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How To Buy Hunting Optics
Scopes and spotting scopes are both very similar to binoculars. They are used mainly for hunting in order to get a better look at your prey when it is too far to be seen by the naked eye.
How to buy spotting scopes
Spotting scopes are used primarily by serious nature observers and photographers and can be viewed as a step up from binoculars.
Spotting scopes generally offer significantly more power than binoculars and can be placed on a tripod for steadier viewing
Spotting scopes also generally offer a zoom feature that greatly increases the power of the scope
Many models have a built-in
peepsight to help you find and center your subject quickly
Most spotting scopes offer additional eyepieces that can be changed for even more magnification options
It is important to have a good, solid field tripod to add stability to your viewing
Many models come with their own tripods, or the tripod can be purchased separately. Just make sure the two are compatible.
Many versions can be hooked up with an optional camera adapter for through-the-scope photography
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How to buy scopes
Scopes are generally used for hunting to increase the view of an object.
Like binoculars, the power of a scope is described by two numbers that indicate its magnifying ability and the size of the lens
A standard 4 x 32 scope will magnify an object up to 4 times larger than you could see with the naked eye. The 32 indicates that the lens diameter is 32 millimeters.
The larger the second number, the lens diameter, the more it will help brighten the view
There are two basic kinds of scopes,
fixed power and variable power
This version has the magnification set by the manufacturer
Fixed power scopes are adequate for hunters who need a good view of 50 to 100 yards
The most popular fixed scopes are 4 x 32
More applicable to a wider range of uses
Variable power scopes can be adjusted according to the field of view needed as well as the available light
Variable scopes range from 1.5 magnification up to 25 times for long-range viewing and shooting
Field of view
This is the measure of how much you can see through your scope at 1,000 yards
Generally, the higher the magnification, the less the field of view
This information is always printed either on the instruction sheet or directly on the scope
This indicates the distance between your eye and the scope, which allows you to achieve the entire field of view
This distance can be adjusted once you have your scope and have it mounted
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