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Kowa TSN-99S 30-70x99 Prominar Spotting Scope Zoom Kit (Straight Viewing)

Kowa TSN-99S 30-70x99 Prominar Spotting Scope Zoom Kit (Straight Viewing)

B&H # KOTSN99SZMK MFR # TSN 99S ZOOM KIT
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 30-70x Wide-Angle Zoom Eyepiece
  • Massive 99mm Objective Lens System
  • Fluorite Crystal & ED Glass Elements
$4,19900
In Stock
Kowa TSN-553 15-45x55 PROMINAR Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

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
Reg. $1,999.00
Save $400.00
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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
In Stock

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
In Stock

Celestron Hummingbird 9-27x56 ED Micro Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CE927X56EDMS MFR # 52308
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • 56mm Objective Lens
  • Fully Multi-Coated
$33495
In Stock

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
In Stock

Vortex 13-39x56 Razor HD Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO1339X56AV MFR # RS-56A
Key Features
  • 13-39x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 56mm Objective Lens
  • Apochromatic Index-Matched Lenses
  • Dielectric & Phase-Coated Roof Prism
$99999
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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
$3,19900
Reg. $3,699.00
Save $500.00
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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
In Stock

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

B&H # CEU80 MFR # 52250
Key Features
  • Waterproof
  • Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Wide-Angle Zoom Eyepiece
  • 40-60° Apparent Angle of View
$19840
In Stock

Celestron TrailSeeker 80 20-60x80 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CETS8045 MFR # 52332
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 80mm Objective Lens
  • XLT Fully Multi-Coated Optics
$27200
In Stock

Vanguard 20-60x82 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

Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # VO1545X65S MFR # V501
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 65mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
$69999
In Stock

Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO1545X65A MFR # V500
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 65mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
$69999
In Stock

Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # VO2060X85S MFR # V503
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 85mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
$89999
In Stock

Vortex Razor HD 22-48x65 Spotting Scope Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # VO2248X65SSQ
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 22-48x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 65mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric Coated Porro Prism
$1,31800
In Stock

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

B&H # VO2760X85SSQ
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 27-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 85mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric Coated Porro Prism
$1,79800
In Stock

Celestron LandScout 12-36x60 Spotting Scope Digiscope Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # CE1236X60SSK MFR # 52422
Key Features
  • Capture Photos & Video through Scope
  • Fits Most Popular Smartphones
  • 45° Angled-Viewing Configuration
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
$8995
In Stock
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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

Vortex Diamondback HD 16-48x65 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # VO1648X65DHS MFR # DS-65S
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 16-48x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 65mm Objective Lens
  • High-Density, Extra Low-Dispersion Glass
$39999
In Stock

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
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

Vortex Diamondback HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # VO2060X85DHS MFR # DS-85S
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 85mm Objective Lens
  • High-Density, Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
$49999
In Stock

Vortex 13-39x56 Razor HD Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # VO1339X56SV MFR # RS-56S
Key Features
  • 13-39x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 56mm Objective Lens
  • Apochromatic Index-Matched Lenses
  • Dielectric & Phase-Coated Roof Prism
$82899
Special Order
Expected availability: May 29, 2024

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

B&H # KOTSN554CK
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 55mm Objective Lens
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion PROMINAR Glass
$1,72400
Reg. $2,124.00
Save $400.00
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Swarovski ATX Interior 25-60x85mm Spotting Scope Kit (Angled Viewing)

B&H # SW2560X85AIK MFR # 86900
Key Features
  • Special "Terra" Color and Bronze Details
  • Comfortable 45° Angled Viewing
  • Powerful 25-60x Zoom Eyepiece Module
  • Large 85mm Objective Lens Module
$5,64900
In Stock

Barska 20-60x60 Colorado WP Spotting Scope with Case/Tripod (Straight Viewing)

B&H # BA2060X60CWP MFR # CO11216
Key Features
  • 20-60x Magnification, 60mm Objective
  • Water & Fogproof Construction
  • Straight-Body Eyepiece Viewing
  • Porro Prism Design
$10495
Special Order
Expected availability: 3-7 Business Days

Barska 30-90x90 WP Colorado Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # BA3090X90CWP MFR # CO11218
Key Features
  • 30-90x Magnification
  • 90mm Objective
  • BK7 Porro Prism
  • Fully Coated Optics
$13268
In Stock

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.