Kiwi Binoculars carries a wide range of spotting scopes, which are ideal for an array of activities such as surveillance, military applications, scientific monitoring, hunting, bird watching and beyond.

What are spotting scopes?

Spotting scopes are terrestrial telescopes, so rather than being used for viewing the skies and stars, these telescopes are used for viewing the earth and landscape.

Spotting scopes feature a higher magnification than monoculars and binoculars, with magnifications ranging from 20x to 80x. Higher and lower magnifications are relatively rare, as the magnification power impacts the brightness of the image and the degree of wobble or shake. In fact, high-magnification scopes typically require a tripod as otherwise, the wobble is simply too great to view a clear image.

Most spotting scopes feature an objective lens with a diameter of between 50 to 80 mm. When it comes to these scopes, the larger the objective lens diameter, the more powerful the scope is and the larger (and more expensive) it will be.

Unlike monoculars and binoculars, spotting scopes typically feature interchangeable eye pieces for different applications. They may feature “straight-through” style eye pieces, or angled eyepieces, with the viewing area positioned at a 45-degree angle to the length of the scope body. This allows for more comfortable viewing in many settings.

Spotting scopes also tend to be a bit more durable and rugged than monoculars, since these scopes are primarily designed for use outdoors.

Trying to decide between a spotting scope or monoculars? Monoculars are generally utilised for short term viewing activities – quick peeks here and there that require moderate magnification. On the other hand, spotting scopes are appropriate for more extended viewing activities and applications that require more powerful magnification.