spotting scope

noun

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

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One afternoon that week, Phil got his spotting scope and drove his red Chevy toward one of his horn-hunting spots, a ridge from which gullies descended to a river. Abe Streep, New York Times, "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For," 4 Apr. 2018 Equipped with spotting scopes and binoculars, guides accompany tourists on glass-bottom boats that make the 20-minute trip across the Atlantic from the fishing village of Speyside. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 Visitors at six lakes in the San Bernardino National Forest and two California state parks come with notebooks, cameras and spotting scopes. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "‘These Eagles Are More Than Just a Symbol’," 20 Mar. 2018 But until the trees leaf out, the nest should be easily viewable from the Towpath Trail with the aid of binoculars or a spotting scope. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Bald eagles nest in Cleveland for first time in a century (map)," 28 Feb. 2018 There are many places around the state to drive to, park and spot animals with binoculars or spotting scopes. Roger Phillips, idahostatesman, "Mid-winter, early spring offer a lot to hunters, wildlife watchers | Idaho Statesman," 9 Jan. 2018 Looking for the deer through a spotting scope, Weingarten saw the snow leopard stalking a group of blue sheep. National Geographic, "Rare Snow Leopard Kills Sheep in First-Ever Photographs," 20 Dec. 2017 Slankard suggests quietly viewing them through binoculars or a spotting scope from a few hundred feet away to avoid disturbing them. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "A rare snowy owl was spotted in Kentucky – and it might be the first of many this winter," 18 Dec. 2017 Stay in a vehicle, which makes a terrific blind, when possible and use binoculars, a spotting scope or a telephoto lens. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Snowy owl rescued in northern Indiana dies, second owl on the mend," 8 Dec. 2017

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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