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Vortex Razor HD 27-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

Vortex Razor HD 27-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO2760X85SSA MFR # RS-85A
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 27-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 85mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric Coated Porro Prism
$1,69999
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Kowa TSN-554 15-45x55 PROMINAR Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

Kowa TSN-554 15-45x55 PROMINAR Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN554 MFR # TSN-554
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 55mm Objective Lens
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion PROMINAR Glass
$1,58900
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Kowa TSN-553 15-45x55 PROMINAR Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN553 MFR # TSN-553
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 55mm Objective Lens
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion PROMINAR Glass
$1,59900
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Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO2060X85A MFR # V502
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 85mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
$89999
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Vortex Diamondback HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO2060X85DHA MFR # DS-85A
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 85mm Objective Lens
  • High-Density, Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
$49999
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Swarovski 17-40x56 ATC Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Green)

B&H # SW1740X56AGR MFR # 48900
Key Features
  • 56mm Objective Lens
  • Unimpeded Turning of Focus/Zoom Wheels
  • 88% Light Transmission
  • Phone Adapter Allows Smartphone Use
$2,56900
In Stock

Swarovski ATX/STX/BTX 115mm Objective Lens Module (Eyepiece Module Required)

B&H # SW115MOL MFR # 48815
Key Features
  • Eyepiece Module Required
  • Large 115mm Objective Lens
  • Field-Flattener Lens System
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Fluoride HD Glass
$3,29900
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Celestron LandScout 20-60x80 Spotting Scope Digiscope Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CE2060X80LS MFR # 52329
Key Features
  • Universal Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter
  • Tabletop Tripod with Pan-Tilt Head
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • Powerful 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
$14995
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Celestron C90 Mak Spotting Scope

B&H # CEC90M MFR # 52268
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • Multi-Coated Optics
  • 45° Erect-Image Diagonal
  • Erect-Image 8x21 Finderscope
$24435
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Vortex Diamondback HD 16-48x65 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO1648X65DHA MFR # DS-65A
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 16-48x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 65mm Objective Lens
  • High-Density, Extra Low-Dispersion Glass
$39999
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Vanguard 20-60x80 Endeavor HD 82A Angled-Viewing Spotting Scope Bundle with Tripod & Digiscoping Adapter

B&H # VAEHD82ABDL MFR # ENDEAVOR HD 82A BDL
Key Features
  • Ideal for Terrestrial & Celestial Uses
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
$49999
In Stock

Swarovski ATX/STX/BTX 95mm Objective Lens Module (Eyepiece Module Required)

B&H # SW95MOL MFR # 48895
Key Features
  • Eyepiece Module Required
  • 95mm Objective Lens
  • Field-Flattener Lens System
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Fluoride HD Glass
$2,39900
In Stock

Kowa TSN-99A 30-70x99 Prominar Spotting Scope Zoom Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN99AZMK MFR # TSN 99A ZOOM KIT
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 30-70x Wide-Angle Zoom Eyepiece
  • Massive 99mm Objective Lens System
  • Fluorite Crystal & ED Glass Elements
$3,99900
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Barska 15-40x50 Colorado Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # BA1540X50CSS MFR # CO11500
Key Features
  • 15-40x Magnification
  • 50mm Objective Lens
  • BK7 Porro Prism
  • Multi-Coated Optics
$3499
In Stock

Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CEC70MM MFR # 52238
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 32-52.5° Apparent Angle of View
  • Includes: 25-75x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Tabletop Tripod
$12999
In Stock

Celestron Ultima 80 20-60x80mm Spotting Scope and Smartphone Adapter Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CEU80SSK MFR # 52350
Key Features
  • Capture Photos & Video through Scope
  • Fits Most Popular Smartphones
  • Angled-Viewing Spotting Scope
  • Multi-Coated Lenses
$23399
In Stock

Bushnell Trophy Xtreme 20-60x65 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # BU2060X65 MFR # 886520
Key Features
  • Straight Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 65mm Objective Lens
  • BAK4 Porro Prisms
$24218
In Stock

Kowa TSN-501 20-40x50 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN501 MFR # TSN-501
Key Features
  • Compact and Lightweight Design
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 20-40x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 50mm Objective Lens
$39900
In Stock

Barska Blackhawk 25-75x100mm WP Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # BA2575X100BH MFR # AD12164
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 25-75x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Multi-Coated Optics
  • Water and Fogproof
$43750
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Nikon ProStaff 5 20-60x82 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # NIPS582AZFS MFR # 6975
Key Features
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • AAoV of 39.9°
  • BAK4 Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
  • Built-In Sliding Sunshade
$59695
In Stock

Celestron C5 50x Spotting Scope with EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit (OTA Only)

