Spotting Scopes

A spotting scope is a small type of telescope that is intended to be used to view objects during the day on Earth. They are most popularly used by birdwatchers who wish to get a closer view of a bird that is at a distance. There are also often been used by plane spotters. The range that you can actually see with a spotting scope will vary however they typically fall somewhere in between the scope of binoculars and astronomy telescopes. You will find that many bird watching stores will sell these types of scopes along with certain accessories to improve your viewing pleasure. These may include camera mounts and tripods.

There are various types of spotting scope however there magnifications will typically be 20 times to 60 times larger than the desired object you are viewing. Obviously the higher the magnification the more useful you will find the spotting scope. If you need to view things that are below 20 times magnification, you may well be better off purchasing a set of binoculars. Spotting scopes are specifically designed to be able to stand up to use in the rugged outdoors and have an extremely wide field of view which will make it very easy for you to spot objects.

The majority of spotting scopes are very lightweight which makes it very easy to carry around. Many manufacturers will also create these scopes to be resistant to all types of weather conditions, making it the ideal outdoor implement. You may find that some scopes will have mounts for telescopes and also the ability to interface with a camera. This will, of course, allow you the ability to photograph the things you are looking at. If the original intention of using a spotting scope was for bird watching, this additional benefit of being able to use a camera will be fantastic.

You have two types of spotting scope optics to choose from. You firstly have a refractive scope which will use optical glass to bend light. These refractive scopes are typically less expensive, extremely lightweight and very, very durable. The other type of spotting scope is the catadioptric scope. This will use mirrors to reflect light which will then create an image. The spotting scopes are a lot more fragile however they will produce a far clearer image. You will find that a catadiotric spotting scope will also be more expensive than the refractive models.

You also have a wide choice of designs available when choosing a spotting scope. You may find that some spotting scopes are hinged which will allow it to be mounted onto a tripod and this will also allow the viewing aperture to be moved for your convenience. You also have straight spotting scopes which are far easier to view something that is directly in your visual field however you should remember that these have no flexibility whatsoever. The variety doesn’t end here you can also choose different types of focusing mechanism or protection from different types of weather.

Although a spotting scope is far more powerful than a set of binoculars it will differ in many ways from an astronomical telescope. Firstly the image produced by spotting scope will always be upright, whereas a telescope will produce either an upside down or reversed image. Most obviously, a spotting scope is far smaller in size and portable. You wouldn’t expect to carry an astronomical telescope around in your pocket! A spotting scope also has a far lower magnification than the astronomical variety which means that a spotting scope is far more useful for viewing objects in everyday life.

Although spotting scopes are typically used for viewing landscape, wildlife and surveillance, they have also been used for hunting purposes. You may use a spotting scope for scoring targets on archery, pistol or rifle ranges. You can also actually use a spotting scope for a closer focus for a range under 20 feet should you so wish. It is recommended that your expectations should be kept in line with the price you are willing to pay. There is actually a massive gap in the performance between the lower-priced spotting scopes and the premium graded ones. Although the majority of us may only require a low or medium priced model, if you really require high-grade performance you cannot scrimp on price.

The majority of spotting scopes can also be fitted with an optional zippered nylon case which can actually be left on while you’re using scope. Although you may use the scopes in all types of weather and outdoor conditions, you may still be concerned about getting scratches. This will, of course, enhance your viewing pleasure as you now know that you can protect against this.

This Spotting Scopes Review is Written/Updated on Dec 9th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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