Rigging for the New Year

It’s the beginning of the New Year, and I know it’s cold outside. ‘Tis here in the South, far worse in the North. Yet, I know many of us are ready to take to the field or are contemplating plans to do so. We turn to checking our equipment and making sure it’s ready or deciding to go for something better. After all, we are desirous of the best experiences we can have and share with our fellow and intrepid travelers. How shall we rig for the adventures of this brand new year?

Standard equipment now, a good pair of binoculars, field guide, a good pair of boots, cap, some means of carrying the necessities. Yet, I know there are many times when a good scope is required as well. A good scope requires a good tripod. Ducks and shorebirds on the water, Sandhill and Whooping Cranes in grassy fields and marshes, Gallinules and Green Herons in the bayous-all better seen with a scope. Don’t forget the Peregrines on the rocky cliffs or the Bald Eagles nested in the pines above a mountain lake. There are so many times when a good scope is such a grand instrument to have at hand.

Experience tells this author that one should not try to just get by when considering any optical equipment. This is true for scopes as well. Remember you are buying or wanting to buy equipment that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors for years to come. You are also buying the company. Make sure the company backs their product with a great warranty and service.

The Vortex 20-60 x 80 Viper HD Spotting Scope is worthy of your consideration. It is backed up by an unconditional and unlimited warranty. It comes in two configurations, straight and angled. Its lenses and prisms are of high density glass and fully multi-coated. The fog proofing is accomplished with Argon gas, a noble gas, extending the life of the scope owing to its inability to attack the O-rings and seals. It has dual focus, a great feature. Couple that with the Vortex Pro Skyline Tripod and you have a rig that is easy to get into the field and will make the experience so worthwhile. Pair a quality scope with a quality tripod. There is nothing more frustrating than having your investment in a scope being compromised by an inadequate, wobbly, heavy, useless tripod. You’ll find the Skyline is the polar opposite of that with anodized padded aluminum legs and a balance hook. It’s topped off with a micro-fluid head for smooth, easy panning of the environs. The Skyline is again backed by a very good warranty.

This author is ready to go on his next trip to the field and knows exactly to what body of water he heads. Binoculars-check; boots-check; field guide-check; cap-check; scope and tripod-you bet! Hope you’re equipped and ready as well. Happy birding!