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Spotting Scope Update

How To Use A Spotting Scope

A general outlook at spotting scopes is that they give you better magnification at ranges that a pair of binoculars is not capable. The reason could be quite evident. They have a magnification not lower than 15X up to 60X. You can use spotting scopes with or without a tripod.

Whenever you experience image shake, you should consider using a tripod as it will help with eliminating the shaky image for clearer focus.

It would be wrong for you to think that they are suitable for only long range use. When I use my scopes on a short range, I get much finer details. I have to say the whole experience is exhilarating.How To Use A Spotting Scope

The Uses Of A Spotting Scope

  • Hunting
  • Telephotography
  • Astronomy
  • Bird watching


Parts Of A Spotting Scope

By familiarizing with the components of the scope, you will be in a position to use a spotting scope in the end. It is by varying the different aspects of the components that you get fine focus over the different ranges.

  • Eyepiece

There are two types of the spotting scopes the angled eyepiece and the straight eyepiece spotting scope. While the straight eyepiece offers for incredible level viewing, the angled eyepiece is the best for sky viewing and use by a group of viewers.

  • Objective Lens

With a fixed eyepiece you get a fixed objective diameter and thus fixed magnification. Some scopes come with interchangeable eyepieces. By changing the eyepiece, you change the objective diameter and thus the magnification. On some of the models, the eyepiece allows for zooming and has the accompanying zooming features. 

  • Eye Relief

This is the allowance from the eyepiece that you can position your eye and still manage to get a clear focus. They differ from scope to scope. By testing the scope before purchase, you will get a suitable eye relief.

While In The Field

Earlier I had mentioned that you can use the scope either on a tripod or not. Here I am again saying that you will need a tripod to avoid fatigue.

  1. Setting The Spotting Scope

Once you identify the place to do the hunting or viewing the next move will be to secure the scope on a tripod. It eliminates fatigue and offers for finer image quality by also eliminating shaky images.

  1. Spot The Target

Once you are done setting the scope securely on a tripod the next move is to spot the target. You spot the target before carrying out any of the scope adjustments. If it were making a copy, we would call it a rough copy.

  1. Focus

Having the target in position? It is now time to refine the image to the highest quality possible. The scope versions vary, in some, you zoom by adjusting the barrel. On easier versions, you zoom using an adjustable knob.

  1. Repeat The Process For Each Use

You will note that the different spotting exercises have different ranges. That calls for re-adjusting the scope every time that you will have to use it.

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Final Verdict

Do I have to spell out to you the advantages of using a spotting scope? I feel like I am compelled to doing it. Here we go. Greater focus helps you to distinguish between similar animal species, and we could go on and on, in a wrap they offer bright and high contrast images. Let nothing hold you back get some fun with your spotting scope.