Spotting scopes are excellent optics devices that are not only simple to carry but have outstanding magnification abilities as well. There are two types of spotting scopes, namely those with a straight and an angled body. With straight scopes, the body and eyepiece lie on the same optical plane, while in an angled-body scope, the line of sight is at an angle. We were glad to see some innovations this year, but the Coronavirus hit and delayed this process a bit.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IWA 2020, an annual trade fair, was canceled. The same goes for IWA 2021 and Shot Show 2021, which leads us to the conclusion that this might be the reason not that many innovations were introduced in the past year, especially in the field of spotting scopes. However, many manufacturers did not disappoint, so let us take a look at some of our top picks from the year 2020.
Swarovski 115 mm Objective Module
On October 1st, 2020, a new Swarovski 115 mm spotting scope objective module was introduced, establishing new norms for all spotting scopes around. This module has the largest lens diameter on the market. Another addition that makes these optics stand out is that Swarovski Optik itself is the one who produces this lens. Regardless of whether you are outside at dawn, dusk, or in the midst of the day, this product ensures that nothing can escape your gaze. The additional 20 mm in diameter also adds 45% more light than the previous, 95 mm model, which is a great improvement.
Vortex Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes
Spotting scopes that we know under the name Vortex Diamondback are immensely popular, as they are compact, lightweight, and always worth the price. In the middle of 2020, the optics market gained . How have they been improved? This model has an updated HD optical system, a new and better magnification range, as well as larger objective lenses.
This spotting scope was produced because Vortex wanted to make a backcountry hunting spotter with all the advantages of an HD optical system and zero of the sticker shock. With the extended diameters of the objective lens and improved magnification, the 2020 Diamondback HD spotting scopes ensure a bright image throughout the magnification range and, as accurate for all Diamondback optics, the sturdy construction stands up to harsh conditions in the field.
Oftentimes, a pair of binocular is not enough to recognize all the details. You might notice it is a crow but is it a Carrion crow or a Flores crow? They look extremely similar at long distances. This is where a spotting scope comes in, as its magnification begins where binoculars’ ends. Even though 2020 was not the best year for introducing new spotting scopes, we hope this article helps, as the only real downside is not trying them out.