Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Scoping for Signs of Spring

On Sunday morning there was a lot of activity in the backyard. I spotted the Red Fox racing down the bike path and many birds tirelessly visiting the backyard feeder. While looking through binoculars at the perpetually hungry American Goldfinches, I thought I glimpsed a spot of yellow. My spotting scope (always set up in the kitchen) provided evidence that it wasn't wishful thinking. There really was yellow!kw_tsn663_200.jpg A sure sign of spring amid the light snow flurries.

Beside offering signs of springtime, using sport optics has brought many new dimensions to my 20 plus years of watching nature. A few months ago, I added a spotting scope and now fully understand why nature lovers will carry a spotting scope in the field. Recently the Eagle Optics Staff compared some of our favorite spotting scopes. We often recommend the Nikon Fieldscope 13-30x50 ED and the Leupold Golden Ring 15-30x50 for travelers or hikers wanting dependable performance in a easy to carry package. For the birder who likes a little more power, our staff leans toward the Stokes Sandpiper 15-45x65, the Kowa TSN 663 spotting scope, or the Zeiss Diascope 65mm. Digiscopers and naturalists are drawn to the increased light gathering ability of the larger spotting scopes. The Bushnell Elite ED 20-60x80, Pentax PF-80 ED with 21-63 zoom and Swarovski 80 mm spotting scope will all deliver great performance.

These are only a few of the spotting scopes we like to recommend. There are many variables to consider when selecting a spotting scope and the best way to choose the right one for you is by calling us at 1-800-289-1132.


Eagle Optics Staff

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