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PostSubject: Spotting Scope Recommendation   Spotting Scope Recommendation Empty8/28/2013, 10:17 am

My wife has asked me for a Christmas list and since I just bought a new ml & scope I thought a spotting scope would be great for the range.  Does anyone have any recommendations on a spotting scope?  I have found them listed from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.  Since I don't live out west where I could use one hunting, I really only need it for the range so I am looking for a decent scope without breaking the bank.  Thanks for any help.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotting Scope Recommendation   Spotting Scope Recommendation Empty8/28/2013, 10:21 am

If you're just using it at the bench, it won't be subjected to any abuse in the field. I'd go look through a few and pick the cheapest one that you like.

I had a 45x Redfield years ago that held up well. I gave it to my brother who lives in Montana. He needed it more than I.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotting Scope Recommendation   Spotting Scope Recommendation Empty8/28/2013, 12:36 pm

Same as rifle scopes, price usually reflects quality.

For the rifle range and field use, I’d go with a spotting scope that has an angled eye-piece, is fog-proof, and has a starting zoom power below 20X.    

I have an inexpensive $100 spotting which “does-the-job” on the 100 yards rifle range.  However, if I wanted to step it up a notch or two, I’d check into the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 12-36 x50 (45 degree) Spotting Scope ( $300-$350 range), or the Vanguard Endeavor HD 65A Angled Eyepiece Spotting Scope with 15-45x Magnification ($500-$600). 

http://www.bushnell.com/all-products/spotting-scopes/legend-ultra-hd/12–36-x-50mm-(45°)

http://www.vanguardworld.com/index.php/en/os/products/hunting-outdoor/detail-2-10-262-991.html



 
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PostSubject: Re: Spotting Scope Recommendation   Spotting Scope Recommendation Empty9/9/2013, 12:00 pm

I have a Konus 20-60x80mm and it works good. My ecology instructor has on older Leupold and mine was way better than his at thousands of dollars less. I don't profess to say that my $220 spotting scope is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I just know it is way better than the one and only Leupold I compared it to. 

The biggest thing I have found is you will want to spend a large chunk of change for a solid tripod to mount it on. Even the slightest wind will have a cheap one looking all over the map!

http://www.opticsplanet.com/konus-konuspot-80-80mm-3-1-spotting-scope.html

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