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10 Best Spotting Scopes

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1 Gosky 20-60x60 HD Spotting Scope with Tripod, Carrying Bag and Scope Phone Adapter Gosky 20-60x60 HD Spotting Scope with Tripod, Carrying Bag and Scope Phone Adapter By Gosky
9.8
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2 Celestron 52238 C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope Celestron 52238 C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope By Celestron
9.5
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3 Spotting Scope,Huicocy 20-60x60mm Zoom 39-19m/1000m Fully Multi Coated Optical Lens Fogproof and Movably Spotting Scope,Huicocy 20-60x60mm Zoom 39-19m/1000m Fully Multi Coated Optical Lens Fogproof and Movably By HUICOCY
9.1
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4 FEEMIC Newest 20-60x60 Waterproof Spotting Scope with Tripod, 45-Degree Angled Big Eyepiece(24mm), Optics FEEMIC Newest 20-60x60 Waterproof Spotting Scope with Tripod, 45-Degree Angled Big Eyepiece(24mm), Optics By FEEMIC
9.0
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5 Gosky 20-60x80 Spotting Scope with Tripod, Carrying Bag and Smartphone Adapter - BAK4 Gosky 20-60x80 Spotting Scope with Tripod, Carrying Bag and Smartphone Adapter - BAK4 By Gosky
8.7
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6 Landove Dual Focusing Zoom 20-60x80 Spotting Scope Macro and Micro Adjustable Focus Water Landove Dual Focusing Zoom 20-60x80 Spotting Scope Macro and Micro Adjustable Focus Water By Landove
8.4
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7 Authentic ROXANT Blackbird - High Definition Spotting Scope With ZOOM, Fully Multi Coated Authentic ROXANT Blackbird - High Definition Spotting Scope With ZOOM, Fully Multi Coated By Roxant
8.0
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8 SVBONY Spotting Scopes Outdoor Waterproof Scope 15-45x50/20-60x60/25-75x70 for Shooting Hunting Birdwatching Multi-Coated SVBONY Spotting Scopes Outdoor Waterproof Scope 15-45x50/20-60x60/25-75x70 for Shooting Hunting Birdwatching Multi-Coated By SVBONY
7.6
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9 BARSKA Benchmark 25-125x88 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope BARSKA Benchmark 25-125x88 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope By BARSKA
7.4
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10 BARSKA 15-40x50 Colorado Spotting Scope BARSKA 15-40x50 Colorado Spotting Scope By BARSKA
7.2
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Your Guide to Buying an Spotting Scopes Eric Hewitt

How to select a spotting scope

A spotting scope is a type of a telescope. Its shorter focal length makes it ideal for terrestrial observations, as well as stargazing. If you are an astronomer, a hobbyist, or a game hunter, you know its importance all too well. They come in varying optical and design standards. Therefore, it’s absolutely imperative to know about all the specifications, to know how to select the best spotting scope for your needs within your budget. Here is a thoroughly-researched buying guide after going through thousands of spotting scope reviews on the Internet.

Important Features

What should you consider when selecting a spotting scope?

Before wading through the market for purchasing a spotting scope, consider the factors listed below:

  • Go for higher magnification: Look for one with a higher magnification power. Spotting scopes are used in applications where larger magnifications are required. The objective lens diameter is also vital. A larger objective lens diameter allows more light into the scope, thereby resulting in a brighter image.

  • Decide between straight and angled scopes: Choose a straight scope if your object doesn’t require you to adjust the height of the scope a lot. These have parallel eyepieces and are more suitable for applications where your eyes will stay level with your viewing object. On the other hand, if you need to look up and down frequently to view your object, then the angled one is best for you.

  • Opt for magnesium fluoride coating: Try to buy lenses with this coating, as it reduces the unwanted glare due to reflection. A scope with a magnesium fluoride coating on the surface of the lenses ensures greater prevention of loss of light.

  • Check for a folded light path: If you are looking for a compact spotting scope with a long focal length, this is ideal for you. This is a combination of mirrors and lenses. This setup ensures that the focal length of the scope is longer than the total scope length.

  • Check eye relief: Eye relief is the distance between your eye and the spotting scope's eyepiece. Check for the proper eye relief that suits you best, especially if you wear glasses.

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