Do not underestimate the process of purchasing a spotting scope. It can be overwhelming especially if you are not sure of what you want. Some people think that because there are many designs in the market, it will be easy to get one but this is not the case. If you are buying a scope for the first time, there are essential things you should consider when looking for the best budget spotting scope and some are discussed below. Read on.
The choice of glass quality depends on the purpose of your spotting scope. Manufacturers use ED, Fluoride coated or HD glasses to make spotting scope. Each type of glass provides different levels of brightness. You will notice spotting scopes from the same manufacturer but different resolutions in low or high lighting conditions. Understand the purpose of your scope before buying one.
Spotting scopes are categorized as medium range telescopes. The can zoom up to 60X. For the best results, you should invest in single zoom or fixed eyepieces. To get the best scanning features, we advise people to invest in low power eyepieces. If you cannot get such, set your eyepiece to the lowest zoom settings.
Spotting scopes use the same principle as binoculars to gather light. The size of the objective lens determines the gathering capacity. They are available between 50mm to 100mm. The bigger the size of the lens, the clearer and brighter the images are. However, the larger lens makes the spotting scope heavier.
Quality zoom lenses can magnify an image from 20X to 60X within seconds. Such lenses are best for bird watching because they will get you a clear picture and size of the bird. Using the zoom lenses, you can change your settings from low to high power in seconds. However, zoom lenses do not gather light, and they do not have fixed lenses. An increase in magnification reduces light and gives a narrower view.
Eye relief is another important feature and especially to eyeglass wearers. Spotting scopes with more extended eye relief features allow the user to get a stretched focal point hence a better view. The average eye relief spotting scopes range between 12mm to 15mm. Such are ideal for people with vision issues.