Best Spotting Scopes

Spotting scopes are incredibly useful optical instruments as long as they’re used for the right purpose. As with anything, there isn’t a single best spotting scope, but there are a number of things that one has to consider to determine the most suitable buying option when looking for one. Let’s have a look at these factors.

Magnification – typically the magnification for spotter scopes starts at 20x and goes up to around 60x, though some models support higher figures. Note that the cheaper the product and optics, the worse will the scope’s performance at high power factors be.

Objective lens – the size of the front lens determines how much light goes into the scope and is crucial for its usability in dimmer light or higher magnifications.

Quality of optics – the quality of the glass components differs drastically between budget models and the best scopes on the market. Things like using BaK-4 prisms, lens coatings etc all increase brightness, contrast and sharpness of the image. The quality of the image can be (almost literally) like day and night even when comparing scopes with the same basic numbers.

Price – obviously it would be nice to buy a Swarovski, Leica or Zeiss scope, but few can afford this kind of an investment. Price is a major consideration, but must be weighed carefully against all the other factors, since cheap product tend to be “cheap” in terms of more than just price.

Since picking the top spotter scope is not an easy task, we try to make the job easier by reviewing the best models by type and application and showing you great choices in a wide range of prices.

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