Spotting Scope Parts & Anatomy

Hover over the areas below to highlight the spotting scope parts and learn more.

Sun Shade

When using the scope in bright conditions, or when the sun is low and shining into the spotting scope’s lens, the built-in extendable sunshade can be used to prevent glare.

Nitrogen Purged

Spotting scopes are filled with nitrogen gas to ensure that no condensation or humidity is held within the optical system which can otherwise haze and cloud the optical view when moving between warm and cold conditions. The nitrogen gas is sealed into the spotting scope during manufacture to ensure no moisture can infringe the optics.

Focus Wheel

The focus wheel can be easily rotated to change the focal distance of the spotting scope. All Hawke spotting scopes are designed to accurately guide and adjust the internal lenses while keeping them protected from outside elements and dirt.
  • Dual Focus Knob – a dual focus knob has two sensitivities for adjustment; coarse and fine. The coarse adjustment is fast changing for quick settings, then the fine adjustment allows for more accurate and precise focus correction.
  • Focus Knob – a single focus knob that allows for adjustment from near to far focal distance.

Tripod Attachment

All Hawke spotting scopes have a tripod fitting with a standard tripod thread (1/4-20 UNC). This allows for positioning and solid mounting to keep the spotting scope still when in use. A rotating tripod band is available on some models to allow body rotation and alternative scope orientation.

Eye Cup Adjustment

Eye cups can be set to ensure the best eye relief for your use. Eyeglasses users often leave the eye cup adjustment in the downward position, while non-eyeglasses users keep the eye cup upright.
  • Twist-Up – with 3 levels of adjustment the eye cup can be twisted into position to suit.
  • Folding – the rubber eye cup can be folded down to suit eyeglasses wearers.


Digi-scoping is the art of using the spotting scope’s optical performance to enhance your camera and capture photos at a much higher magnification. Digi-scope adaptors are available to attach a camera to the spotting scope.

Fixed Power Eyepiece

Fixed power eyepieces offer a wider view while reducing the number of elements and increasing light transmission.