Scope or monoc­u­lar?

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Q Could you clar­ify the dif­fer­ence be­tween a spot­ting scope and a monoc­u­lar, please? Vidusi

A Es­sen­tially it’s a mat­ter of size. ‘Monoc­u­lar’ is usu­ally used to mean a small, hand­held tele­scope, with an ob­jec­tive lens of less than around 40mm – they’re light, por­ta­ble, and easy to use with one hand, and don’t need a tri­pod. They’re not hugely pop­u­lar with bird­ers, be­cause they don’t gen­er­ally of­fer any­thing that a binoc­u­lar doesn’t give you, but those who com­bine their bird­ing with other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as climb­ing or fell-walk­ing, some­times pre­fer them. A spot­ting scope, on the other hand, gen­er­ally has an ob­jec­tive lens of at least 50mm, and re­quires a tri­pod for a steady view, be­cause of its size and weight.

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