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I am planning to purchase a new spotting scope and am wondering what the pros and cons are of an angle body spotter vs. straight body type?  I have only used the straight body designs in the past. I will use it primarily for hunting and often with a window mount.  Any suggestions/recommendations would be much appreciated!
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If you are going to use a window mount much, then you should probably stick with the straight eyepiece. 
 
Angled eyepieces are good off a tripod when there are multiple people of varying heights who all want to see the item of interest.   They also allow for a smaller tripod to be used.  Under certain circumstances, they can hep relieve some neck strain as you can just look down into them.
 
Straight eyepieces are more intuitive, especially for the inexperienced.  They are generally more compact.  THey can be more easily used off a backpack or tree limb when a tripod isn't available. 
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I just went down this road a few months ago and decided on the straight body based on my hunting needs.
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I agree, straight body for normal hunting applications, angled body for range work.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

I agree, straight body for normal hunting applications, angled body for range work.


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Is one more durable than the other, i.e. like roof vs. porro prism binos?
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

Is one more durable than the other, i.e. like roof vs. porro prism binos?


The angled can be rotated so I would say the straight is more durable but how much more???

Not sure if one would use this as the determining factor of choosing between the two.
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Most of the straight can be fitted with a 45 angle adapter if it is needed. I have this arrangement on my C 90. Angled is slower to locate targets when spotting but it is better for long term viewing. Angled has a big advantage if the spotter is used for celestial viewing. It is very hard to use the angled in conjuction with the window mounts.
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For hunting most hunters prefer straight body especially if stalking their game in the mountains.  Straight body allows them to see down a valley from atop the mountain without breaking the skyline by remaining prone as they scope the valley.  It is more diffifult to do that with an angled scope as you litterally have to kneel or standup to be able to see down.
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Originally posted by ms6852 ms6852 wrote:

...Straight body allows them to see down a valley from atop the mountain without breaking the skyline by remaining prone as they scope the valley.  It is more diffifult to do that with an angled scope as you litterally have to kneel or standup to be able to see down.


Actually, as long as your angled scope has a center ring around which to rotate, you can get the most low profile by rotating the eyepiece to face down - much like is done at rifle competitions and literally lying down to watch over the edge.

It would take a fair amount of practice to be able to find the animals in the eyepiece from such an angle but, you definitely will be the most concealed from your prey.






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