Long-Range Spotting Devices
A catalog from a mailorder store hit my desk today and while idly flipping through it I cam across something V E R Y interesting.
What other hobby requires super high quality optics with a lot of magnification power?
Anyone ever consider using an astronomical telescope for spotting at long range?
If you are thinking of a huge and unwieldy telescope, think again. There seems to be a new generation of large, high powered but compact telescopes on the market.
These devices all seem to come complete with a tripod, a small "finder scope" and huge objective lenses.
Some of these telescopes have way too much power but a few have interchangeable eye pieces anywhere from 16x to about 200x.
The main reason I noticed these telescopes is that in the catalog they were placed beside a pair of tripod mountable 20x binoculars. Interestingly enough the binos are about $70 more expensive than the most expensive telescope and the binos do not include the tripod.
I think this discovery requires some more investigation before any money gets put down but it looks to have some promise.