Christmas Bonanza | Discovery Channel Smartphone Microscope & Telescope

I’m always a little bit sceptical about gadgets that claim to work with your smartphone because technology has come quite a long way and it doesn’t feel like you could do much more with a smart phone camera these days because most of them are just so good. However, after receiving the Discovery Channel’s smartphone microscope and telescope for review, there’s definitely scope for improvement yet!

Discovery Channel Smartphone Microscope

Who knew that this would actually work? It took a few minutes to work out and get right but we got there in the end and it genuinely does work. It’s really compact and clips on really easily. Once it’s in place a light comes on so you don’t have to provide light from anywhere else.

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It has a relatively good grip although it’s easily knocked and can slide around a bit but it’s easy enough to bring the lens back over the camera so you can carry on checking out those close ups.

I’ve seen a few reviews where people said they just couldn’t get it to work but you need to physically place the actual microscope on top of the thing you want to view. It’s not like an normal microscope where there’s space between the lens and the subject, this has to be in direct contact with the subject for it to work.

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At first you can see the inside of the microscope but all you need to do is zoom in with your smart phone camera as normal to eliminate the frame and then you can take loads of pictures and videos like you would with anything else.

The Discovery Channel smartphone microscope has a pretty powerful 30x zoom and is a must have for those with inquisitive minds. They cost around £9.99 depending on the retailer but they are absolutely worth it to make those curious little discoveries.

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Discovery Channel Smartphone Telescope

In comparison to the Discovery Channel smartphone microscope I actually found the smartphone telescope much harder to ‘work’. It came with no instructions so I had to go by how it looked on the box but once I did get it to work – yay! I love that this came with a tripod and a grip and once you had it in focus you could see things at a greater distance.

I didn’t think the pictures were as clear as the microscope ones but they were still pretty good all things considered! The Discovery Channel smartphone telescope retails around £19.99, again depending on the retailer.

With both of them I did find that sometimes the picture went blank but I think that’s an issue with the phone, rather than the product – I don’t really know why, maybe it can’t handle the zoom of these things! So while your smartphone can indeed be good for lots of things (selfies, texting and emails included) you can absolutely turn it into something that holds much more value.

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  • This competition will open on 17th November and will close on 8th December at 11.59pm
  • One winner will be selected at random
  • One winner will receive ONE ‘Discovery Channel Smart Phone Microscope’ and ONE ‘Discovery Channel Smart Phone Telescope’
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107 Comments

  1. Tammy Neal
    December 8, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    Stars threw the telescope x

  2. CAROL PATRICK
    December 8, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    I would love to star gaze & see the planets – the Moon in particular

  3. Diane Duggan
    December 8, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    I’d like to see the Moon – that would be amazing.

  4. Christian
    December 8, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I’d like to study the heavens.

  5. Hayley F
    December 8, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I think I would start off looking at fruit as I’d find it quite interesting x

  6. Tee Simpson
    December 8, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I think a kiwi would be interesting

  7. Teresa sheldon
    December 8, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I’d like to have a look at a mushroom apparently I’ve been told they are fascinating to look at through a microscope all the pores that move

  8. LEE HARDY
    December 8, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    The whole of the moon

  9. Katie
    December 8, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    The stars

  10. Matthew Fuller
    December 8, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Great prize!

  11. December 8, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I’d love to look at the moon through a telescope

  12. Kristin Burdsall
    December 8, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    My daughter has asked for a crystal growing kit for Christmas and i know she would love to look at those under the microscope

  13. Clare Hubbard
    December 8, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    The moon

  14. Kirsteen MacKay
    December 8, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I’d like to look at my makeup under the microscope

  15. caroline tokes
    December 8, 2017 / 11:27 am

    The stars as i am interested with space stuff

  16. sarah parker
    December 8, 2017 / 9:59 am

    my finger

  17. Katie Walker
    December 8, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I’d like to see a fly

  18. Alison
    December 8, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I think some of my dog’s hair may look quite interesting! May result in a bath.

