Here is our continuing discussion of bird watching the best way to choose a scope and spotting scope features.
This page discusses eye relief, body design, focus mechanism, close focus, weather proofing, and glass composition to help you choose a spotting scope.
Spotting Scope Body Design: Angled or Straight?
There are two basic body designs of refractor spotting scope angle scopes: angled and straight.
Straight scopes have eyepiece and the barrel aligned with each other, angled scopes have the eyepiece offset 90 or 45 degrees from the barrel. There are pros and cons for both.
We like the design that is straight.
It is more easy to follow birds because we use our spotting scope from within the car using a window mount and which are moving, a straight scope isn’t a problem. Many people fine the straight line of sight is more easy for accurate aiming.
A design that is straight is more easy to use from an elevated position. From a second-story deck, viewing your backyard birds for instance. Please follow the link to get more information about best spotting scope reviews.
It depends how you want to use your spotting scope.
An angled scope may be shared easier when compared to a straight scope without adjusting the height, because more people of different heights can explore the scope.
Think about how you’ll be using your spotting scope. This may help you decide which design best suits your needs.
Spotting Scope Focus Mechanism
Try different mechanisms, if you’re able to and see which one works best for you. In the event you can not choose a knob focuser which is preferred for nature viewing and bird watching.
There are rack & pinion designs that are found on astronomical telescopes and offer fast, smooth focusing, but most components are external and subject to potential deterioration from moisture and dust over time.
Spotting Scope Glass Composition/Coatings
Color aberration is noticeable with refractor scopes.
Also reducing reflections can increases light transmission. This might be eliminated with the proper kind of coatings and glass.
These elements will provide you with an image of sharpness, detail, and higher clarity which then will reduce eyestrain.
Another factor to weigh, but you will be paying the cost in frustration when you can not see those details on that special bird on an overcast (low-light) day.
waterproof spotting scopeUnless your scope will reside within your home, weather proofing isn’t an option. You never know when that rain cloud will pop-up out of nowhere.
Rubber armoring is a nice addition.
It makes it more easier and comfortable to handle in cold, wet weather.
Spotting Scope Eye Relief
Spotting scope eye relief is an important feature on for eyeglass wearers.
For eyeglass wearers, an eye relief between 12-15mm will be adequate.
Without adequate eye relief, you will not get a complete field of view and find in order to see the image, you will need to remove your glasses.
There are eyepieces made with long eye relief, as mentioned in the eyepiece section. So you could get your eyes you may want to select.
Get a lightweight, strong & sturdy scope.
It is going to be uncomfortable to carry around when it’s not lightweight.
You get exactly what you pay for – so do not go cheap. Cheeps are for the birds.
So weigh the cost against the benefits, and get the best spotting cope you are able to afford.
And do not forget to leave money in your budget for a sturdy tripod to support your scope it is like putting a Mercedes on golf cart tires.