Birding Aus <>
RFI Spotting Scopes
Carl Billingham <>
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,
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