Smartphone cameras are pretty amazing, except for capturing long-distance shots. The cast-aluminum Nocs Provisions Photo Rig Adapter is a handy pocket pal that clamps on to align a phone lens to a Zoom Tube Monocular Telescope or standard binoculars for true analog zoom photos and videos.
This kit lets you view the night sky not with one eye, but two, for sharper, brighter, and more comfortable stargazing. It can be ordered as plans only, optics and hardware only, as a BYO 3D printing kit, or a kit with pre-printed parts. In 2022, they’ll also open source the build plans. There’s also a large, assembled model, but it’s much pricier.
Nocs pocketable binocs have a truly unique style, with a pattern that’s both aesthetically pleasing and grippy. They pack high-end 8×25 (400mm zoom equivalent), anti-reflective optics for crystal clear images, are waterproof and fogproof, and are designed to allow smartphone snaps through the lens.
Bestguarder’s NV-900 digital binoculars are great for hunters or outdoor adventurers. They can capture images in complete darkness from up to 1300 feet away, thanks to their 4.5x optical and 5x digital zoom and infrared LED illuminator. They can also record video images at 1280×720 resolution and stills up to 5 mp.
NexOptic’s upcoming DoubleTake binoculars can switch instantly between 2.5x and 10x optical zoom. They have image stabilization and real-time high resolution panning. Instead of eyecups, they have a 5″ LCD screen. They can also share photos to phones and record 4K video.