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Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:25 AM
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Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

I think I have finally convinced myself to drop a couple grand on a high-end HD spotting scope. It looks like the choices are Kowa, Vortex and Swarovski. I really wish I could line them all up test them together at dusk from 1000 yards but I doubt Ill have that opportunity. Which one should I buy??
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:22 AM
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Re: Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

Before you drop the cash on them look into the Pentax Line... I have Kowa's now and I swear my old pentax scopes were more clear and crisp.

I looked thru Kowa's,Swaro's, bushnell's, Nikon, Celestron's Burris and I would rate the Pentax at or near the top for half the cost of some.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:49 PM
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Re: Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

I read a good review by a MT guide on vortex hd 20-60x85. He had used alot of brands, price was 1500 about?
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:34 PM
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Re: Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

I still have one of JUDD's old Pentax PF80 ED spotters.
I can let you have it, with a XW-20 eyepiece, for $750 shipped and insured to your door.
It only has a small area of the lock ring that was filed down in an attempt to make BIG-EYES out of the pair.
I have two so this is an extra/back-up.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:40 PM
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Re: Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

I'd also suggest a look at Pentax in Spotter. Did some field testing for them about 15 years ago and was really impressed with the price v. quality. The Spotter was A+ on clarity and light gathering. Still have a 6x24 mil-dot that is of great quality and has had thousands of rounds shot under it and spent its life bouncing around my pickup on an old 220 Swift. Might save you a couple of bucks and still get quality results.PENTAX Sport Optics Home
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:14 PM
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Re: Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

That's a steal for that scope....The clarity and brightness of them is amazing
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:59 PM
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Re: Which High-End Spotter to Buy?

I would take alook at the new zeiss 85tfl with the 20-75 eyepiece.I just got one 2 days ago and it's unreal, clear, bright,very sharp. It was in the 20's yesterday with very little haze at extreme long range. I was looking at some guys tractor in his yard and I could read the name brand ( long brand name) at I know, at least 5 to 7 miles. I was amazed, never thought a scope could do that and so clear, bright and sharp a picture. It's one investment I'm glad I made.
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