Straight Body Spotting Scope: Swarovski 20-60X60mm Straight Body Spotting Scope
- A straight body is easier for finding the intended object making it especially better for beginners
- Best choice for using with a window mount from the seat of a vehicle.
- A straight Spotting scope takes up less room in a back pack due to its streamline shape.
- Straight body spotting scopes are slightly less expensive than angled body spotting scopes.
- The eye piece is 100% vertical making harder for dirt, dust, rain, snow, etc. to get on the eye piece lens.
- Taller tripod needed for viewing in a standing position
- More adjustment needed when several viewers are using a straight vs. angled spotting scope.
- Less comfortable than angled body spotting scope for long glassing sessions due to neck positioning.
Authors Preference: Straight or Angled Spotting Scope
Like I said at the beginning of this article as to straight vs. angled spotting scopes, most people will prefer what they learn and become comfortable on first. Due to the fact that I do a lot of back country glassing, packing my spotting scope in my back pack, as well as a lot of glassing from the comfort of my vehicle, the decision for me was simple to buy a straight spotting scope over an angled spotting scope.
Although I believe a straight body spotting scope is best for my situation, I do realize the value of an angled spotting scope. My father has a Swarovski 20-60X80mm Angled Spotting Scope that stays in the house or on the porch for viewing wildlife from the house. There are several users a lot of the time and it gets a lot of use, so the angled is the best bet for this situation. I have therefor become comfortable using angled or straight spotting scope body styles.
Decide and Go Glassing
I hope this has helped you to determine which spotting scope style is best for your situation, a straight or angled spotting scope. For the most part, which ever option you go with, you should be able to get use to it. The best thing you can do is figure out what points above best pertain to you, buy whichever will be best for your style of use, and go give it a try. Be very careful with your new spotting scope in case you decide you would like the other body style; most places will let you return the spotting scope if you are unhappy with it. The websites recommended by Artifact Outfitters are very good about returns and exchanges and will have the best prices available.
If you are in the market for a spotting scope, you should consider taking a look at the best spotting scopes for each price range here: www.BestforHunting.com/best-spotting-scope-for-hunting. For other factors that should be focused on before buying a spotting scope, read this article: Choosing a Spotting Scope