Both binoculars and spotting scopes are used for related applications, which makes it hard to decide which one will you go for. However, even if both binoculars and spotting scopes are similar in nature, they still have a few key differences. In this article, we will provide you some good reasons to choose a spotting scope over a binocular, as well as a few product recommendations. Without further ado, let’s start:
- Spotting scopes have superior magnification levels
Spotting scopes may be bulkier and requires more set up when compared with binoculars, however, they have an apparent advantage over normal binoculars, which is their superior magnification levels. Even cheap spotting scopes can feature up to 60x magnification levels, while you need to spend a lot of money to get a binocular with the same specs.
Spotting scopes also enjoys the advantage of a stable view, especially when used with the tripod that scopes are normally bundled with. This makes spotting scopes more suitable for sighting at greater distances. If you zoom in too much with a binoculars, even just a slight movement will cause the view to jerk around, which can cause inconvenience.
- Provides the best features if you are going to be stationary
Binoculars are designed for people who are moving from one place to another while hunting, sightseeing, or whatever activity they do. On the other hand, spotting scopes are perfect if you are just staying in one place, with minimal movement between places. This is because the tripod of spotting scopes provides the best viewing experience, however, it may hinder your mobility with the packing and unpacking of tripods whenever you are changing locations.
As such, spotting scopes are perfect if you are sightseeing, target shooting, or watching the skies. Meanwhile, if you are doing a lot of moving, (ie: you are actively hunting or hiking) a pair of binoculars will be better suited for you.
Spotting scope product recommendations
If you are looking for the best long-range scope for your 6.5 Creedmoor or for any other ammunition type, you came to the right place. Below are some product recommendations
- Redfield Rampage 20-60x60mm Straight Eyepiece Spotting Scope
The Redfield Rampage 20-60x60mm Straight Eyepiece Spotting Scope is a great match if you are using a rifle that uses 6.5 Creedmoor ammo. It features a magnification level that can zoom in as far as 60x, which allows you to use the spotting scope on a wide variety of uses. It also features a Refractable lens shade housed within a hard polycarbonate scope build. The package of the scope includes a mounting tripod, case, straps, storage unit, cover for the eyepiece, and cover for the lens. It also features a professional level BAK4 prism which guarantees the durability of this product.
- Celestron – Ultima 80 Angled Spotting Scope – 20 to 60x80mm Zoom Eyepiece
This scope is a good choice regardless of your intended use – it will do well for hunting, wildlife watching, or just appreciating the scenery of nature. It features multi coated lens with anti-reflective coatings which will ensure that you will be able to see clearly even when directly under the sun, or on low light conditions. It also allows users to take advantage of the brightness which will otherwise be a hindrance.