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Birding (and wildlifing) with a spotting-scope

There are many amateur birders who use binoculars to pursue birding. Some of you might have also seen serious birders watching birds with spotting scopes. The amount of light reflected by a subject to the eye, through the lenses of a scope, is far greater than the regular birding binoculars of, say,  8x40 dimension. This translates to far better visibility of a bird when seen through a scope, under comparable lighting. I personally feel seeing a bird with a spotting scope is the next level of experience in birding. I would never see a bird through binoculars, if I can see the same through my scope.  With improved technology and production on a bigger scale, a) the prices of optics like spotting scopes have gone south. b) modern day spotting scopes are far lighter (mine weighs less than 2 kilos). c) many recent scopes allow one to fix a pocket digital camera (or even DSLRs) to the scope's eye-piece. This converts the scope into a fixed focal length, long-range