A spotting scope is a long, high-powered telescope with a large eyepiece that is generally used during hunting, photography, bird watching, and astrophotography. Spotting scopes can be used with binoculars, cameras, or telephoto lenses to raise the magnification of any one or several of these devices (with the same optical zoom). The spotting scope’s eyepiece will then magnify the entire field of view as if it was a single lens with magnification. We currently include ESSLNB, WildGuarder L21, ESSLNB F40070M, ESSLNB 20, and WildGuarder WG135. With a variety of devices, generations, and accessories we are able to tailor solutions for all budgets and applications. Please feel free to contact us via email with any questions.
What Are the Advantages When You Buy Spotting Scope Devices?
When you look through a telescope, the image is inverted. Spotting scopes, like binoculars, have prisms that flip the image before it reaches your eye so that up is up and down is down. When looking at deep-sky objects, the moon, sun, and stars, this reversal is insignificant or a non-issue. When looking at the upside-down bird in the upside-down tree across the upside-down street, it is a bit strange. You can add an erecting diagonal prism to your telescope to “correct” this, but they can degrade the image quality a bit. Spotting scopes, with the built-in prism, do not have this issue.
Many spotting scopes, like their binocular cousins, are waterproof and fog proof and can also tolerate a bit of shock. They are designed to be taken into the field by hunters, birders, and wildlife watchers. Telescopes, especially larger scopes, are precision devices that are not designed for moving around much, getting bumped, or getting rained on.
While there are certainly small and portable telescopes, the spotting scope is relatively lightweight and designed for use in the field. Many come with “C-thru” cases (or they are available separately) that protect the scope’s body from wear and scratches while allowing you to use the scope. Larger telescopes can be boxed up and taken out into a dark sky area—often the big telescopes will be transported in two or three separate boxes—they are definitely not designed around portability in the same way a spotting scope is designed.
There are exceptions, but many spotting scopes max out, with their zoom eyepieces, at 60x magnification. For the photographers, this is basically the equivalent of a 3000mm lens. Larger telescopes are designed for viewing deep sky objects far away in the cosmos. Because of this, they are capable of much larger powers of magnification—more than double the spotting scope. With greater magnification comes more difficulty in targeting—you are pointing a smaller and smaller soda straw at a distant object—and many telescopes come with a finder scope to help with aiming—something I sometimes wish I had on my spotting scope. Spotting scopes sometimes have sight lines to assist (much better for terrestrial viewing), but a finder scope is always a pleasure to use. Also, it is good to note that there are some spotting scopes that accept standard telescope eyepieces for greater magnification capabilities.
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