Spotting scopes

To: "Peter Shute" <>
Subject: Spotting scopes
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 11:23:25 +1000
It would be possible and maybe useful if you are on the short side - I
suspect that for most people the issue would be getting a tall enough
tripod. Most birders as you suggest probably want the minimum weight
in a tripod (consistent with stability) and also one that is not too
long to carry, so tend to go for the shortest one that meets their
needs? Most birdhides also tend to have a very restricted range of
heights at which you can position a scope.

On 26/09/2007, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> I'm suggesting that you could put it on a tripod with its legs extended
> so that the scope is just above your eye level when standing up, then
> angle the eyepiece down so that you look up into it, rather than
> standing on tiptoes.
> This would only apply if you have a tripod that tall.  It may be that
> birders generally have shorter tripods in order to save weight, thus
> making my suggestion meaningless.  Mine can extend a couple of feet
> above my head, but is quite heavy as a result.  Not having used a scope,
> I have no idea how often it would be useful to have a tall tripod, but
> I'm guessing not often.
> However, the adjustable ring is what I wanted to know about.  It means
> you could do what I suggest.
> Peter Shute
> Dave Torr wrote on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 10:24 AM:
> > 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?

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