on my blog here: Thanks! Matt

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Micah - Add Reply

I'd read reviews of this item before I purchased it, but wanted to experience it myself. The reviews that claimed that the adapter does not clamp onto oculars very well are true, as I experienced the problem myself, but was able to do a better job of securing the device by binding the clamping arms with some soft twine, but imagine a good rubber band would work as well. I found I could not get my digital pocket camera to focus once mated to my binocular ocular with the adapter. To get a decent photo with my cellphone required that I move the adapter around to get a good mating of the camera lens to the ocular of my binocular (in this case. The photos taken of nearby terrestrial items came out fairly good, but when trying to capture the recent lunar eclipse, the mating issue, as well as the lack of light gathering ability of my cellphone produced a less than desired photo, but should have been expected. All in all, the adapter will be put to better tests by me in the near future, but I anticipate the adapter will be relegated to daytime use. It is fun to play with.

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Cole - Add Reply

I have an IPhone 6S and keep it in a lifeproof case. While it fits width wise it is just a little too long with the case on to use the adapter without doing some cutting to the pad on the vertical end. I haven't decided whether to cut it or return it yet. I don't like taking the phone out of the case when I am outdoor particularly on rough terrain where there is water so I am going to try without the case before I decide whether or not it is what I want to use.

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