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Spotting scopes for birding: technical information
While many technical aspects of spotting scopes have a lot in common with binoculars and other optical devices, there are also important differences.
We invite you to explore this section where we discuss some specific qualities of spotting scopes themselves. There is also advice on how to set up and adjust your scope for best results.
Spotting scopes are normally supported on a tripod. But is it worth trying to get away without lugging a tripod along?
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…
Keen to get even closer views of birds? Magnification extenders increase zoom capacity. Is this the answer for you? We’ll help you decide >>>
Our top tips include: how to set up your scope, how to aim and focus, how to avoid eye strain. There’s more here >>>
For a step-by-step guide to mounting a spotting scope to a tripod using either a standard or a quick release attachment, click here >>>