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  1. tenex

    Different scope for birds and for stars?

    On birding vs astro, bear in mind that a spotting scope isn't really designed to give very much wider field or higher magnification than the eyepiece it came with. If it's high quality you can push the magnification somewhat further with astro EPs, but its light path and sealing window are only...
  2. tenex

    Different scope for birds and for stars?

    Being realistic, a good quality ~80mm spotter with ~20-60x zoom (even if not interchangeable) will serve very well in daytime, and also be fun for the sort of casual astronomy suggested here. The field may be a bit narrow but it's easy enough to zoom out to 20x to find things. Unless you have...
  3. tenex

    Different scope for birds and for stars?

    There's no "basic" difference, anything (within reason) can be used to some extent for either purpose, so it's just a question of what's most convenient for whichever you're doing the most of. Besides all the above, birding scopes generally have a 45° eyepiece angle or straight (depending on...