Bird Watching Telescopes
Bird Watching Telescope Reviews
For more than two decades fatbirder.com has given free, impartial information and advice to birdwatchers all over the world. Part of being an information-rich website for birders has been to carry reviews of everything associated with birding from the best binoculars for birding to books, spotting-scopes to software as well as Apps and accessories.
This page brings together the most recent telescope reviews. I don’t give ‘stars’ or ratings because different telescopes suit the different needs of people and their pockets. The spotting scope suitable for a new young birder may well get upgraded if they continue to pursue this hobby. What I do is to recommend some telescopes and say if they are good value for money and if they are top quality.
While my reviews go back to 1998 (that’s forever in internet years) I have selected only those reviews that remain relevant and I will continue to add to them. Most reviews are written by me (Bo Beolens, founder and operator of Fatbirder.com) I do not publish unsolicited reviews, although I have published several from ‘guest reviewers’. These are friends, relatives and other birders known to me. I will consider such offers ONLY when I can be 100% sure they are independent (or clearly state their vested interest) and maintain the absolute integrity of this site.
With some optics I offer the opportunity to buy the product via a direct link to the optics maker of high-profile retailer. Otherwise they can be purchased via a link to the least expensive purveyor that I am aware of.