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which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

 
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Old 01-07-2004, 10:12 AM
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which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

I have been thinking of the Meopta spotting scopes and was impressed with the one I evaluated at Quantico. I have however really only had that one chance to check it out. Chris has been a big help in this department,..thanks Chris.

What brands of spotters are you guys using in the "up to $750" range,..and how do they compare to others you have owned or used.

Also,..lets assume a 60x eye peice,...how far away on a bright sunny day can I see bullet holes on a white backer,..in let's say 6.5mm on up to 30cal? (mirage ?)

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Old 01-07-2004, 11:25 AM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

The only scope I can compare is my Nikon XL 16X47. I have been able to spot 30cal holes on a white page at over 600yds. Conditions were in the fall so light mirage.

I have read the 3" letters on real estate for sale signs at over 1 km....clearly.

Very happy with this as a hunting spotter too as it is light, small and waterproof.

Priced under $400 the last time I looked.

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Old 01-07-2004, 10:04 PM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

Gents,
I really like the Steiner 24X80 spotter - bought mine back in 1994 for $500 from SWFA. Its the green rubber armored model. Glass is fantastic, scope is very durable, resolution, clarity and color are great. All in all, it has a lot of value for a "cheap" spotter, and you could probably find one within your price range.

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Old 01-08-2004, 12:15 AM
 
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

Check out the Kowa TSN-821M--you won't find a better spotter in that price range.

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Old 01-08-2004, 06:52 PM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

60x magnfication is WAY too much, for any spotting scope that won't be locked into a heavy mount (like a barrel of concrete). There's no way to see anything at 60x if the scope trembles in the slightest.

For your budget, take a real hard look at Kowa and the Nikon Fieldscope line. The scope Jerry mentions (no offense) has about 1/2" of eye relief, which is just not enough, and only has a 60mm objective, and the eyepiece is not detachable.

Check here for competitive Kowa pricing from a heck of a nice guy and great American, Jim Owens: http://www.jarheadtop.com/kowa.html

For interesting reviews on all spotting scopes, go here: http://www.betterviewdesired.com
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Old 01-08-2004, 07:14 PM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

JustC,

I have compared my Meopta 20-60x75 TGA with my Swaro ST80 HD. The Swaro was better as it should be by the price. I put up a newpaper at 100 yards and compared them side by side. I really couldn't read or see anything more clearly with the Swaro but it didn't seem to be effected by the mirage as much.

I have used the TGA out to 300 yards looking at 30 cal. bullet holes and it was no problem but at that range it wasn't a real test. Looking at deer at over half a mile away I couldn't see any difference between the two. I really like the TGA for hunting. It is just great for packing because it colapses. The rubbler armored case is just exellent.

Do to the price and the TGA being so user friendly the Swaro ends up setting at home. I use the TGA a lot more.

Most guys here know that I'm a dist. for IOR. So if your intersted in one maybe I can help you out.

Jim
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:16 AM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

Thanks guys. It appears maybe I should see if the guys at some of the upcoming matches will let check their stuff out.

Nate brings up something I hadn't considered,..the movement relative to magnification. Looks like I need to do some planning on how I can mount one to be stable enough for target work.

Q-Optics thanks for that offer too [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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