Spotting scopes

To: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>, <>
Subject: Spotting scopes
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 09:46:44 +1000
Not having used a scope before, I have a couple of questions about this
point about the line of sight.
- Ben mentioned "swinging the eyepiece around".  I assume this means
that the eyepiece on some scopes can be swung from the up position to
the straight position.  If so, can it also be swung into a down
position?  If so, then that would surely be an advantage in the
situation Tom describes, as one could mount the scope 20cm above the
binocular line of sight.
- Is it possible to mount a scope upside down? I.e. with the angled
eyepiece angled down.  If so, then that would have the same advantage
for fixed eyepieces.  If not, then why not aren't they designed like

Peter Shute

 wrote on :

> I generally agree with all the comments about angled scopes, but just
> remember that the line of sight is probably going to be about 20cm
> lower than your eyeline and the scope needs to be set up
> accordingly - it's not
> normally an issue, but I have looked out over a shrub at
> waders on a muddy
> shore, but the same birds were blocked as the scope gave me
> an excellent
> close up view of the leaves!
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson

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