  19. rebecca smith
    December 8, 2017 / 7:54 am

    the stars

  20. Susan B
    December 8, 2017 / 2:48 am

    Someone once told me that human eyelashes have microscopic organisms living on them (yuk) so I would love to see what they look like under a microscope.

  21. Nancy Bradford
    December 7, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I’d like to see my daughter’s desk germs so I could prove to her how messy her room is lol

  22. janine atkin
    December 7, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    id like to look at insects (not kill them but just see what they look like up close)

  23. Diane Nicholl
    December 7, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    my dishcloth

  24. sheri Darby
    December 7, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    The stars and planets

  25. Anthea Holloway
    December 7, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I would love to see the Moon more clearly through a telescope.

  26. Laura Pritchard
    December 7, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I’d like to look at woodlice through the microscope with my kids!

  27. A S,Edinburgh
    December 7, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I’d love to see an insect or some different plastics under the microscope.

  28. Jenn Gillies
    December 7, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I would love to look at the different stars

  29. Rich Tyler
    December 7, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    A leaf

  30. Carole Nott
    December 7, 2017 / 9:44 am

    i would like to look at my skin or hair

  31. Jayne Townson
    December 6, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I would love to look at a little ladybird under a microscope.

  32. Jo
    December 6, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I would look at so much under a microscope. The first thing would be some soil though

  33. Rebecca Mercer
    December 6, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    something like a spider would be cool

  34. Maggie Ali
    December 5, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    we’d love to see the moon

  35. James Travis
    December 5, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    the stars

  36. Dean T
    December 5, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Love to see my blood under a microscope

  37. Robert Lindsay
    December 5, 2017 / 1:18 am

    I’m told that looking at human hair is quite interesting under a microscope

  38. michelle o'neill
    December 4, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    The moon

  39. Hayley Colburn
    December 1, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    creepy crawlies in detail would be good

  40. leanne weir
    December 1, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    the stars

  41. Sarah Cogman
    December 1, 2017 / 10:24 am

    The moon :-)

  42. Rachel Hewitt
    December 1, 2017 / 12:38 am

    My boyfriend is obsessed with anything to do with the sky/space so im sure he would love to look at this

  43. Kim Neville
    November 30, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    The moon and stars

  44. Christina Palmer
    November 28, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I would love to see a shooting star through the telescope

  45. Ruth Harwood
    November 28, 2017 / 10:31 am

    My bathroom floor lol!!

  46. maria garcia
    November 27, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    would love to view the planets especially venus and mars

  47. maria garcia
    November 27, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    love to view the planets especially venus and mars

  48. Ron Goodwin
    November 27, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    A grain of sand under the microscope. Thank you.

  49. Katie Kingsbury
    November 27, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    My cat!

  50. Victoria Prince
    November 25, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I’d really love to see a shooting star through the telescope :)

  51. Jackie Howell
    November 25, 2017 / 8:06 am

    the galaxy

  52. Tina Hewitt
    November 25, 2017 / 7:25 am

    My Granddaughter wants to look at skin and hair under a microscope

  53. Rachael Sexey
    November 24, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    My son would love to see the moon

  54. Alison Johnson
    November 24, 2017 / 12:06 am

    I’d love to look at the moon through the telescope.

  55. Dana park
    November 23, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Snow

  56. Kimberley Ryan
    November 23, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    would love to see Venus

  57. Sadiyya Maryam
    November 23, 2017 / 9:56 am

    The stars for sure, my daughter would love this to use with her daddy.

  58. Cathryn Crawshaw
    November 23, 2017 / 7:12 am

    the stars

  59. Helen Thurston
    November 22, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I’d love to see a comet through a telescope.

  60. Janet Birkin
    November 22, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Stars

  61. charlotte
    November 22, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    jupiter and the moons

  62. andrea miles
    November 22, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    my hair, would love to see if the scales show

  63. Stephanie Keill
    November 22, 2017 / 7:29 am

    I’ve always wanted to see a supernova through a telescope or a black hole. I absolutely love everything to do with the universe.

