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Recommendations on how to choose a spotting scope

A spotting scope is a unique optical device, which brings the world to your eyes! And it is not so important who you are: an advanced user using the device for astronomical observation, hunting, photography, etc., or just a fan, who likes admiring the surrounding landscape from the window of your house or flat.

Which questions to consider choosing a spotting scope?

Selecting an optical device is not an easy task because a lot of nuances should be considered at the same time:

  • for whom and for what purpose a spotting scope is acquired,
  • what distance it will be used at,
  • what will be the duration of using a scope.

What parameters should be taken into account?

  1. The diameter of the lens.

    Spotting scope with a large lens - this is, of course, good as you can see more and the picture will be brighter. But it is extremely inconvenient if you will need to carry it. Tourists, travelers and hunters understand what is at stake, and for that reason the models with 50-65 mm in diameter and no more are usually preferred. If the spotting scope is going to be used for mounting on a tripod at home or office, weight characteristics and dimensions of the device are moved to the background. The best in this case will be the choice of the 80-100 mm lens.

  2. Multiplicity.

    The maximum rate of multiplicity must not exceed the value of the lens diameter.

  3. Optics.

    Prisms and lenses should be high-quality and multi-layered enlightened. Prisms are located inside the unit and not available to the naked eye, they are located directly below the eyepiece. After removing the lens, you can see whether there is color deposition on the surface of the prism.

  4. Body.

    It may be metal, rubber-coated, with resistant paint plus case included. And if the body has hermetic properties, it is generally good.

Practical advice how to choose your spotting scope

  • If you plan to use your scope for observing objects at a short distance, it is better to prefer the one with the variable magnification. This is due to the fact that the gradual increase will give an opportunity to observe nearby objects, gradually switching to those that are remote.
  • If you are going to look at the distant objects, and wherein the optical device is in a user's hands, operation of the device is considered most convenient when the eyepiece is located on the central axis, instead of with an inclination of 45 degrees.
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