Spotting scopes

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Spotting scopes
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 10:24:20 +1000
I can't speak for other makes but on my Kowa there is an adjustable
ring which allows you to rotate the scope body so the angled lens can
point in any direction. But I can't see this is of much use - normally
the angled lens points up and I bend over slightly to look down into
it. If I had it pointing down then I would have to crouch down below
the scope and look up - which seems very contorted. Or am I missing

On 26/09/2007, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> 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
> that?
> 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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