Re: Best Spotting Scope for the $$
The 12-40X60 Leupold Gold Ring HD is in your price range and is very easy on the eyes with it's 30mm of eye relief all the way out to 40 power. I'd put it up there close to the ATM 20-60X65 Swaro I have. The Swaro is awesome, but when you get past 40 power the eye relief sucks. I use the Leupy way more for hunting now. I picked mine up for $700 gently used. IMHO the Leupold Compact tripod is a POS....I'll make you a good deal on one if you like?
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