One of the things I like about watching birds and identifying birds (birding) is the simple birding equipment requirements. You can start your birding with nothing more than a suitable birding binocular and a good bird field guide. This is all some birders will ever need. On the other hand, many birders, especially serious birders, also add a birding spotting scope to the equipment list. So, what, exactly, is a spotting scope? Where and when do I use a spotting scope? What features make for a good birding spotting scope? What else do I need with a birding scope? That's what we will answer in this article.