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The Hairy Woodpecker

Optics Update

Some of the major optics manufacturers have been busy recently designing accessories and i-phone adapters to fit their most popular binocular sizes. Carrying camera equipment along with spotting scope or binocular into the field can be a bit of a burden sometimes, and with the image quality now possible through cell phones it makes sense for the casual birder to slip the phone in a shirt pocket to record field sightings. It only takes a few seconds to snap it onto your binocular. Most optics makers have them now, so you should check them out to see which are most appropriate for your market.

Their universal adapter fits on all popular phones including i-phone and the new Samsung models. Attaches to any optic in seconds and self-centers. It fits a wide range of diameters and works well with spotting scopes, binoculars, microscopes, telescopes, night vision and other types of optics.

MSRP:  $88 | www.carson.com

Swarovski has brought us the PA-i5 Adapter for iPhone®* 5/5s. It adapts to a smartphone in a snap for taking pictures and recording videos through optics, allowing your long-range optic to perform as a zoom-lens for your iphone in a single motion. The adapter is compatible with the company’s newest optic models.

Meopta developed the new iScoping Adapter™ for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Introduced a few years ago, the MeoPix has become the ‘go-to’ adapter for serious hunters, birders and nature photographers who want to take high-quality, long-range photos and videos.  The Galaxy slips into a slim, low-profile phone case that easily fits into a shirt pocket and comes with a removable and interchangeable eyecup interface, available in six different eyecup sizes to fit various brands and models of spotting scopes.

MSRP:  $59.99

Cotton Carrier

This new Binocular Bracket™ provides hikers and outdoor enthusiasts a comfortable and secure way to carry binoculars. The Binocular Bracket is simple to use, eliminates strain on the neck and shoulders, and features the same patented technology Cotton Carrier uses to keep cameras safe and secure.
If you’ve ever taken your binoculars out in the field, you know what a pain it can be when they swing in and out as you walk or bend over. The Binocular Bracket will fix that. It features an L-shaped bracket that attaches to the binocular on one end, with a Cotton Carrier hub that attaches to the other. It’s available with the StrapShot™, or separately, and can be attached to a backpack strap or worn on pants belt.

MSRP  $79 with StrapShot | $39 for the Binocular Bracket alone www.cottoncarrier.com