If your scouting this time of year, I would shoot for the dawn or dusk hours. Elk tend to snooze more through the hot summer days and if you are hunting in thick cover you won't see as many (if any) since they just bed down.
Scope out the watering holes in the area too, some holes will have elk sign in and out.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...