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dying to kill
03-02-2013, 03:39 PM
Alrite iv got my spotter picked out im going with vortex razor 16-48x65 I think it will fit me best but the stumper is fixed or straight, straight makes more scense to me cuz i could bring it up to my eye quicker to line up with what im lookin at but most guys have angled. Thoughts please dont wanna make a mistake here!!

Ikeepitcold
03-02-2013, 03:51 PM
I prefer strait for the only reason is its easier for me to quickly find what I'm looking at.

Ikeepitcold
03-02-2013, 03:53 PM
I have the same spotter. You will really like it. Mine is HD is that what you have decided on?

Bitterroot Bulls
03-02-2013, 03:53 PM
Here is my standard response to this question:

Typically the arguments go like this:

Straight:

1. Easier to get on target.
2. Easier to glass from above.
3. Easier to glass from a vehicle.

Angled:

1. Easier on the neck.
2. Easier to glass up.
3. Easier to use with multiple people of different sizes.
4. You can use a shorter/lighter tripod.
5. Supports a digiscoping setup better.

I use angled, because most angled scopes have a rotating color that more or less evens the field with the straight, except about getting on target easier. After some practice, though getting on target with an angled scope is second nature, at least for me.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-02-2013, 03:56 PM
IKIC,

You got the new Razor HD65mm?

Looks like a sweet scope, how do you like it? Pretty lucky to get one. Not many have them.

I haven't even heard of a non-HD Razor.

dying to kill
03-02-2013, 08:01 PM
yes, it is hd i really love the 85mm and the wife gave the green light i jus think it will be to big when packing in.The dealer i have been talking with can get it to me for$1200 is that about what u paid? how about low light? I have yet to be able to get my eyes on one at dusk or dawn its prob gonna be the deal maker or breaker on this scope, it must be great in low light.!!!
I have the same spotter. You will really like it. Mine is HD is that what you have decide,d on?

dying to kill
03-02-2013, 08:02 PM
Thanks bb you have some good points again!!
Here is my standard response to this question:

Typically the arguments go like this:

Straight:

1. Easier to get on target.
2. Easier to glass from above.
3. Easier to glass from a vehicle.

Angled:

1. Easier on the neck.
2. Easier to glass up.
3. Easier to use with multiple people of different sizes.
4. You can use a shorter/lighter tripod.
5. Supports a digiscoping setup better.

I use angled, because most angled scopes have a rotating color that more or less evens the field with the straight, except about getting on target easier. After some practice, though getting on target with an angled scope is second nature, at least for me.

ando_31
03-03-2013, 06:58 AM
I have owned a straight and angled spotting scope. I personally prefer the angled spotting scope now that I am comfortable finding my target (this took some time getting used to). The only pitfall to the angled scope is that when I let someone else borrow it to verify their findings, they can't find their target very easily.

As for using it from a vehicle, I prefer the angled. When using the straight from the vehicle I always had to kink my neck to get a good view through it. As for the angled, the spotter I own is on a collar like BB mentioned and I rotate it when in use on a window mount. The result is almost a 180 degree view by only rotating the eyepiece instead of having to adjust the angle of the vehicle.

The angled spotter I have can be rotated 360 degrees thus the angle of the eyepiece can even be angled downward hence making it easier to use at extreme downgrade angles. Angled is the way to go if you use your spotter often and spend hours looking through it. On the other hand, if all you use your spotter for is for verifying a distant object or needing a closer look at that buck once in a while, then I would go with the straight spotter.

dying to kill
03-03-2013, 08:31 PM
thanks 31 you have some very good points as well!!

dzlfarmboy
03-17-2013, 10:01 AM
Def angled after spending time behind both for a while.

packmule
03-17-2013, 10:14 AM
I like angled for window mounts and straight for most other uses

Drhorsepower
03-17-2013, 11:21 AM
I like angled for window mounts and straight for most other uses

That's weird, opposite of most people.

packmule
03-17-2013, 05:59 PM
It's just preference and have it cocked sideways some.

Jwood
04-29-2013, 11:57 AM
Good info here. I'm currently in the market for a spotter too. Is the straight easier to pack in a back pack?

Fatrascal
05-09-2013, 08:22 PM
http://www.eagleoptics.com/articles/technical-guide/choosing-an-angled-or-straight-spotting-scope
I've had both angled and straight and for me angled wins hands down. fatrascal.