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Spotting Scopes

Whether you are a birder or seeking for larger animals there is something special about being able to view them up close and in detail. Spotting Scopes are typically used when a magnification greater than what a pair of binoculars is capable of providing is desired, thus bringing the image closer and with greater detail. Spotting scopes come in two types and both work well in most situations.

  • Angled body: A slight advantage when looking up at your target.
  • Straight Body: A slight advantage when viewing from a higher position

Understanding Magnification and Lens Size: Measurements are read by looking at the 2 numbers, which have an “x” separating them. For example, 45 x 60. The first number is the magnification. 45 means the object you are viewing will look 45 times closer than it would without the scope. Note: the magnification may present a variable zoom range (for example 16-45 x 60). The second number is the lens diameter size. 60 means that it has a 60mm diameter lens. The larger the lens the more light it will capture producing a brighter view, particularly in low-light conditions.