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    Does anyone use a spotting scope for wildlife watching? RSPB produce an AG 60 and 80 - any views would be appreciated.

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    I do.

    Where are you planning on using it? on walks/backpacking or just at reserves?

    For the former you are best off just using binoculars, the latter a scope brings a whole new level to the experience.

    Saying that though, scopes can be used on walks/ backpacking but those ones are typically smaller and suited for use with a monopod.

    Don't forget the tripod!

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    right! thats it!

    firefox can do one!

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    Sometimes...... just sometimes..................I wish I had never asked

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    so do we.....

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    I thought that after the court case involving Ethel from number 32, you'd been banned from owning any image enhancing equipment, Bloof?

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    See what I mean

    It's a birthdaypresent for my little boy who loves watching birds of prey.

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    And anyway... It was Georgina from number 16. The judge ruled that the number 32 incident had insufficient evidence

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    Quote Originally Posted by FB View Post

    It's a birthdaypresent for my little boy who loves watching birds of prey.
    Great.

    Now I have guilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by FB View Post

    See what I mean

    It's a birthdaypresent for my little boy who loves watching birds of prey.
    AG 60, and the RSPB tripod 2 then.

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    Thanks Ant - have you used one?

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    Not used one but considering it's for your son your best off getting the lighter option. Typically with Scopes the larger the front lens the better the image quality but the heaver they are and a heavier-stronger tripod is neede and they get rather bulky.

    My scope and tripod weighs a little under 4kg, and the tripod takes up a lot of room in the rucksack.

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    OK thanks Ant.


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    I wouldnt bother with a spotter my preferance would be for a high power (15x)pair of bins on a pod, much more verastile and much better to use for long(er) periods of time.The pair I have in mind are made by Minox.

    The problem with spotters is the very limited field of view, and if he is trying to watch birds on the wing then they are next to usless IMO

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    He has bins, David. The scope is for general wildlife.... but I will take on board what you have said.

    Which Minox - do you have a link?

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    These are the pair I used http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/minox.pl?page=62132

    After using them I left my Pentax ED spotter in the truck

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    Thanks David

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