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Turn your smartphone into a telescope! (Photo: Amazon)

Sure, smartphones are great at taking photos, but did you know your iPhone or Android can double as a telescope? With the Feeke Monocular Telescope, it’s possible.

On sale for $24 at Amazon, this monocular telescope features a single 60mm object lens with a full 40x magnification. Once paired with a smartphone’s front-facing camera, you can slightly increase magnification with the device’s tap-and-zoom features. The monocular also has a wide field of view up to 1,000 yards, so it’s ideal for hunting, camping, and bird watching. And since it’s smartphone-friendly, you can record a video of your findings or snap a photo for instant online sharing.

It also features quick focus settings, so you don’t miss any action trying to focus the lens. The non-slip and durable grip makes it possible to hold a steady stance, even when wet. The mini telescope is IPX7-rated waterproof and fog-resistant, thanks to an O-ring that seals out moisture and dust. It even comes with a built-in compass.

Meanwhile, the Feeke Monocular Telescope comes with a small tripod and smartphone holder that can keep your iPhone or Android mobile device in place. Not bad for $24.

This Monocular Telescope has a 4.7 out of five stars. (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: $24 with coupon (originally $26), amazon.com

Reviewers love the telescope almost as much as we do.

“I had purchased another scope earlier,” wrote a five-star reviewer on Amazon. “A much smaller clip-on type and it just wasn’t doing the trick for me. I wanted a lens that would give me the true feel of a camera. Wow! This is it! The scope is truly a great little scope, and the quality is evident. It is lightweight, but seems to be stout in its design. I was originally afraid about dropping it, but it seems like it would take a shock. With this scope I am able to get the close up shots that I was looking for. I especially like to shoot flora and fauna, and need some thing to really get the detail.”

“I am really impressed with this monocular,” another delighted reviewer wrote. “It was packaged nice and included everything you need to either use it as a stand alone unit, attach it to your phone for some close up pictures, or put it on a tripod. It is very clear and super easy to adjust to focus. Very comfortable in my hand. I work in surveillance in my job and will definitely use this monocular. It is a good weight and feels like it is a quality unit.”

The reviewer later added, “It is pretty incredible how clear the optics are. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality monocular.”

Shop it: Feeke Monocular Telescope with smartphone holder, $24 with coupon (originally $26), amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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