Spotting Scopes for Hunting

Scanning with Spotting Scope

Objective lens size

Light gathering in early morning and late evening is essential for the hunter. The last number (20–60 x 80) refers to the diameter of the objective lens in millimeters. The larger the size of the objective lens, the more light is gathered and the brighter your image will be.

Spotting scopes are available in:

  • Compact (50mm) and lightweight sizes for western hunting.
  • Mid-size (60–66mm), versatile models that meet a variety of needs.
  • Full-size (80–88mm) designs for maximum light-gathering.


If you're glassing at long distances, high magnifications may be necessary to capture details. The first numbers (20–60 x 80 or 30 x 80) refer to the magnification, or how many times larger an object will appear.

  • Zoom magnification eyepieces are popular because of their versatility.
  • Fixed magnification eyepieces are appreciated for their wide fields of view.

Spotting scope bodies are often packaged with an eyepiece. Some manufacturers sell eyepieces separately.

Spotting scope durability and design

Use a waterproof and fogproof spotting scope for protection in any season. Waterproof scopes are sealed to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the optics. Fogproof scopes are filled with nitrogen or argon gas to inhibit internal fogging caused by temperature extremes.

Spotting scope bodies come in either angled or straight designs. Angled scope bodies make it easy to share a scope with people of different heights and can be positioned lower on a tripod for added stability. Straight scope bodies are comfortable to use and especially beneficial when viewing wildlife in the valley below.

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