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Best Spotting Scopes

Updated December 2018
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    Spotting scopes are small, portable telescopes that are commonly used for activities such as bird-watching, hunting, and surveillance. Spotting scopes provide more magnification than binoculars, can be used during the day, and can easily be mounted on a standard tripod. To find the best spotting scope for you, it’s important to keep certain features in mind. Magnification is how far a scope can zoom in, and can reach more than 100x on some spotting scopes. Lens size plays a huge role in image quality, but factors like weather and atmosphere will have an effect on magnification quality as well. A spotting scope with a high quality optical system will retain its high quality image even after zooming in. The more expensive the scope, the higher quality the optical system.

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      Web Producer
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      Katie
      Editorial Director
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      Samantha
      Writer

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