Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Smart Optix SM Field Guide - Gear Review

Spotting Scope Adapter on MINOX

I recently had the opportunity to test out the SM Field Guide from Smart Optix which is a useful digiscoping adapter. With the hunting world booming on social media, tools like the SM Field Guide help hunters and outdoor enthusiasts share their experiences quickly and easily. Who doesn't want to snap some pictures with their smartphone and share them with their friends or family? This is where a digiscope adapter comes in handy. Here is a little story of the company and the initial product from President and Co-Founder Ross Varner:

“Our initial product was a cardboard and duct tape contraption that allowed my brother to capture and share what he saw with his friends and family. In that moment, Smart Optix was born. Since that time, we’ve focused on developing an innovative solution that would work for everyone, in both function and cost.”

Digiscope Adapter

Weight: 12 oz.
Material: Polycarbonate ABS Blend
Max Eye Piece: 2.25″
Min Eye Piece: 1.0″

They sure have come a long way from cardboard and duct tape. The SM Field Guide digiscope adapter is packed full of benefits. Here are some of the easy adjustments that make this digiscope adapter stand out from the rest.

Adaptable to Any Scope

Spotting Scope Adapter Smart Optix

It easily adapts to any type of spotting scope. So if you ever switch spotting scopes or even if you're on a trip with some friends and they want to give it a try it easily adapts to any spotting scope.

Locking Adjustments

Smart Optix Digiscope AdapterSpotting Scope Adapter Adjustment

The adjustments lock in place as well. Once you make your adjustments to where your phone has the best field of view, you can lock the adjustment in place to ensure the exact same position the next time you pull it out of your pack.

Universal for Any Phone/Cover

This digiscope adapter easily adjust to any phone with or without a cover. It doesn't matter what phone or optics you are using, the adapter adjusts easily to either one. You can see in the picture that my phone is secured and there is plenty of room to the right for adjustments. Again no matter the size of your phone or even if it has the case attached, you can easily adjust the Field Guide to fit. 

iPhone Spotting Scope Adapter
I then put on an Otterbox cover on my phone and again it was easy to adjust and I was able to get my phone attached to start using the spotting scope. The SM Field Guide was quick and easy to use and a breeze to get use to. It made it that much more fun to look through a spotting scope.

Smartphone Spotting Scope Adapter

Spotting Scope Phone Adapter

I would definitely recommend this for anyone who has wanted to get into digiscoping but have been worried about changing phones, using a case, or changing spotting scopes. The price is very reasonable considering the longevity of the product knowing that you will be able to use this with any phone and any scope. 

The price of the Green SM Field Guide like the one seen is $59.99 and they also have them in camo as well. Considering that you'll probably upgrade your phone about every 2 years, you'll be happy that you don't have to spend anymore money to use your spotting scope adapter.

So head over and see check out what they have to offer on their website www.SmartOptix.com.
Also be sure to go follow them on Twitter @SmartOptix and head over and give them a like on the Smart Optix Facebook Page.

As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the SM Field Guide  free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Smart Optix and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.


  1. Dustin, was it at all bulky? It looks like a very large device. For digiscoping close to your truck it might be good, but how about packing it in a few miles? Just curious! Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks Al! Initially I thought that it was going to be very bulky and I had the same concerns. It packed into my pack pretty easily and my spotting scope is actually fairly small and compact so it fit well in the same pocket. It is light weight so it doesn't weigh you down. I used the side pocket on my Eberlestock X2 pack and it worked out well. But yeah size wise it is a little larger than most other digiscoping adapters but it worked well with my pack. My pack also has those side pouches that fold out and it fits just fine in there as well.. I'll be packing it this season up in the mountains.