Binoculars, Spotting Scopes and Tripods for Bird Watching

The GTA Optics Store

If you are in the market for a pair of binoculars, a spotting scope or tripod you don't need to leave the GTA. We have an excellent in-stock selection of premium quality binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods and accessories. We recommend you try using binoculars, spotting scopes and tripods prior to making a purchase.

Over 70 different binoculars ranging in price from under $150 to $4,000

Over 30 different spotting scopes ranging in price from $273 to over $4,000

13 different tripods in stock

We feature the following binocular product lines:

Swarovski   Zeiss   Kowa   Vortex   Nikon   Celestron   Kite   Opticron   Vanguard

We feature the following spotting scope product lines:

Swarovski   Kowa   Vortex   Celestron   Kite

We feature the following tripod product lines:

Vortex   Celestron   Manfrotto   Kite

If you need help purchasing a pair of binoculars, a spotting scope or a tripod our experienced expert birders will assist you in making a logical and educated decision for the right product. We want to help you make the right purchase and ensure you feel good about your choice.

Learn All About Binoculars, Spotting Scopes and Tripods

Watch the informational sessions I presented to the membership of the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) to learn more about optics.

Optics - Understand Binoculars Before You Buy

Optics - Choosing Scopes and Tripods

Binoculars for...

Observing your birds in your backyard or going out to a park for a bird/nature walk is a great way to relax and enjoy your free time. Observing the behaviour of your birds from a far can be very satisfying but there are times when a pair of binoculars can add greatly to your enjoyment.

Binoculars are not just for "birding hikes" where they are a must to get a good view of a bird that is sitting in a tree a few hundred feet away but when watching birds in your backyard extra detail will be available to you if you have a good pair of binoculars on hand. Binoculars will bring the image of the bird you are observing close enough for you to distinguish the various markings on the bird to help you make positive identification. You might be watching a bird you can easily identify without binoculars but what you miss from a far is the subtle behaviours. How often have you seen a Cardinal at your bird feeder eating your seed? Probably many times. But how often have you ever actually been able to watch how the Cardinal actually opens up a black oil sunflower seed?

We carry a large selection of binoculars at various price points for the beginner, advanced or backyard birder. We feature models in the three main categories; compact, mid-size and full size. In each category we have 8x and 10x power binoculars available.

Our birding experts can help you choose which pair is right for you based on how you plan to use your pair of binoculars. We can help you:

  • understand what all the "numbers" mean and which ones are important to you                                                                                                          
  • which pair "fits" your face the best 
  • adjustments required if you wear glasses or if you do not require glasses
  • how to set-up your binoculars properly to achieve the best focus
  • lead you through a series optics quality tests to help you make the best decision
  • Don't let all the technical jargon make you throw up your hands up in frustration and just decide not to make a binocular purchase, come in and see us and we will assist you in making a logical and educated decision for the right pair of binoculars


Spotting Scopes for...

With the spring migration now here a spotting scope can really make a difference on your next birding trip. Spring is a great time to make a trip out to look at migrating shore birds at the lakefront, marshes, ponds and don't forget the sewage lagoons. A pair of binoculars will let you see the bird but details will be vague even with a 10x binocular.

Spotting scopes can offer 20x-60x magnification. All of a sudden that bird you could kind of see in your binoculars is brought to life in full colour and detail. We only started using a spotting scope a few years ago when we got much more interested in shorebirds, ducks, gulls and seabirds while birding the Tip at Longpoint. We used to use the "house" scope and realized when we returned home we needed our own. Now a spring birding trip to the is not complete without our spotting scope. Of course a spotting scope is great in the winter to watch our winter duck population.

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