Re: Spotting scope question
it's almost always the scope itself which is angled or straight. The eyepieces are interchangeable between either design.
Angle scopes are easier to hunker up to in position shooting with minimal change in shooter's position to have a peek. Straight scopes are more naturally 'pointable' at your target, so lots of folks prefer them.
I prefer the angled scopes, and mine has a little sighter tube to help align the scope when you first set it in place.
Suggest you go to a match, peek through a few of both types(after asking permission), and go from there. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Of more importance than angled vs. straight is eye-relief (how far your eye can be to still see a complete image). Generally, more eye relief is better than less. Get one with at least 20mm of eye relief, especially if you wear glasses.
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