Straight Vs Angled Spotting Scope: Choosing a Spotting Scope Body Style

The topic of Straight vs. Angled Spotting Scope is a discussion that has been and will be disputed for a long time. It is hard enough just choosing which brand of scope you will buy, then you have to decide the body style: Angled or Straight Spotting Scope. Here we will discuss which scope body style is best for you by looking at what is best for certain situations.

If you ask around or read forums on the topic of straight vs. angled spotting scope body styles, you will find that people have strong opinions of which is best. I would be willing to bet that the one they think is best will usually be the body style they got use to first. If their first scope was angled, then that is probably the body style they will prefer, and vice versa. That being said, it is advised that you get use to the body style that fits most of your activities best.

Angled Body

Angled body scopes are best in several different situations. Here are the pros and cons of an angled scope over a straight scope.

Pros:

1. Good option if there are going to be several people using it as it is easier to accommodate people of different heights, as you just lower your eye to the eye piece.
2. Best for situations when standing as it requires less height of a tripod
3. Some say angled spotters are more comfortable for long hours of glassing.

Cons:
1. Not good for spotting while sitting in a vehicle using a window mount.
2. Angled scopes are harder for beginners to find game due to the angle.
3. Does not pack into a back pack as well as a straight body style
4. Due to the angle, the eyepiece is very exposed to the elements, mainly rain, snow, dust.

Straight Body

Straight body spotters are best in several different situations. Here are the pros and cons of a straight scope over an angled scope.

Pros:

1. A straight body is easier for finding the intended object making it especially better for beginners
2. A straight body is the best choice for using with a window mount from the seat of a vehicle.
3. Takes up less room in a back pack due to its streamline shape.
4. Straight body spotting scopes are slightly less expensive than angled body spotting scopes.
5. The eye piece is 100% vertical making harder for dirt, dust, rain, snow, etc…

Cons:

1. Taller tripod needed for viewing in a standing position
2. More height adjustment needed when several viewers are using a straight spotter.
3. Less comfortable than angled body spotting scope for long glassing sessions due to neck positioning.

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Judd Cole