Re: 4ked Horn - What spotter did you get?
If you have an excell spreadsheet I will send you an email with my notations on the top 5 contenders for my criteria. This included two nikons and a leupy.
It is not compact per se but it is not large either. I think you will need to decide which category to stick it in. I will most likely never pack my scope anywhere that I don't go on a vehicle so size was not a HUGE concern. I wanted good light transmition for the size but I certainly didn't want the Hubble telescope either.
Fixed power is a fine idea especially if you are thinking about something like the Minox 22 wide angle. I really like that I can switch lenses and I will also be getting the available photo addapter. I would realy like to have a picture make it onto the cover of VHA someday. (Me and every other member of VHA)
GRAVITY. It's not just a good idea. It's the LAW!