4 Tips to Become a Spotting Scope Pro

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  1. FIND THE PERFECT SPOT. The first thing you’d want to do when you arrive at a certain location is to look for a flat surface. A flat surface means a steady view. Make sure there are no rocks on that spot as well. The second thing you ought to do is to lay down your sleeping pad. Why do you need to have one? To keep dirt away from your clothes and to make kneeling and sitting comfortable. Unless you’re aiming for an ache-filled glassing session, you should always have a pad in your backpack. Lastly, grab your backpack and use it as your backrest. The last method isn’t required when you’re kneeling, but if you’re sitting, I say it’s a must.

  1. PREP YOUR SCOPE THE RIGHT WAY. Setting your scope is one essential step. If you don’t know how to do this, you can’t be called a pro. So how do you do accomplish it? First, you’ve got to make sure your tripod’s in place and steady. Your spotting scope should be attached properly according to the instructions of the manufacturer. You should be aware of all the features of your tripod and scopes, even the quirky ones. You can’t glass animals if you don’t even know how to use your gear to its maximum capacity. If you’re going to glass on your knees, like what usual people do, then adjust your tripod to the ideal height. Make sure the eyepiece of your scope and your eye are comfortable with each other. If they aren’t, pause and adjust. You should achieve comfort. Otherwise, you’re causing your own headache.

  1. USE YOUR BINOCULARS. After you get your spotting scope where it needs to be, use your binoculars to scan the area first. The advantage of doing this is that you can quickly see animals that move fast. Binoculars have wider views so they can help you scan faster. When you’ve spotted the animal you want to scrutinize further, transfer to your spotting scope and target it where the animal is located. Do this by zooming the scope out first to locate the animal, then slowly zooming in to observe it. Make sure the animal is at the center of your scope. This process should be done slowly while you adjust the focus wheel of your scope. If you do this step fast, it’ll cause the view to blur and you’ll have to do it again. Make sure your one hand is on your scope’s focus and the other is not on your tripod as this may cause it to shake.

  1. FACE THE HEAT WAVES WISELY. Don’t run away from the sun and don’t cancel your glassing session just because you know the heat waves will distort your supposed-to-be-perfect view. Sure, you can’t miraculously make them disappear, but you can beat it by zooming out. When you zoom in too much, the thermal waves have a higher chance of distorting your view. So zoom out and enjoy your glassing session better! Also, it’s best to sit tight and watch out for passing clouds. They lessen heat waves and allow you to zoom in on the animal your eyes have been dying to examine. Remember: When the sun comes out again, you must zoom out.