The decision to carry one type of optics over another when going out on an outdoor excursion is always going to be tricky. It depends on the versatility and power of your optics and the situation you’ll be in. In this informative article, we’ll look at scenarios where the user should prefer one set of optics over the other. On the other hand, you may feel that you need to carry both of them.
In most instances, spotting scopes will provide you with a longer range and powerful focus when you compare them to your basic set of 10x42mm or 8x42mm binoculars. If you’ve recently bought a spotting scope or looking forward to getting one, you should consider the following couple of scenarios.
Birding- For you to enjoy successful birding moments, you need to know the bird’s intricate details. For instance, it may not be a surprise that two different species of birds are only separated by a hard to see and small color scheme. However, with powerful light transmission and zoom, the spotting scope is going to provide you with excellent service.
Hunting- Spotting scopes will help you in knowing important details of the environment if you’re going for long distance hunts where the terrain keeps changing. That’s because you can observe the terrain around you as you sit in one particular location. The scope will let you observe miles of terrain, meaning its better than a set of binoculars.
However, larger spotting scopes, which are usually the best have one inconvenience, which is they need tripods for you to get the best image stabilization. Depending on the distance you’ll be going, tripods add a lot of weight. For example, if you’ll be going up steep terrains or walking for long distances, you may want to think twice about carrying a spotting scope. On the other hand, there are scenarios in which you can carry a tripod and spotting scope and get the work done. They are:
- Using a pack animal
- Bringing a larger backpack
- Travelling with a friend
Remember you can free hand some spotting scopes. It means less weight but powerful and smaller lenses.
When compared to spotting scopes, binoculars may not be as powerful. However, they are among the most versatile and widespread optics in the outdoor adventuring world. Binoculars are less heavy than binoculars. However, some models do produce impressive focus, power and light transmission.
You can place binos in pouches on your body if you want to enjoy easy access. That means you don’t have to take off your backpack every time you want to glass terrain. Binoculars are a lot more convenient when you compare them spotting scopes.
That brings us to the question when should be using your binoculars? Or which scenarios should you not be using binoculars? You can use your binos in just about any outdoor excursion. These devices are also used in indoor events such as theater or opera, where people are sitting too far away that they may not be able to view the stage well.
Before purchasing a brand new pair of binos, you should read the product description carefully. It should give you the correct measurements and their ability to hold up during low light conditions such as in the evening and morning.
If you want to get a reliable viewing experience, binoculars are pretty much an important accessory when going out in the wilderness, for example, when viewing shorter ranges. That means you don’t want to go out with just your spotting scope.
Go for What Works Best for Your Circumstances
There is no set of rules that dictate which type of optics is better than the other. Spotting scopes provide you with longer reaching and powerful lenses. However, as mentioned above, more power doesn’t mean you having the best experience.
In our view, what you should be judging spotting scopes and binoculars on the type of excursion you want to go on. Below are some of the questions whose answer will point you in the right direction.
- How will be the weather?
- What’s the outdoor terrain like?
- What time of the day will you be using your device and for how long? Are the objects or animals you want to see reclusive or well camouflaged?
The above questions have no set answers. What will make you arrive at the best decision is how fast you want to spot the animal or object you’re looking for. For the best outcome, one excellent idea is carrying both sets of optics during your trip to ensure you get the best of both worlds. In some cases you may need a scope and a binoculars. If that is the case, just by a budget but reliable scope and binoculars.