How To Use A Spotting Scope – Like A Real Expert
If you’re reading this, then I can bet on it that you have an insatiable desire to explore nature. The telescope has, since the time of Galileo, been a useful tool for the task. But you’ll agree with us that it isn’t quite as convenient as a spotting scope, especially when it comes to hunting and bird watching.
But here’s the punchline, having the right tool for the job doesn’t necessarily make you a pro, and a spotting scope is no exception. Without proper knowledge on how to use it, your dream of becoming a seasoned hunter may as well go down the drain. A stitch in time saves nine, so how about we give you some tips lest you run into bigger problems out there?
The purpose of this article is to educate you on how to use a spotting scope and graduate from a newbie to a pro scope user. We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible to accommodate even those that don’t have an idea about a spotting scope.
Best Place To Use A Spotting Scope
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The usefulness of a spotting scope depends on where you hunt and the type of hunting you engage in. That said, it can be your least or most used piece of hunting equipment.
So, What’s The Best Place To Put It Into Use
Well, a spotting scope is designed for hunters operating in expansive areas. Furthermore, the powerful magnification makes it unpractical to zero in on close targets. Therefore, it plays an important role when glassing from long distances, 100 yards or more.
What Do The Numbers Mean In A Spotting Scope
Maybe you’re using a scope for the first time and wondering what the numbers mean.
Well, Let’s Educate You On That.
There are two sets of numbers representing a spotting scope. For instance, you might find the number 20-60x80. The first set (20-60) represents a variable zoom or magnification ranging from 20x to 60x. The second number (80) represents the diameter of the objective lens, in this case, 80mm.
So What’s The Best Magnification
Most scopes have a variable magnification, from as low as 15-45x to as high as 20-60x. The higher the zoom (magnification), the more detail you get. Plus, you can always zoom out when needed.
How About The Ideal Lens Size
The ideal lens size will depend on your preference. For instance, are you after a better image quality or a small lightweight scope? A lens with a larger diameter translates to better light-gathering capability, hence brighter and clearer images. However, there’s a weight penalty when you go larger. For example, an objective lens of 80mm delivers superior image quality than that of 50mm but tends to be heavier.
Straight Vs. Angled scope: Which Is Better
Scopes come in two basic designs: those with a straight eyepiece and those with an angular eyepiece. The ideal one depends on the occasion at hand. A straight scope gives a straight alignment, an ideal choice for hunters stalking game with their head down low.
An angular scope lets you peer down the eyepiece. It’s comfortable for use for extended periods and convenient to share with other viewers. Angled scopes are ideal for most applications and make for convenient camera attachment.
Tips For Setting Up And Using A Spotting Scope
One thing to remember before getting started, the following are just but generic instructions for commonly used scopes. Therefore, there’s no shame in pulling out your user manual or consulting the manufacturer where necessary.
Any Considerations Before Getting Started
There are two considerations, both of which are of vital importance. First, you need support, in this case, a tripod. One with adjustable legs proves ideal. After all, you want a support that can fit any landbound. The next thing on the list is the atmospheric condition since the weather condition affects the clarity of the vision. Make sure to make proper adjustment for heat waves, humidity, and glare. Generally, a 60-degree resolution makes a good set for the usual days.
Now Down To The Setup. Here’s how to set the scope up on the tripod:
So, How Do You Tilt And Pan The Scope?
Locate the levers or locks on the tripod and use to unlock the tilt and pan locks. Some tripods come with a built-in locking mechanism that loosens with a twist of the handle.
NB: Never try to tilt or pan the spotting scope in itself. Always use the panhandle instead.
Now That The Scope Is In Place, What Next?
All that remains is finding your target, here how:
It doesn’t take a genius to glass like a legend. With the right spotting scope and the useful tips above, you have everything it takes to make the hunt go your way. Just make sure to use the guide in conjunction with your user manual for the best results.