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Insert Coin: Snapzoom gives Kickstarters a crack at its smartphone scope adapter (video)

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Snapzoom gives Kickstarters a crack at its smartphone scope adapter

Snapzoom stole a lot of hearts at Engadget Expand, but it didn't quite steal enough votes to win our Insert Coin contest. Now you can exact some justice, as the smartphone adapter for binoculars, telescopes and microscopes is up for grabs on Kickstarter to let you zoom in on the moon, bacteria or whatever else you can think of. So far it's vacuumed up $15,000 toward its $55,000 goal, and while the early bird offer is sold out, backers can still grab one starting at $60, a hefty discount from the final $80 retail price. For $90, you'll even get a basic 10x25 compact Bushnell travel binocular tossed in, so if you want to see what made our Insert Coin judges go zoom-crazy, hit the source or video after the jump.

Previous project update: As we saw earlier today, Lightpack just hit Kickstarter and has drummed up $50,000 so far toward its (highly specific) goal of $261,962.