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Unread 05-30-2006, 06:22 AM
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Re: which spotting scope?

for a decent, relatively inexpensive tripod, you may want to try the Slick Mini. It weighs less than 2 pounds and can be used at only 9" or so off the ground and extends to around 40". Its $60.

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Unread 05-30-2006, 09:15 AM
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Re: which spotting scope?

They were white laundry detergent jugs. I guess those 105 Bergers out of my 6-250 just didn't have enough left @ that range to open up!!!

We were looking to the west and the early morning sun was directly behind us. Don't think we could have seen them if the conditions had been diffent.
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Unread 05-30-2006, 09:47 AM
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Re: which spotting scope?

Ok, I have been readinf with great interest.
If you guys were to chose between The Sawro & The Kowa which would be on the top in your opinion?
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Unread 05-30-2006, 10:08 AM
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Re: which spotting scope?

I am not familiar with the Swaro but here is what the Kowa costs just so we get apples an apples comparison.

Straight Kowa 82mm tube $549.00
32 WA eyepeice $235.00 (other fixed eyepieces for about the same price)
Carrying case $55.00 (non kowa case for 35.00 on ebay)

One other consideration is the ability to get a second Kowa and have a pair of Bigeyes made.
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Re: which spotting scope?

Ok, I have been readinf with great interest.
If you guys were to chose between The Sawro & The Kowa which would be on the top in your opinion?

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If you are going to use a variable eye piece then the Swarovski is the best on the market hands down.For a single power eye piece the selection of quality top end spotters is wider,as the Kowa's,Liecas,Zeiss and probeble a few others deserve consideration
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Unread 05-31-2006, 04:58 PM
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Re: which spotting scope?

Agreed. You need to buy the best you can afford and buy what you need to equal your seriousness of the sport. It's all about priorities. Keeping kids fed and gas in the wife's tank are (and should be) high priorities. The point I was trying to make is that sometimes there are ways to still meet responsibilies and get what you want. A lot of people I talk to say they want a Swaro but are on a Bushnell budget. THen you walk out to their car with them and they are driving an H3 hummer and just ate out at Ruby River steakhouse. RIght off you know where their true priorities are and they aint in looking through first rate glass!

Even on a small scale, you can choose not to supersize your value meal for a few months and "enjoy" some cardboard noodles if you are real serious about getting a little higher priced glass. Everyone can do simple things like that if they want it bad enough.

I only urge people to buy the best they can afford and what makes them happy and encourage them to find ways to get it because part of the extra expense associated with high dollar glass is not only quality but durability. Durability is one thing you can't see when shopping. It takes years to see how well something is going to last before it needs to be replaced. I CAN GUARANTEE YOU that high dollar optics use methods of construction that low end or middle grade optics don't use.

Take for instance something as simple as cement. All lenses are held in place by glass cement. Swarovski's cement is formulated to not break down or degrade in any hot or cold conditions for at least 25 years. The (I guess you could call it) half life of their epoxy will hold that lens in place in any condition for 3 times longer than regular old glass glue which is much cheaper thus the lower cost of low end glass.

So, you can buy low end or mid grade optics several times over the course of 25 years or just buy high end once and be good for the same amount of time.

So I guess it all depends on how many times over the years you would like to ask permission to buy something (other than gas for her tank) for your hobbies. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Hope this helps.
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