What are the things to look for when buying a scope for outdoor activities?
Whether your favorite outdoor activity is bird-watching or hunting, you’ll need a good spotting scope. There are many options to choose from, and for sure there will be something that fits your expected price range. But in general, here are some of the most important things to look for when buying spotting scopes:
- Power: 20-60x80mm. According to StayOnTrails.com, the most effective spotting scopes often have this magnification capability. Remember though that when the maximum magnification is reached, most spotting scopes usually become faulty and exhibit chromatic aberration.
- Multi-coated lens. This feature ensures that your spotting scope will absorb light and not reflect it.
- Field of View. You will need a large field of view if you’re going to use the spotting scope for birding. You don’t need to look much into this feature if you’re using the scope for activities like target shooting where focus distance is a more important thing to consider than field of view.
Finally, your spotting scope must be weatherproof. It must be able to withstand the constantly changing weather in the outdoors. StayOnTrails.com has a buyer’s guide for those looking for a good spotting scope. Read more here.