Not sure if binoculars or spotting scopes are best for your style of birding? We’ll analyze the finer points of both to help you decide > > >
Many nature lovers begin their bird-watching adventures with binoculars and decide to add a spotting scope to develop their skills and enjoyment.
A spotting scope is an invaluable tool for long-distance viewing. Most birders love the increased magnification for close-up images. If you are considering the upgrade to a spotting scope, our clear and straightforward guides can help.
Find out what to consider when choosing a spotting scope and how to pick the best one for you >>>
Can I hand hold a spotting scope, without a tripod?
Spotting scopes are normally supported on a tripod. But is it worth trying to get away without lugging a tripod along?
Top tips on setting up a tripod for a spotting scope
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…
Is a magnification extender worth it?
Keen to get even closer views of birds? Magnification extenders increase zoom capacity. Is this the answer for you? We’ll help you decide >>>
Can I carry a spotting scope on a plane?
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 >>>
How to use a spotting scope for birding
Our top tips include: how to set up your scope, how to aim and focus, how to avoid eye strain. There’s more here >>>