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What type of spotting scope is better for backcountry hunting, a straight one or an angled one? And what zoom 16-48X65 or 20-60X

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  • What type of spotting scope is better for backcountry hunting, a straight one or an angled one? And what zoom 16-48X65 or 20-60X

    What type of spotting scope is better for backcountry hunting, a straight one or an angled one? And what zoom 16-48X65 or 20-60X82?

  • #2
    For back country hunting, I would go with the straight eyepiece since it offers a slightly more compact profile, which is key when you're having to haul everything on your back.

    The power range to pick depends on a couple factors. One, what kind of game are you hunting and how good a view of it do you need? If you're hunting sheep or mountain goats, where you really need a good look to determine trophy size and whether an animal is worth a three hour climb to get a better look, the more image quality you can muster, the better.

    The trade off, of course, is weight, with the larger optics being quite a bit heavier.

    If you're glassing for antlered game like elk and mule deer, you will probably do just fine with the lighter optic with a lower power range.

    And, as you get more experience viewing animals, you'll be able to pick up on the visual clues that a rack offers to determine trophy quality without the need to zoom as close.

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    • #3
      I'd go with the smaller objective, dont want the scope to take up all the backpacks space.

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      • #4
        I'd go with the samller objective scope, the larger would take up all the backpacks space.

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        • #5
          20-60x82 the more glass the better!

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