In terms of the body of the spotting scope, you can either get a straight or an angled scope. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. On a straight body spotting scope, you look straight through the eyepiece. However, on an angled-body spotting scope, the eyepiece is placed on an angle of 45 degrees to the body of the scope. Choosing between a straight or angled spotting scope is a personal choice, but I would say that the angled spotting scope is a lot more comfortable to look through and on your neck and while you’re sitting. It’s a relaxed position to be in. For straight spotting scopes, you would need to extend the height of your tripod which makes it not so comfortable for your neck. As for the angled spotting scope, you can set your spotting scope on a lower height. Straight scopes are excellent for target acquisition and it’s easy to switch between your binoculars and your spotting scope. You should also be able to adjust your spotting scope and place it on different angles to accommodate for when you are looking down a mountain or up at your subject.
Specifications: The Basics of Spotting Scopes
Most spotting scopes are assigned 3 different numbers. The first two numbers indicate the magnification range and the third number indicates the size of the front lens. So, let’s take an example of a 24-72×70 model. The magnification range is 24-72x and 70mm indicates the front lens diameter. Larger lenses are useful for providing detailed images and a higher magnification range allows you to use your scope for a larger and better view of your subjects. So, spotting scopes provide a better magnification in comparison to binoculars so you can view your subjects closer.
Keep in mind that dusty conditions, humidity, heat waves, and other windy conditions can reduce greatly reduce the image quality. So, your images won’t appear as clear in those unfavourable days. It’s always recommended to check the weather reports before heading out. You also don’t need to get a spotter with an extremely high magnification, anything up to 60x-80x should be just fine! Most observations are taken at a range of 30x-40x and the scopes mentioned in this review list fit these criteria. Larger objective lenses allow for better details and image quality providing for optimal high performance.
Ultimately, the spotting scope that you choose will depend on the type of activity you plan on doing with it. To help you find the best spotting scope, I provide you with a list of the top 10 best spotting scopes in the market! I also state which spotting scopes are best suited for which activities!
Before we continue, I’d like to present you with a comparison table of the top 3 best spotting scope ranked mentioned in this article. If you’re in a hurry, you can quickly view these to know which one is the right one for your needs! Or, you can scroll down the list and look at the specification tables to quickly read the specifications of each scope!
Now that we’ve gone over the top 3 best spotting scopes, let’s look at the 10 best spotting scopes in more depth and details.