A spotting scope is basically a small telescope that has been modified for use by day. A spotting scope differs from an astronomical telescope in several important ways. First, a spotting scope always produces an upright image whereas a telescope used in astronomy may produce a reversed image or even an upside down image. Second, a spotting scope is much smaller in size, mainly for the sake of portability. Third, a spotting scope is a lower magnification instrument than a telescope, since the atmosphere by day does not allow the high magnifications used in astronomy. Lastly, many, if not most, spotting scopes are waterproof and fog-proof.
Spotting scopes are great fun and growing in popularity, they offer a compact, portable and robust means of viewing. Common uses include bird watching, hunting and simply viewing from your deck or lounge.
We stock the Konus, Bushnell, Nikon, Saxon and Celstron brands of spotting scope; these brands are well proven, reliable and come with a manufacturers warranty.