spotting scope


Definition of spotting scope

: a lightweight portable telescope that is usually mounted on a tripod and used for viewing wildlife and terrestrial objects and features

Examples of spotting scope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a spotting scope, binoculars or a telephoto lens and be content to watch from a safe distance. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Dec. 2021 Instead, enjoy distant views with binoculars, a spotting scope or telephoto lens. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2021 The park also recommends using a spotting scope to see animals from afar. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Made with the same fluorite glass Maven uses for its S series spotting scopes, these binos are perfect for viewing game at long ranges or during low light and make an excellent spotting scope substitute on top of a tripod. Field & Stream, 23 Nov. 2020 Moving with exquisite care, Dave Marsh crept to his spotting scope. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2020 Using your binocular or spotting scope, pivot until the mirage boils straight up and down. John B. Snow, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2020 Binoculars are great for scanning small areas or specific game in spot-and-stalk situations, but a spotting scope is meant for sitting down, getting comfortable, and digging in for the long haul. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 11 Nov. 2020 One look with the spotting scope confirmed my fears, the rams had left their hideout, walked within a hundred yards of my tent in the night, and were on the move. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of spotting scope

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spotting scope was in 1921

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3 Jan 2022

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“Spotting scope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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