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 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, "3 Great Reasons to Own a Spotting Scope," 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, "The Dall Sheep That Almost Killed Me," 9 Sep. 2020 All told, this was the standout optic in this year’s spotting scope category, and a worthy recipient of our Editor’s Choice award. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best New Spotting Scopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 Not many years ago, these optics companies would pour those resources into a flagship binocular or spotting scope, or into a riflescope with super-premium glass that might pair with an heirloom rifle. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 With his professional video gear still in New York, Torres put up hummingbird feeders and invested in a spotting scope and clamps to attach his iPhone to the feeders. Gillian Flaccus,, "Bird-watching soars amid coronavirus as Americans head outdoors," 2 May 2020 Dual-Purpose Tripod: Glassing is an integral part of hunting the West, and with few exceptions that means carrying a tripod and spotting scope. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Building the Ultimate Open-Country Hunting Rifle," 14 Feb. 2020 Most visitors bring binoculars and spotting scopes. Tom Stienstra,, "Wildlife areas, refuges remain open amid coronavirus shutdowns," 19 Mar. 2020 For the time being, ignore those otherwise-kind instincts to trade binoculars and let others take peeks through your spotting scope. cleveland, "Coronavirus destress guide: Parks, walks, streaming movies and concerts, and more to benefit your physical and mental health," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of spotting scope

1921, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Spotting scope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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