Like binoculars, with scopes, you get what you pay for. You can get a decent spotting scope for $300 to $400 or you can pay as much as $3,000 $4,000. Again, you’ll want to look through different brands and models to see which works best for you.
If you would like the opportunity to look at and compare various binoculars or scopes, drop in to the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center on Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its free Optics Fair. Representatives from many major sport optics manufacturers will be introducing their new products, sharing their whole line of optics and answering questions. There will be discounts and specials as well and the Nature Shop will pay the sales tax on all binoculars and scopes purchased during the event. There will also be door prizes and drawings for binoculars and accessories. So whether you come to just look or to purchase, I hope to see you there!
Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle in Newburyport and the Nature Shop at Joppa Flats.