Spotting scopes are normally supported on a tripod. But is it worth trying to get away without lugging a tripod along?
The best equipment for bird watching: guides and reviews
The best gear and optical instruments will help you to enjoy bird watching at whatever level, whether it is amateur or professional. There is so much great birding equipment available. If you need help to narrow down your choices you have come to the right place.
We sum up the features to look for when shopping for bird-watching gear, including binoculars, spotting scopes, monoculars, field guides, tripods and much more. Our buying guides will help you to pinpoint exactly which models are best for your birding requirements.
Wondering how to set up a tripod? The best position depends on factors such as whether you have a straight or angled scope. We explain why…
Take flight with the perfect monopod for birding. Follow our top tips to choose the best monopod for your needs and watch your feathered friends up close and personal.
Here we cover the pros and cons of using a monopod while on a hike, with a look at whether monopods are a good alternative to trekking poles.
Unsure about taking a monopod on a plane for a bird-watching trip? Find out if it’s best to bring a monopod as carry-on or checked luggage.
Learn tips and tricks for keeping your monopod in top condition. For the right tools and techniques for cleaning, care, and storage, read on
Learn how to set up your monopod for a stable, shake-free view of the birds, and make the most of our top tips for best use in all weathers.
Keen to get even closer views of birds? Magnification extenders increase zoom capacity. Is this the answer for you? We’ll help you decide >>>
Want to take your spotting scope on a birding trip but not sure if it should travel with you or in the hold? We explain the best choice >>>
Learn how to position your body in a relaxed but stable stance, and how to use objects in your environment to help you hold binoculars steady.
In search of a sturdy and stable heavy duty tripod? These reviews sum up the best features of full size tripods >>>
What is the easiest way to transport your tripod on a plane? Find out whether it’ll be better in the hold or in hand luggage here >>>