Most of us can get away with carrying only a pair of binoculars into the field most of the time. But when it comes long-range surveillance over a prolonged period of time, nothing beats a spotting scope. If you’ve been putting off the purchase, think about these benefits when you’re weighing whether or not to make the investment.
Binoculars are great for scanning small areas or specific game in spot-and-stalk situations, but a spotting scope is meant for sitting down, getting comfortable, and digging in for the long haul. Standard features such as tripod mounts, angled eye-pieces, and zoom-lenses make long-term observation much more feasible with a spotting scope. That ability can reduce the glassing power, and bulk, you need in a binocular.
Spotting scopes make sighting-in your rifle a breeze. Instead of walking down range after every shot, just set up the scope on your bench and zero in safely. Or take turns spotting with your buddy for some competitive plinking or varmint control.
Digiscoping accessories and attachments allow you to take crystal-clear images with your smart phone that, just a few years ago, would have only been possible with expensive telephoto DSLRs. Field judge game, photograph wildlife, or switch back and forth from eye piece to smartphone to reduce eye fatigue and increase the chance that you'll be ready for that once-in-a-season Kodak moment.