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Straight or angled spotting scope
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Contributors to this thread:
RonP 27-Apr-24
Ambush 27-Apr-24
DonVathome 27-Apr-24
Michael 27-Apr-24
Straight Shooter 27-Apr-24
WV Mountaineer 27-Apr-24
Basil 27-Apr-24
Basil 27-Apr-24
Matt 27-Apr-24
RonP 27-Apr-24
Bou'bound 27-Apr-24
Kurt 27-Apr-24
ILbowhntr 27-Apr-24
Beendare 27-Apr-24
Keepitreal 02-May-24
Keepitreal 02-May-24
Nick Muche 03-May-24
From: RonP
27-Apr-24
Although I own a cheap straight spotting scope, I have not used them much. I would appreciate your thoughts and preference of straight or angled, why, and additional information you care to share about the good and not so good of each. Thank you.

From: Ambush
27-Apr-24
What and where do you plan to hunt with it?

From: DonVathome
27-Apr-24
Personal call. I used a straight for a long time and 2 years ago got an angled. Still adjusting, easier and more comfortable sometimes - but not always. Much tougher to try to eyeball distant object them find in scope. With inline I can do it easily with angled much harder. I am fine with either Ambush has am good question and I will add are you going to be sitting or standing glassing most often? Standing I would want a straight for sure.

From: Michael
27-Apr-24
The 2 ways that I glass with a spotter are either through my drivers window or sitting on a ridge.

A strait scope is better suited for glassing from a truck window. In order to use my angle scope for this I have to rotate the body to the side to be able to get my eye up to the eye piece.

I prefer an angled while sitting and glassing from a tripod. With an angled scope my tripod is shorter which leads to being affected less by wind.

27-Apr-24
If you’re spending hours behind the glass IMO, angled is by far better and more comfortable.

27-Apr-24
I’m not a huge spotting scope guy. But, I like a curved eyepiece better in all but truck use.

From: Basil
27-Apr-24
Sometimes the angle really shines out of a vehicle. I find I often have to reposition the truck with a straight scope. More range of motion with the angled.

From: Basil
27-Apr-24

From: Matt
27-Apr-24
Depends on use. Angled if you will be glassing up or from a vehicle (presuming the scope is rotatable around its foot). Straight is a bit easier to aim for me.

From: RonP
27-Apr-24
thanks for the replies.

the intended use is mostly scouting from the truck and when not in the truck, sitting down. the game will be mostly elk and deer, and some antelope.

another use will just be watching wildlife.

From: Bou'bound
27-Apr-24
What’s is the incremental cost of getting both units to fit on your scope

From: Kurt
27-Apr-24
I prefer angled. Was easier to get full field of view as an eye glass wearer....just the ergonomics of the angled vs straight as they have the same eye relief with the same parents.

I also find it easier to digiscope with the angled as your phone sits a bit more on top of the eye piece vs dangling.

The Swaro comes with an external peep sight that aids in aiming the scope, great feature, especially when you are first using an angled scope.

From: ILbowhntr
27-Apr-24
I went with angled for most of the reasons already listed. Out of a truck window, I’m usually glassing up a mountain, so that’s never been a problem.

From: Beendare
27-Apr-24
Out of a truck window- Straight

Sitting and glassing- angled

From: Keepitreal
02-May-24
I have been using the offset Leopold for over 15 years. (Same scope, no problems) I guide elk hunts in an area where glassing is key. The offset design is very portable for taking along in a hunt as well as from a pickup. Because it is shorter it is much easier to pack and easier to deal with in a vehicle too. I also use a full hight conjunction Tripod that does not have the center post. My tripod is also used for many other aspects of hunting. If you are also looking for a hunting tripod then look up the Top Hand Tripod. Can't go wrong at 2.5 lbs and you use it to help part out your elk.

From: Keepitreal
02-May-24
Also the lower 12 power of the Leopold is crucial for low light which is more often when game is seen. I would much rather have the 12-40 than the 20-60 any day.

From: Nick Muche
03-May-24
Ron, it may be cheaper to buy a horse and just beat it to death.

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