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| p.1 #3 · Spotting Scope or Image Stabilizing Binoculars |
I forgot to add that I went with the angled scope. I find it more comfortable to look through and far more convenient to share with others. I have no problem aiming an angled scope.
In Yellowstone, you will see a vast array of spotting scopes. I would estimate that 8 out of every 10 I see are angled.
It was a hard decision for me. I finally went angled and am very glad that I did.
I think the best scopes are Swarovski, Zeiss, Leica, and Kowa. Nikon,and Pentax are probably a step down. I think the Nikon ED is the best bang for the buck. Very close to the top ones optically. Not as nice ergonomically. I have tried the top scopes in all the above brands and am very satisfied with the Nikon 82mm ED with 25 to 75 eyepiece.
Note that at the 75 end, you will really notice vibration (such as from wind), heat waves, and lack of light. I rarely zoom beyond about 60x.