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    Default Spotting Scopes

    I'm looking around at getting a spotting scope, but haven't really a clue, so any advice would be most welcome

    Which do people prefer, straight or angled eyepieces?

    What magnification/diameter lens would be best?

    I'm not looking to spend a fortune, just something that is reasonable. At the moment I'm tending towards the lower end Nikon models, something like the ProStaff.

    Thanks very much
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    Default Re: Spotting Scopes

    Swarovski all the way Brook!
    I have an angled scope which i personally find easier - means you don't have to extend the tripod as high (alot of tripods won't go high enough for a comfortable height anyway) and also I think its easier when sharing in a group situation.
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    Default Re: Spotting Scopes

    I've got a 80mm Nikon fieldscope - ~$1000 about 4 years ago. with a spotting scope, get the best you can reasonably afford. Swarovski's are very very nice, but I think the best one i've ever looked through is the 88mm Kowa - it's a monster of a scope, but jeez... it's awesome. don't neglect the tripod either - you'll need a good sturdy tripod. I'm a fan of angled eyepieces - you look around for targets with the bins then you can just look straight down into the eyepiece. i've got a zoom eyepiece (20-60x) but it's rubbish above 40. if i wasn't gettign the 500mm lens, i'd probably get a fixed 20x eyepiece as it gets slightly wider fov and a slightly better picture quality.

    similar to the bins question in the other thread - get yourself to a decent store (bintel etc) and try out everything in your price range. look for abberation on the edges of the FOV. if you want to travel a lot with it, 60mm fits easier into bags for online carriage, but i've had my scope, bins and camera with the 100-400 and 100mm macro lens in my carry on airline luggage with room for a book.
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    Default Re: Spotting Scopes

    What's the matter Troy? Don't trust the handlers at the airport?

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    Default Re: Spotting Scopes

    haha..! well either them or the baggage claim - somethings going to go wrong and wreck my expensive toys! had the issue a few years back getting off at Cairns in late november, and wanted to put the bins onto some fig parrots (or so i thought) and the humidity/temp increase after the 3.something hour flight of AC meant the bins (and lens, and scope, and my glasses) were useless for about an hour until they acclimatised. Geez I love cairns in the leadup to the wet.
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    Default Re: Spotting Scopes

    Hahaha! Welcome to my life. I go out on the Esplanade every day after work with my binos/camera and encountered the same problem. Now I store my optics in the store room outside in order to avoid the air conditioning.

    Cairns' weather is a pain at times but I love it! The GF is desperate to leave though...

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