RFI Spotting Scopes

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Subject: RFI Spotting Scopes
From: Carl Billingham <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 16:56:29 -0800 (PST)
I am considering buying my first scope.  My experience with scopes is very 
limited so I am looking for some advice.

I am currently considering a number of options.  The Kowa range seems to be 
quite popular with birders and I have been offered the TSN-601 (60mm scope 
body) and the TSN-821 (82mm scope body) at what I think are reasonable prices.  
Initially I am considering getting a 30/32mm wide angle eye piece instead of a 

The main use for the scope is to try to figure out what those %^& waders 
are that I have been seeing distantly through my binoculars.

I also enjoy wildlife photography and have a Canon 20D digital SLR camera along 
with a very sturdy Manfrotto tripod with a uniball head.   I can see that 
eventually I will want to use the scope for some digiscoping as well. 

My main questions are as follows:
What are the advantages/disadvantages between the 60 and 82mm scope sizes? 
(Price is not a major concern for me with this purchase)
Should I go for a straight or angled scope?
What scope would be peoples preference?
Oh, I am 6'3" - not sure if that makes much of a difference but it may do when 
considering whether to go for an angled or a straight through scope for 
digiscoping with the SLR attached.

Thanks in advance,

Carl Billingham

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