Scopes for Birding
The purpose of the birding scope is so that you can see more details of the bird you’re viewing. You’ll be able to expand and enjoy that sight much more because the scope takes you beyond the range of typical binoculars. So yes, you do need one—if you’re a genuine birding enthusiast.
As with binoculars, the bird watching telescope should be lightweight and easy to carry. And to help you find your bird more quickly, it should have a good aiming device. This is where you have a choice of the straight scope or the angled scope.
Most bird enthusiasts prefer the angled over the straight-through scope for bird watching primarily because you can rotate the angled scope on its mount thereby giving you a wider view of the bird in sight. But with the straight spotting scope you’re looking straight at the bird. You’re facing the direction of the object you’re looking at. When the bird goes into flight you’re left only with time on your hands—and not enough of it to adjust your equipment quickly enough.
Since you can rotate the angled scope you can look from side to side or down into it. It’s easier for you to look up as opposed to getting down on your knees or contorting yourself to make yourself fit more to the scope’s direction.
Let’s say, for example, that you caught sight of a Rufous Hummingbird in a tree. You have a straight birding scope. First of all, the trouble you’d initially have mounting a straight-through scope high enough to get a good look at your little beauty was challenging. And again, the tripod you have may not even reach that high. However, with an angled scope, all you’d have to do it quickly rotate the scope and you wouldn’t miss the sight of those gorgeous tailfeathers.
Another advantage of the angled bird spotting scope is that it’s more user friendly for people of different heights. There’s no need to adjust the height of the scope to accommodate people of less than average height. You simply rotate the angled scope.
And yes, you can share your scope—your angled scope, that is. Because of its flexibility of adjustment, you, your friend, your friend’s friend—tall or short—can share your angled birding scope. All you have to do is set it and almost forget it--just rotate the scope so that the eyepiece is at the angle each person wants.
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