Spotting scopes

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Scopes are very popular among bird watchers because they offer a higher magnification level than binoculars, allowing better visibility for up-close birdwatching. Our range of birdwatching telescopes and accessories are perfect for experts and birding beginners alike. Choose from RSPB's own Avocet and Harrier scopes, or shop accessories for spotting scopes.

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Viking Swallow universal smartphone adaptor for optics product photo
Viking Swallow universal smartphone adaptor for optics
£30.00
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Harrier 80mm ED telescope with Benro Wild 1 aluminium birding tripod product photo
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Harrier 80mm ED telescope with Benro Wild 1 aluminium birding tripod
£640.00
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Hilkinson tripod product photo
Hilkinson tripod
£65.00
Viking tripod carrier product photo
Viking tripod carrier
£49.95
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Harrier 80mm ED telescope with 20-60x eyepiece & case product photo
Harrier 80mm ED telescope with 20-60x eyepiece & case
£510.00
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RSPB Hide clamp 2016 product photo
RSPB Hide clamp 2016
£90.00
Benro Wild 1 aluminium birding tripod product photo
Benro Wild 1 aluminium birding tripod
£150.00
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Harrier 65mm ED telescope with 16-48x eyepiece & case product photo
Harrier 65mm ED telescope with 16-48x eyepiece & case
£460.00
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Spotting scopes FAQs

What are spotting scopes?

Spotting scopes are optical instruments very similar to the telescope. They are single scoped and are optimised for observing distant objects typically in outdoor activities such as birdwatching and wildlife observation.

Do I need a spotting scope?

Whether you need a spotting scope will depend on your objectives and budget but if you want to view wildlife at a distance, see more detail or you need better sight for identification then it’s worth considering a spotting scope. Binoculars are great for finding a bird, whereas spotting scopes are great at focusing on the detail and getting a better view for identification.

Are spotting scopes better than binoculars?

This will depend on use case and the individual, but spotting scopes are typically more powerful than binoculars and offer higher magnification. Spotting scopes can be mounted on tripods for stability, which is beneficial for extended observation sessions.

Which spotting scope for birding?

The best scopes for birding will have a coating on the lens to reduce glare and be between 50mm and 115mm as this size allows optimal light for viewing at range. The magnifying power of the scope is also important to consider. . In general, angled spotting scopes are preferred as they feel more intuitive to use which makes it easier to find and track the bird. This is especially true when using a tripod or hide clamp as you can easily adjust your view without having to alter the position of your tripod/clamp.

Who makes RSPB spotting scopes?

Our spotting scopes are made by Viking Optical. They are renowned for making high quality scopes and are one of the leading optical retailers in the UK.