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Birding Scopes


This table shows some popular scopes used by birders. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all scopes.

An asterisk in the Eyepiece Design column (45° *) indicates that the same model also comes with a straight-through eyepiece design. The entry (45°/ 90°) means that you can mount either a 45° or a 90° angle prism on the same telescope body.

The prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices. Actual dealer or mail order prices are often significantly less. Most of the scopes can use interchangable eyepieces. A (+) in the Retail Price column means that the price is for the scope body only, with the eyepiece not included

Model Description
and Objective Lens Size
Length
(in)
Weight
(0z)
Eyepiece
Design
Special
Glass
Retail
Price

Small Prismatic Spotting Scopes
Bushnell Spacemaster Black Armored 60mm 11.6 38 straight no $454
Bausch & Lomb PremierHDR 60mm 13 38 45° * no $600
Bausch & Lomb Elite 60mm 12.2 26.5 straight no $720+
Kowa ED Scope TS-613 60mm 12 23 45° * ED glass $999+
Nikon Spotting Scope 60mm 11.75 43.5 45° * no $499+
Nikon Fieldscope II 60mm 12.8 34 45° * no $671+
Nikon Fieldscope II ED 60mm 14.4 45 45° * ED glass $1299+
Swift Panther 844 60mm 12.4 32 straight no $350+
Swift Nighthawk 850U 65mm 12 45 45 * no $640+
Swift Nighthawk 850U-ED 65mm 12 45 45 * no $1350+

Large Prismatic Spotting Scopes
Bausch & Lomb Elite 77mm 16.9 38 straight ED glass $1133+
Kowa TSN-1 77mm 15 48 45° * no $696+
Kowa TSN-3 77mm 15 48 45° * Fluorite $1573+
Leica Televid Angled 77mm 15.3 55 45° * no $779+
Leica Televid APO Angled 77mm 16.1 60.7 45° * Fluorite $1399+
Nikon Fieldscope ED-78A 78mm 14 56.6 45° * ED glass $2170+
Optolyth TBS 80-GA 80mm 15 50 45° * Fluorite $799+
Optolyth TBS 100-GA-APO 100mm 16 5.3 lbs 45° * Fluorite $1999+
Swarovski CT-75 Extendible 75mm 12.4 40 straight no $775+
Swarovski CT-85 Extendible 85mm 9.7 50 straight no $1110+
Swarovski AT80 80mm 16 51.8 45° * no $1110+
Swarovski HD-AT80 80mm 16 51.8 45° * HD glass $1545+
Swift Nighthawk 849U 80mm 14 56 45° * no $860+
Swift Nighthawk 849U-ED 80mm 14 56 45° * ED glass $1800+

Small Astronomical Scopes
Tele Vue Ranger 70mm 18 53 45° / 90° ED glass $795
Celestron S80 80mm 16 41 45° / 90° no $830

Catadioptric Mirror Scopes
Celestron C90 90mm 10 3.9 lbs 45° / 90° NA $920
Celestron C5 127mm 14 5.6 lbs 45° / 90° NA $1300
Questar Birder 3.5 inch 89mm 11 4 lbs 90° NA $2950

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