Re: Advice on a mid-priced spotting scope.
I have some interesting observations about spotting scopes. I have a Nikon Fieldscope ED III and it is a real nice piece of glass and retails for around $1700. It is extremely sharp and I can easily see 22 caliber bullet holes on white targets at 300 yards if the mirage isn't too bad. Seeing bullet holes at 100 yards with the scope on 20x is a piece of cake you can really see lots of definition when you crank it up to 60x.
My buddy has a Burris Landmark 15-45x that sells for around $170. The scope is not near as sharp when looking at targets, but it gets the job done with no complaints. What pisses me off is that when we are looking at deer he can always see antlers easier than I can. The image isn't as sharp as the view through my Fieldscope, but the way the colors come through lets you see the antlers better.
I've often wondered about selling my Fieldscope, buying a cheap Burris and using the extra money to buy another gun. haha In all honestly I love my Nikon but that Burris Landmark sure surprises me with how well it performs for under $200