Spotting Scopes

Spotting Scopes – you will get a great deal of use from. Sometimes, using a pair of binoculars is not enough to view an object or target from afar. There are times when using binoculars, they are just too limited for long-distance viewing. For this viewing limitation, a Spotting Scope can pick up where binoculars leave off. For pure enjoyment, looking at a subject from a distance, using a spotting scope is a game changer.

It is important to opt for the best scope within your budget.

Spotting Scopes

Like telescopes, spotting scopes are high-magnification instruments designed to see objects from a distance, they are specifically designed for use on land (but can also be used for astronomy!). This makes them a great choice for anyone wanting to make the most of their view from home, the batch or taking on bird-watching trips. Their small size and rubber housing’s lend themselves excellently to spending hours outdoors, far better than a heavy, more fragile telescope. But their benefits don’t stop there. With magnification equivalent to a lens of 1,250 to 3,000mm, they outshine binoculars or even a 500mm telephoto lens in a big way.

While you can certainly use a telescope for terrestrial viewing, they aren’t specifically designed for that task. Conversely, the spotting scope wasn’t designed to look at the moon and planets, but it does a pretty good job of that when needed. The spotting scope can look at the moon, planets, and some deep sky stuff, but it also can look at birds, activity on the water, the animals on the farm, wildlife, and more without missing a beat. Your family member’s interest in the stars may fade, but almost everyone loves watching birds, boats, and other things up close.

Compact Spotting Scopes

Full-Sized Spotting Scopes

What Do the Numbers Mean?

A spotting scope is always represented by two sets of numbers. For example 20-60×80. The first set of numbers refers to its magnification (or zoom). For example 20-60x means 20x to 60x variable zoom. The second number refers to the diameter of its objective lens. A spotting scope will usually have a 50mm, to 80mm, to 100mm lens.

What is the Best Magnification?

Most spotting scopes will have a variable zoom, for example, 15-45x or 20-60x. This suggests that you can manually adjust their magnification when viewing – just like a camera. Generally, a spotting scope will have a maximum magnification of 15x to 60x. The higher the magnification is, the more you will be able to see/bring your subject closer. Remember that you will always be able to zoom out when needed.

What is the Ideal Lens Size?

You simply need to choose if you prefer a better image quality or a smaller and lighter spotting scope. A spotting scope with a larger 80mm or 100mm lens will have better light-gathering capability than a smaller 50mm or 60mm lens spotting scope. This means that the image you see will be brighter and clearer. You will also enjoy a wider field of view. On the other hand the bigger the lens is, the larger and heavier your spotting scope will be, which is really only a consideration if you plan to be transporting it around on foot regularly

Think about where you will be using the spotting scope the most. If you normally stay at a fixed location for a long period or don’t need to worry about extra weight then opt for an 80mm or 100mm scope. If you like to travel light or move around more then a smaller scope will suit you better.

What Other Features Should I Consider?

Spotting scopes are frequently used in extreme weather conditions, so features like waterproof and fog-proof are desirable. Proper waterproofing will make sure that your spotting scope is protected from water, moisture/humidity and will not fog up. This also means that the inside of your scope will have protection from corrosion; which will be an added benefit if you like to use it near the ocean.

Good Vibrations…

With higher magnifications the slightest vibration can cause image shake resulting in a blurry view, so when using the spotting scope, you’ll need a tripod to make sure you get the clarity and detail. You can also mount your spotting scope on a table, stand or any other platform. But a tripod will definitely allow you to enjoy your scope’s full potential truly. All of our spotting scopes come with a standard tripod mount, which can be used with nearly any tripod on the market. Please get in touch with any questions, we are here to help and guide you with your purchase so that you feel confident in your choice whether it be for you or a gift for someone lucky.

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