(Last Updated On: January 29, 2021)
You’d think it would be easy to use a spotting scope, right? Only look through the lens and see the creatures, with a sight, no difference. While the basic idea behind spotting scopes is familiar, it can be challenging to use one for the first time. Via very high magnification, you’ll see your surroundings, and if you’re not careful, you can lose track of where the lens is pointed. However, spotting scopes are a helpful tool in an experienced user’s hands that can allow you to enter your hunting grounds in a whole new light. The following tips will show you how to search with a spotting scope and hopefully avoid any of the first-time novice errors that come with using one.
Stability Is Key
A spotting scope requires a tripod, unlike binoculars. Even the slightest motion in your hands is intensified by their strong magnification and can make it fuzzy. There are several tripods on the market, and just some of them are built explicitly for scope spotting. Consider these points when purchasing a tripod for your spotting scope:
Look for one with a panning head; these are popular with videography-designed tripods. A smooth panning motion will keep the image clear and will help you to spot animals more efficiently. Find a model with flexible legs. The spotting scope on level ground is unlikely to be positioned, so choose one easily leveled.
Be sure that any violence can take place. Skilled photographers may carry their tripods in a challenging situation, but yours is likely to spend time in a backpack and need to be more durable than the standard DSLR tripod.
Finding Your Spot
Choose a place you are comfortable living in since it will take some time to pack up and travel to another location once the spotting scope is deployed. In different directions, you want to be somewhere with good views. You can move the scope and start looking for a new one if one region becomes too dull. If you can, even aim for high ground with a few obstructions.
Avoid The Heat
This would confuse many hunters, but even a small amount of heat will lead to distortion in your spotting scope. Heatwaves produce mirages, and they can be made exponentially worse by the magnification of a spotting scope. Zoom out until you have a good picture again if you notice a heat wave. Hopefully, a cloud will pass over the region and allow the heatwave to dissipate so that you can zoom back in.
Practice Makes Perfect
It’s not a bad idea to go for a walk and try scoping out a few stationery items if you’ve never used a spotting scope before. Only getting in the habit of deploying the area and working with magnification controls will boost your abilities to where they will be second nature. You want to eliminate the shakiness that comes with the first use, so you’re ready to track him when the big buck comes into view.
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