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Old 02-09-2014, 5:09 PM
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Default Spotting scopes: Angled vs. Straight

What do you prefer and why? I was about to pick up and angled scope, but started thinking about its limitations for anything other than viewing in a seated position. Starting to think more seriously about a straight scope now, but can't decide.
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Old 02-09-2014, 5:25 PM
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I have both and feel like I prefer the angled. Shooting prone or low to the ground I think angled gives me more position options. I find it more difficult to use a straight when very close to the ground.

For everything else my tripod has so much adjustment and versatility it makes no difference angled vs straight.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:10 PM
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No brainer... Angled.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:45 PM
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I can't see myself buying a straight ever again... except maybe for hunting or something.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:54 PM
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It's all personal preference, but angled. Honestly I think your assessment about the limitations regarding an angled vs. straight scope is backwards.

Prone, angled for sure. On a bench, still angled because I can just glance down into it. Standing, wouldn't matter if the scope is on a stand but you can still just glance down into it once you're in a decent position.

Don't want to look down at it? Tilt it 90 degrees and you can now just turn your head slightly to the left and see it. Maybe 45 degrees is more comfortable for you? That works too as long as your mount on the stand or the scope itself has an adjustment for it. Can't get any of that flexibility with a straight scope.
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Angled, Konus 60mm or 80 mm or Kowa 80mm, no other choices unless you have more money then brains.
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Angled, Konus 60mm or 80 mm or Kowa 80mm, no other choices unless you have more money then brains.
Appreciate the input, but wasn't really looking for opinions on brands or how one should justify spending their money - just useability of the different types.
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It's all personal preference, but angled. Honestly I think your assessment about the limitations regarding an angled vs. straight scope is backwards.

Prone, angled for sure. On a bench, still angled because I can just glance down into it. Standing, wouldn't matter if the scope is on a stand but you can still just glance down into it once you're in a decent position.

Don't want to look down at it? Tilt it 90 degrees and you can now just turn your head slightly to the left and see it. Maybe 45 degrees is more comfortable for you? That works too as long as your mount on the stand or the scope itself has an adjustment for it. Can't get any of that flexibility with a straight scope.
This. I use a Konus 20-60 w/ 100mm objective. Very nice to be able to rotate the scope so the eyepiece is around 90 degrees so I can just turn my head a little to see into it.

An angled eyepiece simply offers a lot more flexibility as to orientation of the eyepiece to the shooter, which is something a straight scope cannot do.

Put simply, there are numerous advantages but no real disadvantages to an angled scope, regardless of which brand you choose.
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Angled for all positions (including prone). You can setup an angled spotting scope for prone such that you can look through your scope with minimal break in position. If you see how David Tubb and other elite shooters setup their spotting scopes for prone, all they do is cock their head over over slightly to see through the scope.

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I would only want straight if I was in a prone position spotting for another shooter in a 'field' situation and we're changing directions of fire constantly.
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It's all personal preference, but angled. Honestly I think your assessment about the limitations regarding an angled vs. straight scope is backwards.

Prone, angled for sure. On a bench, still angled because I can just glance down into it. Standing, wouldn't matter if the scope is on a stand but you can still just glance down into it once you're in a decent position.

Don't want to look down at it? Tilt it 90 degrees and you can now just turn your head slightly to the left and see it. Maybe 45 degrees is more comfortable for you? That works too as long as your mount on the stand or the scope itself has an adjustment for it. Can't get any of that flexibility with a straight scope.

That really sums it up. Only needs I would ever have for a straight body are when hunting and doing a lot of windshield time. A straight body with window mount is the easiest in that case.

The modular systems by swaro and Nikon are pretty nice. you can now change back and forth as needed. Just a little pricey...

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I'm glad I found this thread, as I have the same dilemma. One of the reasons I was considering straight, is for photography. Also, wouldn't the straight scope be clearer, because it doesn't have to "transfer" the image? Anyway, I'm eyeing Nikon 6975, found it for $469 OTD
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I prefer angled for exactly the reasons ocabj listed.
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Angled
I like mine at the bench or standing up. Angled just suits me better.
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I have a Konuspot80 - angled... I like it, but when I'm spotting for someone else, I prefer a straight eyepiece, my buddy has one and I use his when spotting - it's more comfortable for me.

It does make sense though, that angeled is more versatile when spotting your own shots.
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I went with a straight because I didn't know any better at the time. My next one will be angled.
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If spotting for someone else ... straight
If spotting for yourself ... angled

Other than that ... it really is personal preference.

I own an angled spotting scope. It is very easy to use from the prone position.
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I bought the little MINOX 50mm 16-30x spotting scope . It is an angled scope great when prone or close to the ground. My low tripod for it is the old Polaroid Spectra tripod which is a Minolta table tripod from the Minolta CLE and Polaroid Spectra of some years ago. I love that little tripod for photo use as well...Under $20 on ebay similar in design to the Leica Table tripod but many times cheaper...I have one of those too

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I had considered just this a few years ago and got a Pentax 65 straight through to save a few bucks over the angled. Used it for shooting off table and prone. For all the reasons stated in above posts, I realized the straight was a mistake. Traded it for the angled version and happy since.
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