Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Is an angled or straight scope better for hawk watching?

Is there a consensus amongst hawk watchers about using angled or straight scope?

Thank you,

Cape May, NJ


Dear Ed,
Thanks for your inquiry.

Most hawk watchers only use a scope in order to get an ID on a single, distant hawk.   Almost none use the scope to scan the distant skies for incoming birds.

If they are an avid hawker but not general birder, likely straight scope.  However, most good hawkers are also birders, so they are comfortable with angled scopes. I would say there is no real consensus or “standard.” 

For more information about angled vs. straight scopes, this video might be helpful.


Eagle Optics