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Spotting Scope for Packing?

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Unread 07-12-2008, 07:45 PM
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Spotting Scope for Packing?

I am looking for some input on which spotting scope I should consider. I am looking for a compact/lightweight one for packing into the hunt and hopefully something that wont break the bank. Is a straight one preferred?

Thanks in advance,
pd
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    Unread 07-12-2008, 09:39 PM
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    Nikon

    If it was for back packing or a sheep hunt I would go with this Nikon!
    Nikon | Sport Optics | Fieldscope ED50/Fieldscope ED50 A
    The glass is great, The only reason it's not in my hunting bag was I thought I needed more power. I will Have one of these for my high country hunts.


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    Unread 07-12-2008, 09:58 PM
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    Thanks Willy. So sounds like 30X should be enough for glassing for deer out to 800 yards or so, 1000 at most.

    Which do you favor, straight or angled?

    Dennis
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    Unread 07-13-2008, 12:42 AM
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    spotter

    My pard and I have an Zeiss 85mm Diascope and the Nikon 13-30x50mm ED Fieldscope. The only gripe I have against the little Nikon is that it would be nice to have an little sunshade on it. Otherwise it is for the dollar the best scope I have purchased and I've had Leica, Nikons, Zeiss, and also Swaro ats 65.

    It is light, very nice resolution and can obsserve game farther than 1000. In fact today we used it for observation on a 9"x14" plate we shoot at 1200 yds.

    I'm so happy with this little scope that I usually rely soley on it now for all shooting and hunting/scouting observation functions, and it's an straight eyepiece. I just cannot get over the utility and bang for the buck I'm getting out of this fieldscope, and the high end Nikon spotters in general make me smile when compared to the spendier Euro spotters.

    Great value and very good performance.
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    Unread 07-13-2008, 01:22 AM
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    Nikon

    $499 for demo unit at Cameraland
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    Unread 07-13-2008, 07:34 AM
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    Guys,

    I agree with your choice!!

    My first recommendation. It weighs 20 ounces with eyepiece but boy does it work good. I have the angled eyepiece.

    This year I think Nikon has made their best spotters ever. You are missing out. The ED Fieldscope models are all winners.

    We sell them for $589, new in box, but I'm backordered right now.

    Scott
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    Unread 07-13-2008, 10:40 AM
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    Eye Piece

    Propdoc03,
    I can not advise on a the eye piece..I have not used the angled. I would think that it would be more comfortable while glassing sitting down. I will let some one with more experience answer.

    Willys
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