You can aim for the stars with your iPhone 5/5S and take some sweet moon shots while you're at it, if you're ready to invest in a telescope made just for your phone.
The iPhone 5 Astronomical Telescope from Japan Trend Shop has a 700mm focal length and can magnify 100 times and show you the view on your phone's screen. This has some advantages over squinting into a regular telescope eyepiece. You can share the view with others around you and easily take photos.
The set includes a tripod and stand, a diagonal prism, two ocular lenses, a 1.5x erecting lens, and a 12x magnification lens.
There are ways to adapt regular telescopes to work with a smartphone. Telescope builderthat generated some spectacular moon shots. The appeal of the Astronomical Telescope may be that you don't have to mess around with fixing up a phone mount. It's just ready to go, though it can also be used like a regular telescope with just your eyes, which may feel a bit old-fashioned.
The telescope will set you back $382, putting it on the high-end for the price spectrum of iPhone accessories. If you still think that sounds pretty reasonable, then you may have forgotten to add in the additional $89 shipping fee. It's currently available for preordering, with an expected ship date at the end of June.
By my calculations, I could add a $55 universal smartphone adapter to my $120 Orion 10012 SkyScanner and still have a few hundred bucks left over to blow on freeze-dried astronaut ice cream. But to each her own. There seems to be a plenty big market for. At least this one is full of science and not just a bunch of bling.
(Via Luxury Launches)