Product Review: SGODDE Monocular Telescope

The SGODDE Monocular Telescope is a portable viewing device that can be used for your smartphone.

You get a clear 24X30 telescope with magnification of 8X – 24X and all the necessary accessories so you can use it with just about any smartphone.

You also get easy manual adjustment, rapid focusing and a waterproof design.

But is this telescope any good? Will it produce clear photo’s? Time to test it out!

Packaging.

The SGODDE Monocular Telescope comes packaged in a Green cardboard box with nature images printed on the front and back.  The box measures 17.0cm x 7.0cm x 9.0cm and weighs 330G.

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Outer packaging of the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

Contents.

When you open the SGODDE Monocular Telescope box you will find: 1x Telescope, 1x Carry Case, 1x Mobile Phone Adapter, 1x Telescopic Tripod, 1x Microfibre Cleaning Cloth, 1x Hand Strap, 1x Lens Covers, 1x English/Chinese User Guide.

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Contents of the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

SGODDE Monocular Telescope.

The SGODDE Monocular Telescope is Green and Black in colour and is made from mostly plastic materials.  The telescope itself measures when fully closed 12.5cm and can fully extend to a measurement of 17.2cm, the diameter of the lens area is 3.0cm.  This telescope also weighs (Without any attachments) 145G.

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Product image of the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – SGODDE (Subject to Copyright)

The tripod itself is made from Stainless Steel and measures 12.0cm in height and can extend further to reach a height of 17.0cm.

To use with a smartphone, you’ll need to assemble the holder and bracket onto your phone and attach onto the end of the telescope.

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Instructions on how to set up the phone holder of the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – SGODDE (Subject to Copyright)

 

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Instructions on how to use the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – SGODDE (Subject to Copyright)

Setting up the SGODDE Monocular Telescope.

The first thing to do is learn to set up the tripod and the mobile phone holder to hold your device and function correctly.  This can take some time to master, so I would suggest you get this part done firstly before trotting out to the woods.

The tripod is a bit flimsy and really is one of the weak points of the whole package.  You’ll soon notice how easy it is for your device to topple over.

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The SGODDE Monocular Telescope attached to my iPhone 7 – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

The section that sits on the telescope is the other weak point.  It literally sits on the telescope and I would prefer if it had a threaded design as to keep your phone secure to the telescope and not drop either your phone or the telescope to the ground.

Using the SGODDE Monocular Telescope.

So, the first time in using this you’ll end up with images like below!  This is frustrating as you literally have a telescope image on your device.  And, you’ll instantly notice the phone wobbles when trying to take an image.  So, your first couple of shots will end looking very amateur!

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My first shot using the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

If you zoom in a little on your phone, the whole circular area will disappear.  I also used a Bluetooth camera capture, so I didn’t have to touch my phone to take an image.  This stopped the whole shaky picture scenario altogether.  I would suggest this for you too!  It’s not really the fault of the telescope but a combination of your phone’s weight and the zoomed in function of the telescope together.

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Second shot using the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

You’ll notice the second shot is much better (And, you’re able to at least see what I’m trying to capture), the distance of the tractor was around 400M, so the image isn’t too bad really.

1KM Range.

I then wanted to test and photograph the long range of the SGODDE Monocular Telescope.  This was very impressive, you’ll see from the images below the telescope can capture images from a very long range.  In fact, the distance tested was well over 1KM!

But, the further you zoom into a landscape the more pixelated the image will become.

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Image of a herd of cows from around 1KM, shot using the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)
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The same image of a herd of cows from around 1KM indicated by the red circle and shot without the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

You can see although the image is quite pixelated, you can still see what the image is.  But, remember this was shot from around 1KM using nothing only but my iPhone 7.

30M Range.

I then decided to try shooting some images from around 30M and see if the quality improves.

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Image of tree fungus from around 30M in distance, shot using the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

The image became a little better with only a bit of pixilation, but not too bad considering this image was shot through the tree branches and leaves!

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The same image of the tree fungus from around 30M indicated by the red circle and shot without the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

10M Range.

I then decided to see what the image quality might be like at a closer range, my thoughts being the closer the image the better the image.  And, of course the images vastly improved to almost near perfect quality.

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Image of blackberries from around 10M in distance, shot using the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)
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The same image of the blackberries from around 10M indicated by the red circle and shot without the SGODDE Monocular Telescope – Image Source – My Helpful Hints (Subject to Copyright)

Technical Specifications.

  • Brand – SGODDE
  • Model – Monocular Telescope
  • Model Code – SGODDEhseneskei64
  • ASIN – B079L351CK
  • EAN – N/A
  • Magnification – 8X – 24X
  • Lens – 30mm
  • Compliance – CE

Conclusion.

I was really impressed by the SGODDE Monocular Telescope.  The actual instrument itself is a quality piece.  It does take some time to get used to the zoom and focus wheels to function correctly.  But, with practice it becomes easier.

I think the tripod area requires a re-think though, it’s not very stable and the part which attaches onto your device can easily fall off.

But, as for the telescope itself the images aren’t bad at all, obviously the further the distance the more pixelated the image will become.  But, if you’re using for images around 10-50M then this won’t be an issue.  There could be room for improvement with a later model of iPhone, but aside from that I’m very happy with this telescope.

If you want the SGODDE Monocular Telescope for yourself, it’s available only on Amazon.  The RRP for this telescope is £45.99.

Product sample provided by SGODDE in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.


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Darren

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