Birding with a spotting scope

Nature lovers who enjoy birdwatching are always on the lookout for the best opportunity to  get a close-up view of that rare bird in the wild because they know some golden opportunities that come are a once in a lifetime experience. Most bird lovers are armed with birding binoculars as the minimum when it comes to optical equipment but there are a few times when the binoculars will not bring you close enough; this is especially true in a case where you want to look at that bird in the eye and confirm its identity so you can build your life list-nothing gives you a better experience than a spotting scope.


Spotting scopes are packed with highly incredible magnification that you cannot find in any other simple and lightweight optical equipment that is also durable enough to do correct fieldwork while still boasting to be the best optical quality birding tool. With the traditional bird watching binoculars that are found at the heart of every birder’s kit, you need to get close enough for you to view your bird. The spotting scope, on the other hand, is getting more popular because you can afford to stay at a safe distance and still be able to watch your bird; you get much closer to action without creating any suspicion or disturbance.

When most people look at a spotting scope they easily confuse it with a telescope because they almost look alike. However, it is more closely related to a monocular because of its ability to create an image that is the right side up. The spotting scope also comes with larger magnification capabilities and this gives it an edge over most binoculars; there are spotting scope eyepieces that can deliver up to 60 X magnifications or even higher. While there may be a few telescopes that you can use to make terrestrial observations after adding a few accessories, many of them come with coatings and optics that are specifically designed for celestial observations and, therefore, removing any potential for nice viewing especially in terms of color and resolution.

The spotting scope has been specifically designed as an optical instrument for terrestrial observation; whether you are looking at the optics, optical coatings or the housing. While you can still use a spotting scope to observe and admire the moon, planets and the stars, you may not get such a good image like you would do with a purpose built celestial scope. Acquiring a good spotting scope will change your birding experience forever; it provides the user with a more detailed observation and it is actually the fastest way to take your birding career in leaps and bounds; and since they are not heavy, you only need a small-sized tripod and you are home and dry with birding using a spotting scope.