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Old 01-14-2011, 05:17 PM
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Spotting scope - angled or straight?

Spotting scope - angled or straight?

And why?
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:20 AM
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Re: Spotting scope - angled or straight?

Picked straight just cause that is all i have ever used.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:28 AM
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Re: Spotting scope - angled or straight?

I prefer an angled spotting scope because it seems easy to use in any position.

When shooting prone- I can set the scope just to my left and not interfere with my shooting
position. the scope is angled so that all I have to do is move my head a little to the left to look
through it and never lose the position.

Shooting off the bench ether straight or angled work fine but again I like the angled spotter
placed to my right out of the way.

For spotting for another shooter for long distances I like to set up behind and just above so I
can see the vapor trail/shock wave and the angled head makes it possible to sit down and get
a good steady position so I don't move the scope.

The scope that I use has a fully adjustable head (Will go from straight to 90o) and is very handy
in any situation or position.

The fixed angle type scope would not be an advantage over the straight one IMO.

Just my opinion

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Old 01-25-2011, 10:31 AM
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Re: Spotting scope - angled or straight?

I like a straight tube because my spotting scope (optolyth) is attached to a shortened rifle stock. Thank you.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:43 AM
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Re: Spotting scope - angled or straight?

Several reasons I go with straight:
1. flexibility, I can put it on a window mount, a gunstock, or tripod
2. Less susceptable to rain interference on the eyepiece (big deal here in Or.)
3. Easier to look through in severe downhill angles
4. Height doesn't generally need to be reset for short vs tall people. (ie my grandkids)
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:47 PM
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Re: Spotting scope - angled or straight?

I've used both angled and straight scopes and really like both -- in the right application.

Angled scopes are for competitive shooting and where the shooter is in a set firing position. For example, the shooter is in position to shoot and will just move his/her head far enough off the rifle to look at the scope to read the wind, to determine when the target will be in a position to be engaged or to determine if the target is sufficiently good (in some cases, you can only shoot at an animal above a certain size). The angled scope is especially useful when a shooter is in the prone position, on target and ready to fire but needs confirmation of wind or animal position. I was on an Army Reserve National Shooting team and angled scopes were used 100% by the shooters.

Straight scopes are best when used for non-shooting viewing such as spot and stalk. This allows for a very quick reposition of the scope in a rapidly changing environment by looking over the top of the scope toward the general area and then find the animal. It is almost impossible to quickly do this with an angled scope. By necessity, the shooter is not in an immediate shooting position but will have to move. (As a side note, the coaches on the Army Reserve team all used straight scopes because they were not in firing position. Also, straight scopes are used by the spotter in a two-man sniper team.)

Final analysis: for a serious hunter that has to move, get a straight scope. Mine is a Swarovski HD 80 with variable-power eye piece. The reason I use this scope is that I spot and stalk and because I need clarity to more effectively determine such things as the length of elk brow tines and horn mass from a greater distance.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:55 PM
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Re: Spotting scope - angled or straight?

I use both...............

From the shooting bench or when shooting prone, angled gets the nod.............

But when spotting game in the field or from a trucks window mount, you need to use straight. When you hunting partner says to look at the base of the big gray rock out a mile or so, you need to line up the scope and an angle mount makes it a bit more difficult.
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