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Old 01-09-2004, 01:18 PM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

I could see 50cal holes @ 600yards with the TGA75(30x eyepiece)the other day at the range.Have not had a chance to compair it to a Howa yet but its gota be close.As I remember it run me $650-700 but is compact and has rubber covers to take getting bumped around alittle.
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Old 01-10-2004, 12:51 AM
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Just,
Optical qualities and $ are important, but I have found the hard way that a really good spotting scope is very frustrating if you do not have a strong, stationary, easily adjustabe field tripod or support.
Gotta consider that when you buy a scope and some stands are costy.
Good luck in your search.
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Old 01-10-2004, 08:13 PM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

I noticed some Kowa's with 50mm obj. on the jarhead site. Are these lower quality or would they be a good low priced starter for use in the field and range. Particularly the 20-40X50 Long eye relief?

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Old 01-11-2004, 12:19 AM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

If I'm not mistaken, a number of people use them at the range for HP competition, but I think beyond 200yds (300yds on a good day), most people shooting less than .30 cal don't count on seeing the bullet holes in the black unless they have some serious glass, or the lighting is just right. Not just the 50mm Kowa's, but most of the 'budget' priced scopes, i.e. most that cost less than say a Kowa 661 or 821M. There's probably some eagle-eyed fellow out there that can see .224 bullet holes in the black at 600yds thru a Bushnell, but for the rest of us...

I'd say if it fits your budget, it should do OK. From the research I've done trying to find a 'budget' spotting scope, I've pretty much came to the conclusion that the Kowa's are the only game in town if you want LER. After that, the Nikon Sky & Earth 60mm w/ a 25x WA eyepiece (~$290) or a Meopta 70mm w/ 25x WA eye piece (~$350) are probably good choices. Some folks have had good results w/ some of the Chiwanese TSN-1 clones like the C-Star from the Sportsman's Guide or the Raven from Eagle Optics. They come w/ a 20-60x eyepiece, but apparently will take a 25x LER eyepiece for a TSN-1 or 661 if you can find one for a reasonable price on e-Bay.

I've about had it w/ my little 15-45x Bushnell Birder straight tube scope. I've beat the tar out of it, as it was meant (by me) as a 'carry' scope. Still has an amazingly sharp image. I've just got to the point where I want to be able to look thru the scope while in position from prone, and that's kinda hard to do w/o an angled eyepiece. Not impossible, just uncomfortable. One of our local Hunter BR guys has a Meopta scope and just raves about it. The few times I've looked thru it at the range it did seem pretty sharp, so I'm looking real hard at that 70mm Meopta. Not their 'better' 75mm model, cuz for those bucks I'd be getting a 661 or 821M Kowa!

Well, hopefully I helped a little w/ all that [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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

Thought I would point out that Meopta now offers a 30x eyepiece with a variation of the MP-8 reticule for rangeing. Don't have a price on this one yet.

Exit pupil 2.5mm
Exit pupil distance 15mm

Hermes HA 70 $525.00 w/20-45x eyepiece & case
25x WA $90.00
40x $110.00
50x $110.00

Hermes HA/HS 75 $699.00 w/20-60x eyepiece & case
30x eyepiece $145.00

Other eyepieces can be subsituted in the package prices and it would be a little cheaper.

Jim
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:08 PM
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Re: which spotting scopes for $600-$750??????

Just my luck!I was looking for a good used Kowa but when I couldn't find one a 75TGA was ordered with the 30X eye piece.While the TGA was in stransit a Kowa came up cheap.No problem the TGA works just fine but now I hear I could have gotten it with the MP2 reticle to compliment the four IOR scopes.
Now you know I'm gona have to have that eyepiece,wouldnt be right not to [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
Hey Q would you be interested in a 30X wide angle in trade?
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Mach V,

I hear ya, just when I have it figured out they come up with something bigger and better. I don't know about the trade thing but we can talk.

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