Glad to help. Here's a couple of articles you can bookmark for future reference. What is a spotting scope?
Lots of good choices at that price and by using one of the various universal digiscoping brackets on the market, you can attach a small (keep it small, too - no more than 3x or 4x optical
zoom) digital camera
of any brand to nearly any spotting scope
Some good choices in a spotting scope
include the Alpen 788
(forget the little table top tripod
option - use a full size photo tripod
), the Bushnell
Ultra Legend 20-60x80 and, if you can squeeze that $500 budget just a bit, my favorite at this price, the Celestron Regal 80F -ED
. It's a terrific scope, optically and nothing touches it at this price. You won't be disappointed.
Don't forget a tripod
. Any spotting scope
will fit any camera tripod
if they already have one. Otherwise, a Bushnell Advanced Titanium
is a good place to start.