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Old October 2nd, 2019, 01:48 PM   #1
 
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Cool Spotting scope question...

I am considering a new spotting scope...the Leupold Ventana 2. Problem is, I've only had experience with straight scopes, and local stores don't carry many angled models. I will use the scope for .22 rimfire at the range, and birding with some wildlife spotting. Are the angled model(s) better for viewing?
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Old October 3rd, 2019, 12:20 PM   #2
 
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All my spotting scopes are angled, and I have never liked them, even though they work just fine. I've always felt they were somewhat awkward to me.
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They are kind of weird to get used to. A scope should be a pick up and look kind of thing, not wondering what it's looking at. A straight scope is more natural, just point it in the direction you wanna look.
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Define “better”. I’ve used both, I kinda like the angle. When we shoot the spotter generally sits with the scope on a low tripod between his legs.....Look down to view, look up to talk, there’s nothing in your face.

Optically there’s no difference, just different opinions.
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Just my two cents but I've owned a Simmons spotting scope for years well let's see 29 year's and it's spot on ( no pun intended ) And you can pick one up pretty reasonable on sportsman guide. I think I picked mine up at gander mountain at the time but anyways it hasn't failed me yet and I use it for shooting mainly but I have used it for spotting the field's for some nice bucks like this little guy right here. I was just minding my own business you know just watching the field's when this little Spike come out. LOL
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Woodsey495, that’s an impressive rack you’ve got there.
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I have both styles and use each for different things. I am more comfortable using the angled one at the range (spotting for myself or others) and the straight one for field/wildlife spotting (like birding).
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I have a Leupold 30X x 60mm straight spotting scope purchased in 1993 that is very sharp and clear. It's great for general observing but a bit awkward when used as a range spotting scope when it's on the bench beside me. I have to move to one side to use it. An angled scope would be a more convenient as it would put the eyepiece in a more accessible place.
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Like everything else, there are compromises. It is certainly easier to find your subject in a straight scope, this can be overcome with time and practice but your having mentioned birding makes it important. A scope that is looking the same direction as you are will always 'line up' with less effort. The angled scopes can be positioned so as to be viewed more easily from a shooting position. The idea there being to minimize how much you change anything about your position between shots to maintain consistency.
I still use an ancient (30+ years) straight B&L scope for most of my shooting, it is long, heavy and easy to knock off target but an old friend. I have a couple of much newer angled scopes as well, shorter and lighter they are mostly used when pistol shooting because our range has a pretty narrow bench.

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Like all scopes, they take a little practice.

If you learn to use a spotting scope, you will much prefer the angled viewer. It's better.

If you don't want to go through the learning, buy the straight tube. But if you spot for hours from a low prone position, your neck can be wreaked by the end of the day.

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I've been using a cheapy Bushnell 20X60 for the past 5 years. It has the angled eye piece, works pretty good out to 300 yards picking up .223 holes. Beyond that, it sux.
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I prefer the angled eye piece scope for the bench,it is just easier to use. For the field I like binoculars for the same reason.
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