B&H # CEC5SBSFK
Key Features
  • 50x Long Eye Relief Eyepiece
  • 6x30 Erect-Image Finderscope
  • ISO-Certified Safe Solar Filter
  • Tripod Required, Not Included
$63990
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Celestron Regal M2 100ED Spotting Scope with 22-67x Eyepiece (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CERM2100EDSS MFR # 52306
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 22-67x Eyepiece Magnification
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Objective
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
$89900
In Stock
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Pentax PF-85EDA 85mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # PESSPF85EDA MFR # 70970
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • Eyepiece Required for Use
  • Extra-low Dispersion Lenses
  • Antireflection Fully Multicoated Glass
$1,03996
Temporarily Out of Stock
Expected availability: 7-14 business days
New Arrival

Pentax PF-85EDA 85mm Spotting Scope and 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # PEPF85EDA MFR # 70971
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • Eyepiece with 20-60x Magnification
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Lenses
  • Antireflection Fully Multicoated Glass
$1,27996
Temporarily Out of Stock
Expected availability: 7-14 business days

Swarovski 17-40x56 STC Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing, Green)

B&H # SW1740X56SGR MFR # 48902
Key Features
  • 56mm Objective Lens
  • Unimpeded Turning of Focus/Zoom Wheels
  • 88% Light Transmission
  • Phone Adapter Allows Smartphone Use
$2,56900
In Stock

Swarovski ATS-65 HD 20-60x65mm Spotting Scope with Eyepiece (Angled Viewing)

B&H # SWATS65HD20 MFR # 86314
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Magnification Eyepiece
  • Apochromatic HD Fluoride Glass Elements
  • SWARODUR/SWAROTOP High-Contrast Coatings
$2,66800
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Kowa TSN-66A 66mm PROMINAR Spotting Scope with TE-11WZ II Eyepiece (Angled Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN66AZSET MFR # TSN-66A ZM SET
Key Features
  • Compact, Highly Portable Spotter
  • Pure Fluorite Crystal Objective Lens
  • Durable, Lightweight Magnesium Chassis
  • 25-60x Eyepiece
$2,75900
In Stock

Kowa TSN-88A 88mm PROMINAR Spotting Scope Kit with TE-11WZ II WA-Zoom Eyepiece (Angled Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN88AZMS MFR # TSN-88A ZM SET
Key Features
  • 25-60x Eyepiece
  • Ultralow Dispersion Lenses
  • Dual Focus
  • Water & Fogproof Magnesium Body
$3,69900
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The Scoop on Spotting Scopes

Spotting scopes are small telescopes intended for terrestrial viewing. Available with either straight or angled bodies, they're fitted with image-erecting prism systems, and offer magnifications between 14X and 60X. This is higher than most binoculars, but lower than refractor telescopes.

Their magnifying power, flexibility, and compact size make spotting scopes popular with hunters, birdwatchers, wildlife buffs, and surveillance experts. Some models can also function as telephoto lenses when you attach them to cameras or mobile devices.


How to Choose a Spotting Scope

Spotting scopes are labeled with three numbers. The first two, usually separated by a dash, represent the zoom range, and the number after the X represents the diameter of the lens. Thus, a scope marked as 20-60x80 would feature a front lens measuring 80mm in diameter, and a magnification, or zoom, ranging from 20 to 60 times.

As a rule, the larger the lens, the brighter and clearer the image quality will be, and the wider the field of view. However, a large lens also makes the scope bulkier and heavier. Ultimately, the standard of the optics determines the quality of the image, with high-end brands such as Nikon spotting scopes offering outstanding clarity even at high magnification.


Best Spotting Scopes for Birding

Ornithologists are well served with compact, lightweight models with waterproof and fog-proof qualities to handle life in the field. You can also find high-definition models such as Leupold spotting scopes that deliver superior image quality. Most beginners prefer straight scopes, while angled models are more flexible and comfortable, and let you use lower tripods. Some scopes allow you to shift between angled and straight modes by changing a module on the back of the unit.


Popular Accessories for Spotting Scopes

With so many people using their smartphones for photography, it's natural that you can find accessories known as digiscoping adapters that can hook them up to spotting scopes to take photographs. These frames have grips to hold the mobile device and adapters to fit the camera lens to the scope's eyepiece.

Tripods are necessary to provide stability and to avoid the fatigue that comes from holding scopes for long periods. The good news is that most scopes fit on ordinary photo tripods, so you can use your existing camera tripod or monopod should you have one. Otherwise, you can choose from a wide range of optics tripods and support equipment to suit your needs. Other popular accessories include padded carrying cases.


Check out the extensive range of spotting scopes for sale, along with solar telescopes and much more, at B&H Photo and Video.