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Spotting scopes: fixed vs variable, eye relief, etc.

 
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:25 PM
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Re: Spotting scopes: fixed vs variable, eye relief, etc.

...by infinitely adjustable, I mean there are no detents or stops in the eyecup, you can set it where it works best; this is especially helpful with eyeglasses etc.

...greatest benefit to the scope would be for spotting or observing game at great distances... binoculars for most glassing and then finally picking up the game in the riflescope...

...another good thing about the variable is, as you mentioned, you can dial down from excessive mirage and really helps to resolve bullet holes in targets at long distance...

...I'm just saying this scope is almost "too good to be true" in clarity and quality, but pricey I admit... if you've never looked through one, you owe it to yourself first before making a decision... hope this helps...Larry
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:27 AM
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Re: Spotting scopes: fixed vs variable, eye relief, etc.

Larry,

I do appreciate your time and consideration... the Swaro scope is no doubt very, very nice. They didn't get their reputation by making less than perfect stuff. I'm a bit constrained by budget here (too many toys, not enough money!), and am kind of leaning towards a conservative choice. My use of the scope will probably be about 98+% competition/range time, the rest hunting, so I'm kind of leaning towards what seems to be a known item in that aspect. May not be the best hunting scope, but I think I'll be able to live w/ it.

Thanks,

Monte

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Old 11-09-2004, 10:22 AM
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Re: Spotting scopes: fixed vs variable, eye relief, etc.

Monte... I know what you mean... I mainly use mine for fun stuff (bird watching, little bit of astronomy, etc)around the house and sometimes "down on the farm"... almost all of my shooting (way too little) is done with high power varmint scopes so I rarely even take the spotter with me to the range...my Swaro was all but a gift to me, I could've never justified the expense for my type of shooting... thanks so much, good shooting to ya'... Larry
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Re: Spotting scopes: fixed vs variable, eye relief, etc.

Monte
fyi kowa has just came out with a new pair of scopes, the compact is 77mm and the large 88mm
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Old 12-19-2006, 04:43 AM
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Re: Spotting scopes: fixed vs variable, eye relief, etc.

Besides the particular brand (which you seem to have picked), there are some generalities that apply to all scopes (and bins).

Obviously, larger scopes are heavier and more awkward in the field (Duh), but...

Larger objectives give you two things (assuming that the scope is of high quality), a tiny bit of more resolution on overcast and raining days, and less resolution/more mirage on sunny days.

A high power match shooter might want the increased mirage for reading heat waves and the wind, while a PD shooter would want less mirage so they can spot the PDs.

For the match shooter, the 80mm or 100mm might be fine, but the PD shooter might be best served with a 60mm, 50mm or smaller, even at the same power.

The big area of importance for scopes, that is very often over looked is the eye pieces.

I have a limited production 60mm Bushnell 60mm "ED" scope that the objective is state of the art. But the reason that they were "limited production" was that he eye pieces for they whole Bushnell line were (and are) crap, so users didn't get any advantage of the very expensive scope.

I salvaged the scope by fitting high quality Mirador eye pieces, but most users did not know of this option.

Here's an interesting page on the importance eyepieces. The writer is from the bird watching community, and if you think WE are fussy about optics, you haven't met a bird watcher yet...

http://betterviewdesired.com/Pentax/index.html

I bought one of these scopes, JUST because of the eyepiece... but it is huge.

For field use, I think a LER or WA 20x to 27x would be fine, but a variable would be much better if mirage has to be dealt with...
... across a dog town, a 25x might be too much to see anything because of mirage.

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