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Old 11-05-2012, 10:32 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

I am not sure what kind of hunting you do but if you do a lot of hiking you aren't going to like the 80's in any brand. They are bulky and very heavy especially the high end glass.

If you do go 80 the Razor deserves a hard look. It is very hard to tell the difference between it and the Swaros, Zeiss, and Leica. The much lower price is just a great bonus! I owned the Swaro STS 65HD and currently own the 80HD and if I would have been able to look through a razor I wouldn't have owned either.

I would personally look at some 65's if you can. In everything but very low light they will be just as good for what you described. I am not sure what your price point is but the new Leica 65 is incredible but very pricey! Around 12 inches, 38 ounces and tremendous glass!

Another often overlooked spotter which is surprisingly good is the Leupold 60 HD. It is about 12 inches and 38 ounces and provides very good picture. I actually prefer to have a lower power like this scope offers as it gives some options when low light is an issue. Plus 12x gives a very nice field of view.

The Pentax 65 is very nice as well, as are the old Nikon field scopes. I haven't tried the new ones.

Good Luck!

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Old 11-07-2012, 07:20 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

I used to borrow a buddies Nikon 82 mm Fieldscope, 25-75x82. This spotter was great for long range spotting of animals across wheat fields in early morning and late evening setting's. I was very impressed with the anount of light gathering and the clarity of glass giving me excellent detail on whitetail bucks. This is not what I would call a light weight spotter or inexpensive ( $1500-$2000), but it will do what you want it too.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:06 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

I really like my Zen-Ray ED2 20-60x82mm Angled Spotting Scope. The price is pretty reasonable for what you get and the spotting scope is very comparable to the Vortex Razor HD 20-60x 85mm Angled Spotting Scope for less than 2/3 of the cost.

I got my Zen-Ray ED2 20-60x82mm Angled Spotting Scope from Wayfair.com

They are only $1,022.99 right now and I think that price is the cheapest I've seen.

Zen-Ray 20-60x82mm Angled Spotting Scope with Dielectric Prism Coating | Wayfair

If you want the Zen-Ray ED2 Wide Angle 25-50x82mm Angled Spotting Scope

it is only $1,013.99 right now. For that price, it's a real steal.

Zen-Ray 25-50x82mm Angled Spotting Scope with Dielectric Prism Coating | Wayfair
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:48 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

Im not saying some of the "other brands" of scopes arent nice..because most are. Look at the price tags to semi-confirm that!!

There are TOP echelon scopes ( Swaro, Zeiss, Kowa, etc) and there are dammed good scopes....Nikon, Pentaz, etc. BUT...dont fool yourself into thinking a Nikon is "just as good" as a Swaro.....'cause it isnt! Not to say a second tier scopes wont do you and last you more than the rest of your life, because they will. A lot has to do with the "Look at what Im using" concept....which never impressed me 1 iota. I use a Pentax 65mm that set me back about $700..??...and then the eye piece was another $300 bucks. Is there better?...You bet your bottom dollar there is.

When I get to take a peek thru a $3500 Swaro setup...I get teary eyed......

Right now a man can buy a 65mm Pentax WITH a 20-60 zoom eyepiece from Eagle Optics for a DANDY price
http://www.eagleoptics.com/spotting-...60x-zoom-70530
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:06 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

I'm also looking for a new spotting scope does anyone have any experience with the US OPTICS spotting scope? It appears to be affordable and they have great glass.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:03 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

Sully, I always respect other's opinions even if they are different from mine. Go figure....Have you ever looked at a Nikon EDG Fieldscope? That is about apples and apples in price. I have and truely thought the Nikon was better to my eyes. If you really want to check out something top of the line check out Nikon's EDG VR, this thing is about as incredible as they come, in my opinion. Just so you know, while I do some free lance work for Nikon, my opinon is not swayed because of it. I absolutely understand that not everything Nikon makes fits everyone's needs. Just the way it is, but I think Nikon tries to have quality made products at many different price points from entry level to top tier. At the end of the day, I tell folks to buy what you thinkis going to serve your needs the best.

Just for fun check out the new EDG VR.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:43 PM
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Re: Longrange hunting spotting scope help!

I was going through the same thing a few weeks back. There is an older model 85mm Zeiss on the sample list I mulled over. It is a discontinued model but after calling Zeiss it is good to go, it's $1650 compaired to $1900 it went for. No matter what model, it's still a Zeiss! I had also hung out on the range for a day with the Sniper School looking through their Swaro 80's (some HD). Even considered the Razor and Zenray. I was blessed off with around $1500 by the wife. I was really considering a Kowa 66, but don't like to spend money on something unseen. I called Scott @ Liberty Optics and told him I wanted the best for my money. Without me mentioning it he recommended the Kowa 66, even told me he guaranteed I would like it. So I bought it and couldn't be happier. Took it to the schoolhouse and compaired it tithe Swaro side by side and the big difference was size, I am totally satisfied. Just got back from a successful elk hunt in Colorado and was counting points on bulls several miles away right up to dark. You should add it to your list of considerations.
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