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Old 08-15-2011, 07:54 AM
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Best spotting scope under $1,000

I have read a ton of the posts on the subject of spotting scopes but have not really seen a consensus. I am looking for a Straight spotting scope, under $1,000. I will use it a lot of the time for target shooting, but I also intend to use it for hunting muley's, antelope, elk...etc and would like for it to be as compact as possible. Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:05 PM
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Re: Best spotting scope under $1,000

I have a Bushnell Elite 15x45x60 and it works very well for what you are looking for, plus can be had for under 400.00..
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:33 PM
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Re: Best spotting scope under $1,000

without hesitation I'll say the KOWA 82mm with a strait eye piece and the uncoated lenses. I have one, and have about $780 in it plus the cover. I use the 27x eyepiece, and it'll pick out the pull pin on a pop rivit at 375 yards with no problems. Your gonna have to spend about $1200 to get something better, and then only slightly better
gary
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:00 PM
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Re: Best spotting scope under $1,000

I am starting out in High Power competition shooting and I just bought the KOWA TSN-82SV. It is a very popular spotting scope amongst all the folks that shoot High Power.

The glass on the KOWA scopes is awesome. KOWA's are also used by a lot of Birders...and those guys can be quite picky about their optics. I do not know any reason why it could not pull double duty for hunting.

I suggest an angled eye piece. I got the 25x long-eye relief for shooting with eye protection (glasses). You can get higher magnification eye pieces but much higher than 25x and the mirage takes over.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:58 PM
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Re: Best spotting scope under $1,000

I have a Leupold Gold Ring 25x50mm fixed spotting scope that I love! It is light and compact and it will be with you when you need it instead of sitting in the truck! The quality of glass is excellent also!

Leupold makes a new scope that I believe is a 15-30x50mm Gold Ring Compact that is a winner also. I checked one out at the store and if I had not purchased the 25 power fixed scope already, I would likely get this one. I am very happy with the one I own though and these are around $400.00 to $500.00.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:10 PM
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Re: Best spotting scope under $1,000

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I have a Leupold Gold Ring 25x50mm fixed spotting scope that I love! It is light and compact and it will be with you when you need it instead of sitting in the truck! The quality of glass is excellent also!

Leupold makes a new scope that I believe is a 15-30x50mm Gold Ring Compact that is a winner also. I checked one out at the store and if I had not purchased the 25 power fixed scope already, I would likely get this one. I am very happy with the one I own though and these are around $400.00 to $500.00.
when you have a 50mm lense divided by 30x you end up with a light factor of 1.66. That's pretty dim. An 82mm lense with a 27x eyepiece will give you a 3.0, and that's about all the light you'd ever want comming into your eyes unless you were a teenager. Even a 45x eyepiece will give you 1.8 with 50% more magnification. Plus the KOWA has extremely good glass.
gary
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:56 AM
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Re: Best spotting scope under $1,000

I bet you never will get a consensus on scopes at this price range (PROBABLY not at any price range) I have a minox 62ED w/ 20-45 straight eyepiece, and like it very much for hunting. At 2lbs1oz and 13" long, it is very lite and packable. The focus dial is very easy to use, and the image is great. I don't have a great deal of experience with spotting scopes but I can tell you that looking at a two story house at 400yds (just under) at sunset, looking at a small window (probably a bathroom) on hi (45x) I can see the difference in depth between the window trim and wall. (you can see that the trim stands out from the wall, not flat or even with the wall) The color and 3 dimensional image are very comparable to my swaro 10x42 slc's. You can get great deals on this scope in the demo section on SWFA or Cameraland ($699. or less. grabbed mine from swfa for under $500. last year) Another one to consider. Good luck.
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