Straight VS Angled Spotting Scopes

straight or angled

Spotting scopes have two body designs: straight and angled. A lot of people prefer the straight design where the eyepieces are aligned with each other. The eyepiece in an angled scope, however, is placed 45 degrees or 90 degrees from the barrel.

Straight scopes are considered more convenient to use. To follow birds, straight scopes can even be positioned on a car window. In an elevated position, they are also much easier to use. But some people might prefer the angled design. The choice is dependent on how one will use the scope.

Angled Body

Angled body scopes are best in several different situations. Here are the pros and cons of an angled scope over a straight scope.


1. Good option if there are going to be several people using it as it is easier to accommodate people of different heights, as you just lower your eye to the eyepiece.
2. Best for situations when standing as it requires less height of a tripod
3. Some say angled spotters are more comfortable for long hours of glassing.

1. Not good for spotting while sitting in a vehicle using a window mount.
2. Angled scopes are harder for beginners to find game due to the angle.
3. Does not pack into a backpack as well as a straight body style
4. Due to the angle, the eyepiece is very exposed to the elements, mainly rain, snow, dust.

Straight Body

Straight body spotters are best in several different situations. Here are the pros and cons of a straight scope over an angled scope.


1. A straight body is easier for finding the intended object making it especially better for beginners
2. A straight body is the best choice for using with a window mount from the seat of a vehicle.
3. Takes up less room in a backpack due to its streamline shape.
4. Straight body spotting scopes are slightly less expensive than angled body spotting scopes.
5. The eyepiece is 100% vertical making harder for dirt, dust, rain, snow, etc…


1. Taller tripod needed for viewing in a standing position
2. More height adjustment needed when several viewers are using a straight spotter.
3. Less comfortable than angled body spotting scope for long glassing sessions due to neck positioning

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