Help me pick a spotting scope!
May 29, 2012 1:01 PM Subscribe
I would like to buy someone a spotting scope for wildlife viewing as a gift. What's the best bang for my buck? What's the best place to find online reviews and information to help me in my research?
posted by charmedimsure to shopping (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend is closing on a new (to us) house soon. It's on a bluff that overlooks a coastal refuge that sees a ton of migratory bird and other wildlife activity, and although we like the house itself, the location is pretty much the reason for its purchase. We are really excited about learning about what's going on down there.
To that end, as a housewarming present, I would like to buy him a decent spotting scope that will live by the wall of upstairs windows. I don't particularly want to spend more than $500, although I can if that's necessary to get something of acceptable quality. At this point, I don't even know where to start; if there were a beginners' starter guide somewhere online that would be a good thing. I'd also really appreciate specific model and make suggestions, or suggested specs or...other general guidance.
This needs to be either available in Anchorage, Alaska or orderable without ridiculous shipping costs here.