Quite agree - you would have to be a real contortionist to use an
angled eyepiece pointing downwards - even having it pointing
"sideways" would make life tricky. Maybe we are not understanding the
On 26/09/2007, Tony Russell <> wrote:
> It seems to me that someone somewhere has got awfully muddled up.
> Surely an angled eyepiece is normally pointing up at 45degs from the
> scope body and one looks down into it at an opposite but similar 45degs.
> Most scopes have a mounting foot on the underside which attaches to the
> tripod with a quick release mechanism. Maybe there are some models
> which also allow rotation through 90degs to allow viewing from the side
> but I haven't seen one of these. Dave Torr's description of having the
> eyepiece pointing down would presumably involve lying on one's back ( or
> similar) looking up into the eyepiece which might I suppose suit a
> contortionist, but not your average birder. Would this also involve
> having the tripod legs pointing up into the air attached, presumably, to
> sky hooks? I think I'd prefer to watch the rugby.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Dave Torr
> Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:54 AM
> To: Peter Shute
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Spotting scopes
> 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 something?
> 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