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Steven L

Steve has never not known guns. Before motorcycles, money, or girls, they have always been part of his life. He was tenured as General Manager of one of the country's largest gun stores and ranges, a buyer in a big box outdoor sporting goods store, and is currently OpticsPlanet's Director of Product Intelligence. He was a US Navy nuclear gunners mate, a private investigator, and is an NRA certified instructor in ten categories, as well as an Illinois CCW instructor. He shoots competitively and has hunted from Alaska to Africa. He thoroughly loves life with his beloved wife, Shirley, and together they live with their three wildish dogs Tinker, TranRek, and Crash Almighty. He is a stubborn stage 4 cancer survivor and isn't ready to cash in his chips yet.

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  • spotting scopes
  • birding
  • bird watching

1. Introduction - A Case for Birding Spotting Scopes

OPMOD MPASS 1.0 Limited Edition 20-60x60 Spotting Scope w/ Tripod OPMOD MPASS 20-60x60 Spotting Scope

One of the things I like about watching 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.

How to Choose A Birding Spotting Scope