Straight vs. Angled Spotting Scope:

Which Spotting Scope Body Style is Best for You

Straight vs. angled spotting scope

Straight vs. angled spotting scope? Its a tough decision!

The topic of Straight vs. Angled Spotting Scope is a discussion that has been and will be disputed for a long time.  It is hard enough just choosing which brand of spotting scope you will buy, then you have to decide the body style: Angled or Straight Spotting Scope.  Here we will discuss which spotting scope body style is best for you by looking at what is best for certain situations.

If you ask around or read forums on the topic of straight vs. angled spotting scope body styles, you will find that people have strong opinions of which is best.  I would be willing to bet that the one they think is best will usually be the body style they got use to first.  If their first spotting scope was angled, then that is probably the body style they will prefer, and vice versa.  That being said, it is advised that you get use to the body style that fits most of your activities best.

Angled Body Spotting Scopes

Angled body spotting scopes are best in several different situations.  Here are the pros and cons of an angled spotting scope over a straight spotting scope.

Straight vs. angled spotting scope

Angled Body Spotting Scope: Swarovski 20-60X60mm

Pros:

  1. Angled spotting scopes are a good option if there are going to be several people using it as it is easier to accommodate people of different heights, as you just lower your eye to the eye piece instead of bending your knees or standing on the tips of your toes.
  2. Best for situations when standing as it requires less height of a tripod
  3. Some say angled spotting scopes are more comfortable for long hours of glassing.

Cons:

  1. Not good for spotting while sitting in a vehicle using a window mount.
  2. Angled spotting scopes are harder for beginners to find game due to the angle.
  3. Does not pack into a back pack as well as a straight body style
  4. Due to the angle, the eyepiece is very exposed to the elements, mainly rain, snow, dust.

 

Straight Body Spotting Scopes

Straight body spotting scopes are best in several different situations.  Here are the pros and cons of a straight spotting scope over an angled spotting scope.

Pros:

Straight vs. angled spotting scope

Straight Body Spotting Scope: Swarovski 20-60X60mm Straight Body Spotting Scope

  1. A straight body is easier for finding the intended object making it especially better for beginners
  2. Best choice for using with a window mount from the seat of a vehicle.
  3. A straight Spotting scope takes up less room in a back pack due to its streamline shape.
  4. Straight body spotting scopes are slightly less expensive than angled body spotting scopes.
  5. The eye piece is 100% vertical making harder for dirt, dust, rain, snow, etc. to get on the eye piece lens.

Cons:

  1. Taller tripod needed for viewing in a standing position
  2. More adjustment needed when several viewers are using a straight vs. angled spotting scope.
  3. Less comfortable than angled body spotting scope for long glassing sessions due to neck positioning.

 

Authors Preference: Straight or Angled Spotting Scope

Like I said at the beginning of this article as to straight vs. angled spotting scopes, most people will prefer what they learn and become comfortable on first.  Due to the fact that I do a lot of back country glassing, packing my spotting scope in my back pack, as well as a lot of glassing from the comfort of my vehicle, the decision for me was simple to buy a straight spotting scope over an angled spotting scope.

Although I believe a straight body spotting scope is best for my situation, I do realize the value of an angled spotting scope.  My father has a Swarovski 20-60X80mm Angled Spotting Scope  that stays in the house or on the porch for viewing wildlife from the house.  There are several users a lot of the time and it gets a lot of use, so the angled is the best bet for this situation.  I have therefor become comfortable using angled or straight spotting scope body styles.

Decide and Go Glassing

I hope this has helped you to determine which spotting scope style is best for your situation, a straight or angled spotting scope.  For the most part, which ever option you go with, you should be able to get use to it.  The best thing you can do is figure out what points above best pertain to you, buy whichever will be best for your style of use, and go give it a try.  Be very careful with your new spotting scope in case you decide you would like the other body style; most places will let you return the spotting scope if you are unhappy with it.  The websites recommended by Artifact Outfitters are very good about returns and exchanges and will have the best prices available.

If you are in the market for a spotting scope, you should consider taking a look at the best spotting scopes for each price range here: www.BestforHunting.com/best-spotting-scope-for-hunting.  For other factors that should be focused on before buying a spotting scope, read this article: Choosing a Spotting Scope

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