Accessory of the Month: Carson Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter


This month, we’re focusing our attention on the Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter by Carson.

When it comes to digiscoping and capturing microscopic images on your smartphone, the Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter is the natural choice. Unrivaled versatility, usability and compatibility make this adapter our featured product of the month.

Let’s learn more about digiscoping, the Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter and why we love it.

What is Digiscoping?

Digiscoping involves using some sort of digital camera (like a smartphone) to take a photo through the lens of an optic (such as a microscope, binocular or telescope).

The main benefit of digiscoping is that it allows you to capture images of objects that would normally be too small (or too far away) to see with the naked eye. A few examples include:

  • Astronomical bodies
  • Microscopic specimens
  • Birds and other wildlife
  • Plants

While digiscoping is easy in that it allows photographers to capture hard-to-see objects without the need for a telephoto lens or camera-friendly microscope, it can be difficult if you’re trying to arrange everything by hand.

After all, each bump, shake and shudder will be greatly magnified in the finished photo, frequently leading to less-than-desirable results.

That’s where the Carson Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter comes in.

Why We Love the Carson Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter

While the Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter has a wide range of attractive features, the most notable ones include the following:

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Compatible with a variety of optics and phones
  • Secure hold
  • Precise alignment

A vastly improved version of the original HookUpz, the HookUpz 2.0 fits almost all optics, including binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, microscopes, spotting scopes, borescopes and more.

It can also fit nearly any smartphone with an eyepiece of 25 to 58 millimeters, including those made by Apple, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and more.

Customers often cite that the HookUpz 2.0 is easy to use, excellent quality and works perfectly.

Whether you’re using the Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter to take photographs of miniscule particles, distant planets or majestic wildlife, it’s sure to greatly improve your digiscoping experience.

To learn more about the Hookupz 2.0, here are the specs:

Carson-Hookupz-2-0-Smartphone-Optics-Adapter specs

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The Brand Behind the Accessory

Carson Optical was founded in 1990 by Richard Cameron. Although he started with importing and exporting products between the United States and Japan, Cameron soon moved onto optics after stumbling upon a unique electronic binocular in 1991.

As business flourished, Carson expanded its binocular offerings and also branched out into related optical categories such as magnifiers and microscopes.

From the beginning, Cameron has placed an emphasis on creating products that improve the overall customer experience. This overall philosophy is still a driving force behind Carson Optical today, and has allowed the company to thrive in an industry often dominated by larger marketing-driven competitors.

You can purchase the Carson Hookupz 2.0 Smartphone Optics Adapter for $89.00 from New York Microscope Company.