  64. ashleigh allan
    November 21, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    The stars!

  65. amy bondoc
    November 21, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    id like to check out the stars with the telescope im sure my nephews would love to look at bugs undeer the microscope!

  66. Rachel Craig
    November 21, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Stars in the sky, with the telescope.

  67. francis lee
    November 21, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I would love to be able to spot the Andromeda galaxy.

  68. Chris Andrews
    November 21, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Which object would you most like to see under the microscope or through the telescope? . . . . hairs . . . dog’s/ human’s etc to see the difference

  69. Ray Becker
    November 21, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Milky way

  70. Ray Dodds
    November 21, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Snowflakes

  71. Antikhab Hussain
    November 21, 2017 / 1:55 am

    cool my kids going love this Microscope + Telescope

  72. Rena Plumridge
    November 20, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I would love to look at the moon

  73. laura banks
    November 20, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    i’d like to look at spiders

  74. DAWN HULL
    November 20, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I would like to look at plants through a microscope.

  75. Angela Treadway
    November 20, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    a fly x

  76. maria blythin
    November 20, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    a leaf x

  77. iain maciver
    November 20, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    the stars

  78. November 20, 2017 / 11:06 am

    I would like to see all the stars through the telescope!

  79. Jo Hutchinson
    November 20, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Kosher salt

  80. Amanda tanner
    November 19, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Definitely the stars

  81. sherri Hough
    November 19, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    A Snowflake

  82. Marc H
    November 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    The moon, the stars and beyond. Space has always fascinated me.

  83. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    November 19, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I’d love to see a flower under a microscope :) See all the individual pollen and other bits you miss with the naked eye ! x

  84. Lorna Ledger
    November 19, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    It’s a bit gross but a scab! thank you x

  85. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 18, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Not being gross but I would like to see some sperm under a microscope

  86. Katie Skeoch
    November 18, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    The red planet through the telescope or some cells through the microscope

  87. Angela Fitzjohn
    November 18, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    The stars, magical

  88. June Lord
    November 18, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    The stars

  89. Kat Allinson
    November 18, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I would like to try and see a meteor shower through the telescope

  90. abigail edkins
    November 18, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    i love looking at insect wings

  91. mari sutherland
    November 18, 2017 / 11:54 am

    The surface of the moon

  92. Ashley Phillips
    November 18, 2017 / 9:11 am

    My daughter loves space so would love to look at the planets through the telescope

  93. Solange
    November 18, 2017 / 12:31 am

    I would love to see Saturn through a telescope. It’s got the lot: interesting moons and then of course the famous rings. It would be amazing to see the rings up close. They are made up of billions of pieces of rock.

  94. Lesley Walsh
    November 17, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    The stars and planets.

  95. Sarah Morris
    November 17, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Would love to do a spot of star gazing with my son.

  96. S Edwards
    November 17, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    a spider

  97. Rachael G
    November 17, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I would like to look at sand particles under the microscope

  98. Susan Howitt
    November 17, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Any planet would be amazing.

  99. Kelly Hirst
    November 17, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I’d love to see germs under a microscope, I find them fascinating that something so small can spread such misery 😉

  100. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 17, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    I would love to see a meteor shower through the telescope I think my children would too, Megan who’s 5 won’t go to bed without saying good night to Mr Moon, it’s a nightmare when it’s overcast and she can’t see it xx

  101. EMMA WALTERS
    November 17, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    some foods would be interesting like strawberries in the garden

  102. helen tovell
    November 17, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I would like to star gaze with a telescope in the hope of seeing a shooting star

  103. Mehnaz Begum
    November 17, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I would look at the grass with the telescope reminds me off honey I shrunk the kids, lol

  104. Ren Taylor
    November 17, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I would love to see a plant through a telescope as I have never been able to see one yet.

    • Ren Taylor
      November 17, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      I meant PLANET not PLANT lol

  105. Margaret GALLAGHER
    November 17, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    A new tripod would be invaluable

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