Spotting Scopes vs. Telescopes- In details comparison

I know, a bunch of people is confused with the fact why I’m comparing between spotting scopes and telescopes. If you’re being confused or annoyed, I would say, please take a cup of coffee and read the full article then you’ll understand, why telescopes are comparable with the spotting scope.

spotting scopes and telescopesMaybe it’s not your type; you’re entirely different. Perhaps you love to enjoy nighttime sky from your terrace, the comet, stars attract you as it should be. If it’s something that goes with you, then telescope can be/should be your best friend.

I guess you’re not satisfied! You are not here to know only this little information. So, if it’s your situation, then we’ve something for you below. So, let’s break it into small portions.

How we’re going to compare

If we want, we can make it very hateful and comparative and competitive, but that won’t help you. So yes, you guys are here for educational purpose, and that’s why I’m not focusing on only one side even I am not making it a head to head comparison.

So, what am I going to do? Am I missing the purpose of the article? No way! I’m going to present both sections separately, and at the end, I’ll disclose which one is best for you. So, you can learn about both scopes without underestimating them.

So, let’s jump into it!

Spotting Scope

It’s a kind of scope which is very popular for its flexibility and portability, and it’s made for observing things on land (but it doesn’t mean it can’t perform well in the night sky). It’s the priority of adventure lovers. It’s best for hunting, bird watching, boat watching and for wildlife as well.

spotting scopes

A spotting scope is like a ‘better version’ of binocular. Yes, because it is more powerful than binoculars. They eyepieces of it can be straight or angled, and now it depends on which angle you’re comfortable with. Even you move it at 45 degrees too.

There are also some different type of spotting scopes are available which are rotatable to 90 degrees.

It is portable and easy to carry even you can bring it whenever and wherever you want. Besides portability, you can also use tripods with it. Experienced bird and boat viewer advises using a tripod with it for the stable viewing experience.

When it comes to the magnification, lens and all, a spotting scope is much better and powerful than any binocular. It doesn’t have very high magnification power, but it has enough ability to cover your needs. Well, when it comes to number, a spotting scope usually have up to 60x magnification power which is enough for seeing anything that we can’t see clearly with naked eyes.

The spotting scopes are made for more clear land views. That’s why it’s best for wildlife and all the adventurous stuff.

A spotting scope doesn’t have too powerful lens. In the market, you’ll find lens within the range 45mm to 100mm. However, the most common range of aperture lens is 60-80 mm which are enough for performing like a beast in daylight and averagely in the night.

When it comes to zooming, nothing can beat the spotting scope. You can quickly zoom with a spotting scope without leaving or adding any extra lens because of its adjustable zoom feature. The scope also has a close focus feature which helps you to do close focus of six feet.

The scope also has a big field of view which helps to see more than bigger optics.

The most significant benefit of the a best spotting scope is, you can use it for multiple purposes. Want to know where can you use a spotting scope?

Well, you can use it bird and watching, hunting, photography (especially mobile photography), observation, target shooting and for enjoying wildlife too.

Do you know the spotting scope has an advantage and disadvantage? Yes, the downside is, the spotting scope doesn’t have too many features. The advantage is, the fewer feature makes it easier to use.

A spotting scope isn’t that inexpensive. However, I would say all the features worth the money.

So, this is all I’ve to say about spotting scopes. Now we should move to the next scope which is a telescope. Let’s find out, how powerful a telescope is!


Spotting scope can be something new for us, but the telescope is something that we see from childhood.

The telescope is known as a powerful optic which has high magnification power (more potent than spotting scope) with compatible eyepieces.

The telescope got the best magnification power. It’s available in all ranges of120 to 340x. However, there are some more powerful telescopes available too.

As we all know, telescopes are best known for the nighttime sky. That’s why, telescope requires more lights because the large aperture of it captures more light to make stars visible. Usually, the aperture of telescopes is available within the range of60-140mm in the market. Even some more powerful telescopes are available too.

You can’t zoom easily with the telescope because it’s fixed, but it doesn’t mean you can’t zoom with it. For changing the magnification, you’ve to change the eyepieces of it.

The telescope isn’t rotatable so you’ve to use it straightly and you can’t move it to any angle. Another problem with the telescope is, it’s quite heavy and impossible to use without a tripod. So, the stability of the telescope depends on the tripod and its balance.

It also doesn’t have any type of close focus option. It because of the high magnification lens of it is made for the look into distant objects. Besides this, it also has a small field of view because of its higher magnification.

It has so many features which makes it the king of adjust-ability but one the other side, a significant number of the feature is making it difficult to use too.

The price depends on the quality and the specification of the telescope. However, there are a bunch of telescopes available within affordable price.

You can only use the telescope for astronomy. So yes, a telescope is perfect for capturing stars in the nighttime sky.

Which one is best?

So, where are we now? Can you make any of them a winner?

Well, if you see then clearly spotting scope has more benefits. However, this isn’t how we’re going to decide.

As I said in the introduction section, both are made for different purposes.

The telescope is built for capturing nighttime sky, and the spotting scope is created for land viewing, adventurous activities and basic nighttime sky capturing.

It depends on your need. So, try to find out which one you may need and then invest in it.


Comparing between a spotting scope and telescope isn’t an easy thing. According to me, you really shouldn’t compare each other. It because they both are made for different resolutions and they both unique targeted customer.

I hope, the entire content will help you to understand which one you should get and why it’s right for you. So, I guess now we can end this controversy with the proper knowledge we just gained! Cheers mate!

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