The Sussex Astronomy Centre

Spotting Scopes

Spotting telescopes, also known as spotting scopes, are portable telescopes designed for terrestrial observations such as birdwatching, nature observation, and hunting. They are essentially small, lightweight versions of astronomical telescopes, optimized for use during daylight hours.

Spotting scopes generally have a magnification range of 15x to 60x or higher and an objective lens diameter of 60mm to 100mm. The larger the objective lens diameter, the brighter and sharper the image will be, particularly in low light conditions. Spotting scopes may also have features like angled or straight eyepieces, zoom lenses, and image stabilization technology.

One important feature of spotting scopes is their ability to focus at close distances. This is particularly useful for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts who want to observe small details on nearby objects, such as the patterns on a butterfly's wings or the texture of a flower's petals.

Spotting scopes can be used for a variety of outdoor activities, including wildlife observation, nature photography, and target shooting. They are also popular among birders, who use them to observe and identify birds from a distance.

When choosing a spotting scope, it's important to consider factors like magnification, objective lens diameter, and durability. You may also want to look for features like waterproofing and shock resistance, particularly if you plan to use your spotting scope in rugged outdoor environments.


 Celestron Telescopes Main Dealer

Celestron Spotting Scopes are available to order, with some now in stock. Click HERE for the Brochure, and ring us on 01903 247317 for availability.


Barr & Stroud Logo    Barr & Stroud
Barr and Stroud Sahara Spotting Scope  

Sahara 15-45x 60mm Spotting Scope  124.99 

In Stock

 Sahara 20-60x 80mm Spotting scope    174.99

 In Stock

Sierra 20-60x 80mm Duel speed Spotting Scope   249.99 

In Stock 


Acuter Pro Series Acuter Spotting Scopes  Natureclose waterproof range
65mm  16-48x zoom  179.00
80mm  20-60x zoom  239.00  
100mm 22-67x zoom  379.00
All model angled or straight eyepieces
Sky at Night Highly Commended
Acuter Grand Vista Acuter Spotting Scopes  Grandvista Series Dual speed waterproof range


Dual-Speed Waterproof Spotting scope

  • Dual-Speed Focuser (15:1 Ratio) with Precision Fine-Focusing
  • Accepts Standard 1.25" Push-fit Telescope Eyepieces
  • Extendable Sunshade/Dew shield with Handy Sighting Line
  • Robust Shock-Resistant Rubber Armoured Body
  • Spotting Scope Fully Rotatable in Collar
  • Quality Stay-On Case
80mm  angled eyepiece 20 - 60x zoom  To Order 349.00
80mm ED  angled or straight eyepiece 20 - 60x zoom To order
100mm   angled or straight eyepiece 22 - 66x zoom To order
We have now expanded our range of tripods and can meet most needs. Pop in to find out more!
The above is only a small selection from our range of Spotting Scopes.

Call in for details.


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