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  • I'm in the market for a new spotting scope and have run into a dilemma. Many of the models I'm interested in are advertised as "

    I'm in the market for a new spotting scope and have run into a dilemma. Many of the models I'm interested in are advertised as "body only." Does this mean I'll have to purchase an eyepiece, or is it usable out of the box? —N.M., via e-mail

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    Anytime the word "body" is used in reference to spotting scopes, you can bet they come without eyepieces, which must be purchased separately. For starters, you can choose between scopes that have a permanently attached eyepiece (usually zoom) and scopes that accept interchangeable eyepieces. In the latter case, a typical manufacturer will offer a variety of eyepieces that can be used on as many as a half dozen different bodies. The body options may include straight or angled viewing, various sizes of objective lenses and either standard or high-definition optics.

    Interchangeable eyepieces come in a variety of fixed powers, such as 20X, 24X, 30X, 40X and 60X (some of which may have wide-angle fields of view), and with variable-power capability, such as 15-45X and 20-60X. —Bill McRae, Optics Expert

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      Nope body only might as well read "squeeze 'em for everything that they've got".

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