Re: Picking a spotting scope
I like straight, have both in big Zeiss and a Leica. The advantage is that with a straight lens, you can find your target much quicker. An angled lens requires you to fiddle around moving it until the target appears. Most straight lens scopes have a front sight at 12 o'clock on the objective ring, which gets you very near target without sighting thru the lens. If you use it only for target shooting, a angled lens is OK, once you set it. Then, it is very easy to move your head slightly to see target.