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

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There are spotting scopes to improve your chances of seeing one. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Where to see California condors in the wild," 6 Sep. 2019 Bring binoculars or a spotting scope to zoom in on the action. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "Wolves are making a comeback. Here’s where to see them," 2 July 2019 Wildlife watching Most who venture out to see wildlife or bird-watch will bring binoculars, a spotting scope, a rangefinder and a camera with a long lens, plus identification books. Tom Stienstra,, "Tips for customizing your favorite outdoor gear," 5 June 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of spotting scope

1921, in the meaning defined above

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