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About the Author

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

1. Introduction

Nikon Prostaff 5 20-60x82mm Zoom Spotting Scope Nikon Prostaff 5 Zoom Spotting Scope

A Spotting scope is an optical instrument used to view distant objects primarily on land - therefore optimized for terrestrial observations. Most spotting scopes are look and work just like small telescopes with refractor, Maksutov, or catadioptric optical design. Normally spotting scopes have 50mm to 80mm objective lens and magnification anywhere from 15x to 60x, but there are more powerful spotting scopes with higher magnification and larger objective lens to 90mm and up.

How to Select a Spotting Scope