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are a portable telescope that will enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors. These scopes will allow you to observe at distances far beyond what you could with binoculars. Common features include magnification from 20x-60x, a rugged, rubber armored body, variable zoom eyepiece or a range of eyepieces, and convenient mounting.
You may choose a
straight-thru spotting scope
(the eyepiece is on the same axis as the body), or an
angled spotting scope
(they eyepiece is about 45 degrees to the body of the scope). The straight thru spotting scopes are better when moving and angled
are better when sharing the view with others of different heights.
Many spotting scopes have
, which allows for an even richer experience with the ability to
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ALPEN 20x50 Mini Spotting Scope with Compact Tripod, Sunshade, Carring Case (711)
The 20x50 spotting scope has quality optics that perform impeccably under both favorable and unfavorable weather conditions. This model is nitrogen-filled, waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant. The package includes sunshade, carrying case and tripod.
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VORTEX Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope (RZR-A1)
In Stock and ready to Ship! The new Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope pushes the performance barrier to the highest limits, delivering a level of optical quality, resolution, and color fidelity previously available only in the most prestigious European brands.
The new VORTEX Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope (RZR-A1) pushes the performance barrier to the highest limits, delivering a level of optical quality, resolution, and color fidelity...
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is a portable telescope, optimized for the observation of terrestrial objects. The magnification of a
is typically on the order of 20X to 60X. Other common features include:
somewhat "rugged" or rubber-armoured design
convenient mounting for attaching to a tripod
ergonomically designed and located knob for focus control
tethered elastomeric lens cap
a range of eyepieces to give different magnifications, or a variable "zoom" eyepiece to give a range of magnifications (e.g. 20-60X)
The light gathering power of a
is determined by the width of the objective lens, typically between 55 and 80 mm. All else being equal, the larger the objective, the more heavy and expensive the telescope.
There are three
types of spotting scope
"straight-through" spotting scopes
(the eyepiece is one the same axis as the body of the spotting scope),
"angled" spotting scopes
(the eyepiece is at an angle of about 45 degrees to the body of the spotting scope), and, rarely, a more complex, shoulder-mounted design.
Straight-through spotting scope
are easier to use from, say, inside a car, while
angled spotting scopes
are more comfortable for tall people and more easily shared by people of different heights.
The choice of the eyepiece lens determines the overall magnification. The best magnification is decided by a number of factors. Magnifications of less than 20X are unusual, as (much cheaper and lighter) binoculars or monoculars can provide this. Magnifications of more than 80X lead to poorer brightness and, even on a tripod, shake can be a problem. The field of view is also limited.
Usually for birdwatching,
20X or 40X spotting scopes
are favoured. This gives a good field of view and a bright image. Amongst aircraft spotters the term "pole" is used as a shorthand expression meaning telescope. The related verb "to pole-off" therefore means reading some identication marks of an aeroplane by using a telescope. Other users might employ the same slang term.
Spotting scope manufacturers
fall into several groups. At the top end of the market, it is generally accepted that three manufacturers compete strongly for the ultimate in quality:
are the most expensive of all, closely followed by
. Several manufacturers produce
that are generally thought to be of almost equal quality to the top three, but at about half the price, among them