Angled VS. Straight Spotting Scopes: Which to Choose?

Angled VS. Straight Spotting Scopes: Which to Choose?
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Confused? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. We’ll lay down the advantages and disadvantages of each type of spotting scope and leave the decision to your hands after. Ready to SPOT the differences?

ANGLED SPOTTING SCOPE

Pros

Cons

  1. Easy to carry
  1. Glassing at downhill angles can be difficult—it may not require you to grab a chair but it’ll require some serious adjusting just to perfectly see what’s down below
  1. Great for glassing a terrain

2. To get a better view, you’ll need to adjust its rotating collar if you’re in a vehicle (this is a little time-consuming)

  1. Compatible with a short tripod, making it shake less and easier to keep steady especially since the movement of the wind is almost incontrollable

3. It’s a little burdensome to pack
  1. Glassing with an angled spotting scope isn’t affected because the tripod is shorter

4. Unless you place its eye cap before you take a short break, it can quickly gather snow or water because your eye isn’t always on the scope

  1. Can be used by both a short and a tall person thanks to its adjustable rotating collar
  1. Its tripod is lighter
  1. Looking up is hassle-free because you just have to bend your head a little to get a view of the bird on a tree
  1. Easy on your neck
  1. Can be used for digiscoping

STRAIGHT SPOTTING SCOPE

Pros

Cons

  1. With your window mount, viewing from a vehicle isn’t strenuous because you don’t have to adjust a rotating collar

  1. It can cause discomfort in your neck especially if you need to bend down all the time

  1. Scanning an animal is easy

2. The tripod you’ll use with it should be tall in order to scan the animals properly which makes it harder to keep the tripod in place because of the wind’s movement.

  1. You’ll acquire your target fast
3. Difficult to use when viewing extreme uphill angles.
  1. Dependable even when viewing extreme downhill angles

4. Should be mounted at your eyes’ height

  1. Won’t gather snow or rain even when you take a short break
  1. Easier to pack
  1. Perfect for sharing
  1. Ideal for beginners
  1. Switching from binoculars mounted on tripod to a spotting scope is effortless

Obviously, they both have the same number of pros and cons. The decision now relies on your personal preference. No spotting scope is perfect and both have advantages and disadvantages. If you’re a beginner, you might want to start with a straight one first and if it’s not giving you the satisfaction you want, you can always switch to an angled spotting scope. Note that a lot of people, even I, would prefer the angled spotting scope. But like I mentioned, it all boils down to personal taste. If you’re looking to buy a spotting scope we have great news for you. We just releashed a new guide on how to choose the perfect spotting scope for your needs.