Annually, I spend hundreds of hours behind my scope, most of which for watching games. Over the years, I’ve learned from the experiences about my spotting scope and the way to use it. You may take it for granted that the procedure is so simple: Just put the glass in front of your eyes targeting at the animal and observe it. Easier said than done, however. The matter is that how proficient a spotting scope user you become. Here are the tips for you.
Find A Good Location
When you reach your intended destination, the first thing you should do is to look over the terrain and find a flat, solid and rock-free area. The reason is these conditions create a stable base for your spotting scope and also an ideal space for your sleeping pad to be laid and folded quickly and easily. This one I suppose to be a must-have item, which ensures hours of ache-free spotting. I also use my backpack as a backrest by putting it behind me. It really helps in case you watch your game on your rump.
Set Your Scope
After you arrange your pad, the next thing is setting your scope with its accessories like a tripod. Be ensured that everything is set appropriately. If you find anything improper, make adjustments if necessary. A comfortable position and a well-assembled device set will increase your glassing efficiency. Normally, start your observing by kneeling then adjust the tripod to achieve the right height. Then, put your eye to the eyepiece to check if everything is fine.
Now that you are pleasant and your scope is set in a perfect way, start scanning with your spotting scope. Often you will find the target you’re looking for quickly by simply scanning around with your scope. Once you find an animal, you want a clearer view, then zoom the scope all the way out to get a larger field of view for quicker locating the animal. If your targeted animal is on the move, the tip is adjusting the scope so that the animal is in the center of your view, then start zooming in gradually. Don’t jump from the lowest zoom level to the highest because a blur effect will occur and cause you to panic. As a result, the object will be out of your view and you have to start over again. So zoom in steadily with one hand on the scope’s focus dial and the other off to it to avoid shaking the tripod. Once your desired clarity and power setting are achieved, put your hand-off the focus dial to ensure you don’t even cause the slightest shake.
Deal With The Sun
Another spotting-scope tip is how to deal with the gusting heat from the sun. Whatever kind of animals you are hunting, the heat waves are obstacles distorting your view. To beat those frustrating waves, one way is to zoom out to a lower level. Or if there are coming clouds, wait for them to pass and zoom back in. The passing clouds quickly lessen the heat waves. The moments the sun appears back, zoom out again.