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"Micro" spotting scopes - handy travel size

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I just received an announcement of two "micro" sized spotting scopes that are supposed to be much easier to fit in one's carry-on luggage than standard scopes. They seem to use good materials and the price is surprisingly low.

 

They also look to be quite usable on a beanbag, like I discovered conventional spotting scopes are on a recent trip to Kenya.

 

They are in preorder status now but I found one review at B&H Photo that gave it 5 starts and had good things to say - comments included "rugged, light and bright".

 

http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/sport-optics/spotting-scopes/series/hummingbird-spotting-scopes

 

I have not been able to find their dimensions yet, but the manufacturer website says they can easily fit in a jacket pocket or fanny pack. They weight 590 grams - as opposed to Swarovski's smallest scope (ATS 65) which weighs 1130 grams.

 

 

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Pentax Hand-held Spotting Scope

~ @@offshorebirder

 

Almost two decades ago a generous friend gave me a Pentax hand-held spotting scope which fits the description you've given.

It's portable, bright, reliable.

Strongly recommend.

Tom K.

 

 

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