I have a very good spotting scope, a fairly new Zeiss 85mm w/20-60x eyepiece, but I find hours of one-eyed viewing to be uncomfortable. I almost always use 20x, 90% of my scope birding is over water, and I find distortion and shake to negate any advantage from higher magnification.
I was considering mounting a 15x50 Vortex Viper on a tripod, but am reluctant to spend $650+ on an experiment that may be a failure and I have no experience with the stability or durability of bin/tripod adaptors. I'm also a little reluctant given that I've seen only one or two folks in my 37 years of birding with a bin/tripod set-up.
Do you have any insight on this matter, pros or cons? Will you have any reps in Michigan, perhaps at a festival or show, where I might have an opportunity to try such a set-up? Thanks for any information you can provide.
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics. The tripod and binocular setup should work well for you and reduce eye fatigue since you’ll have both eyes open.
You’re right that most folks don’t use these setups. I’d argue that there are two reasons for that. Most of the time, people like the light gathering of a scope (bigger front lenses) and there is not a wide selection of binoculars in similar front lens sizes.
I guess a lot of folks also don’t mind the one-eye viewing. But if if is a problem for you, I think the bin/tripod setup might be your ideal fix.
We don’t have any upcoming festivals in Michigan, but we do have a full 30-day return policy. You have 30 days from the time you receive the order to set it up and check it out. If you’re not happy for any reason, you can return it in original condition for a full refund or exchange.