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Which optics for long range spotting

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Old 01-07-2005, 07:18 PM
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Re: Which optics for long range spotting

Here's where it ended up:
Nikon Spotter XLII arrived the other day.

Personal, nonprofessional review comments.
Overall pleased with the spotter.
Light, short and 60 mm
Would seem that most things one would want to do could/should be done at ~30X
Above 30X my partner says something like chromatic something or another kicks in (mixing of colors causing blurry appearance)
I'd give it high marks in low light.
Was impressed when I looked at my 1000yd target. I'm going to put a 3" black target dot on it and then look.

Generally all I can say is that it's a keeper.

Some downers:
Zip eye relief.
Removable eye piece is kind of hoaky.

Don't know if it would compete with the 1000 $ + big name scopes for trophy spotting (like I'm ever going to have a need for that) but at about 1/3'd the price for what these old eye do I don't think the extra dollars would make "that" much difference.
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Old 01-16-2005, 11:44 PM
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Re: Which optics for long range spotting

I have a Tasco 15-45X60mm spotting scope and wouldnt reccomend it the optics are crap. Can barely pick out 223 bullet holes at 100yards.
I think I will pay extra money next time and get something decent.
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