[Tweeters] Spotting Scope Advice

Marc Hoffman tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Wed Aug 24 09:44:30 PDT 2011

Hi Blair,

The Seattle Audubon Store may have models you can try out. Online
articles will explain the various features to look for. Aside from
that, warranty and service policies may be of importance to you.

The angled eyepiece avoids having to adjust the height for each user,
so is handier for shared use.

Marc Hoffman
Kirkland, WA

At 09:22 AM 8/24/2011, you wrote:

>It became clear from my experience at the recent WOS Conference

>trips that I can no longer put off investing in a good spotting

>scope. Everyone was great about sharing but it is just not the same.

>On the various trips I had a chance to use various Swarovski, Kowa

>and Nikon scopes but none long enough to really form strong

>differential opinions. Also had a chance to use both angled and

>straight eyepiece configurations although the former seems to be far

>more common than the latter. I found it easier to line up the

>straight configuration but that may just be from past

>familiarity. Soooooooooo...I am seeking input/advice from

>Tweeter-land. There seem to be two levels: expensive and very

>expensive and also a variety of lens/eyepieces etc. As this will

>obviously be a large investment in any case, your thoughts here or

>to my personal e-mail would be greatly appreciated. And if there

>are any sources with some savings from the steep suggested retail

>prices, knowing those would be helpful. Thanks to all...


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