Spotting Scope (Straight or Angled)

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by grinnergetter, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. grinnergetter

    grinnergetter Well-Known Member

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    What is your choice for hunting purposes.
     
  2. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    Straight... Angled is fine for target and match shooting, but for the field, they will drive you crazy - I have the tee shirt.

    I was going to upgrade to an $1,100 scope for field use, and was advised to get angled.
    I bought an angled scope for $1,100, and took it to the field, and it was a lead weight - I was lucky to find a serious match shooter that had the same scope, but straight, and we traded even.

    I was ready to sell it at a loss to get a straight version for the field.

    Most of the better straight scopes have some kinda open sight on the barrel like a pistol sight, to get you lined up fast - on an angled scope, you have to search (and search and search and...) through the eye piece to find what you want to look at.

    I'm sure you will now get 5 recommendations for angled ;) ;) ;)


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  3. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I like angled, because I hunt from low to high, so the scope is below me and I can scope above (did that make sense?)

    It is a learning experience in finding what you want the first few times you use an angled scope. If I used a straight scope, I would need a much taller tripod and that means added weight.

    Just my experience.

    Catshooter, there is 1 ;-)

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  4. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    I use my Leica APO 77 for both the 1K matches and in the field --- it is straight and the angled will drive you nuts in the field...
     
  5. Ballistic64

    Ballistic64 Well-Known Member

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    Dont know if youve seen the post on the new USO spotting scopes or not,they look pretty nice.Straight body 15-40X60 FFP.It'll be interesting this coming year as theyre making one with a LRF.

    USO Spotting Scope(Pics) - Sniper's Hide Forums
     
  6. uncleB

    uncleB Well-Known Member

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    I completely agree with catshooter on this, an angled spotting scope is of little value if any out in the field unless you are bird watching or looking at the stars.
    AJ's comments dont make any sense to me at all, but if it works for you keep doing it.
    IMO there is not even a debate for long range hunting spotting scope straight.
    UB
     
  7. FMI

    FMI Active Member

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    I'm waiting for USO to come out with the LRF version... A long tough wait it will be.

    Straight all the way for field use.
     
  8. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I'll try to explain. An angled scope lets me sit in a more comfortable position when scoping 'up', I don't have to continually have my head tilted up. The scope I use has a rotating tripod ring, so I can look from above the scope, below it or from the side to get a comfortable position. With a straight scope, you don't have any options, you point it at your target and look through it. You have to be 'behind' the scope regardless of the terrain etc. An angled scope also allows the use of a shorter tripod when I look 'down' into the scope.

    The straight scopes are definitely 'easier' to point at a target until you get used to the angled scope.

    AJ
     
  9. grinnergetter

    grinnergetter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all of your replies. Im a little new at this so i want to make sure i get the right gear the first time.
     
  10. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    I knew you would be the first... Why did I know you would be the first;)

    Lemme 'splain.

    "My experence"... when I'm in the field, and I see something with my bins, lets say near a white rock out far, and I want a better view, with my STRAIGHT scope, a Pentax 20x60-80mm, it has a built in open gun sight on it, and I aim that sight at the white rock, and look in the little glass window - and there it is in the scope - just focus, and adjust power.

    I could NEVER do that when I had the angled version - I was constantly sweeping the area to find the subject.

    Even at 100 yds at the range, it was a task to find the targets I was shooting at with the angled scope.

    Now, ol' AJ, he's a unique case - cus he's lookin' "up" instead of straight ahead... so he sets his scope so he looks down, to see up - probably shooting squirrels out of trees ;)


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  11. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Hey, CS. I'm near Boston for a couple days. I'd buy you a drink so we could discuss in person if you were in the area.

    AJ
     
  12. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the middle of Connecticut, near Hartford.

    Wanna meet somewhere in the middle?

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  13. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Sure, I'm in Peobody Ma, Whats in the middle and how far? How about dinner tonight or tomorrow?

    AJ
     
  14. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    Are you going to be there longer... tonight and tomorrow are short notice.

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