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Old 10-30-2008, 10:01 PM
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what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

I live near the Missouri breaks here in Montana and recently watched many people spotting elk from their vehicles with spotting scopes. I underestimated the value until I partnered up with some and witnessed what I was missing. Most use would be off a vehicle window.

I am wondering what objective size, zoom range, and versatility different brands have. I have been told that a scope that is good for spotting targets is not necessarily a good animal spotter.

I am looking at

Leica
Zeiss
Optolyth
US Optics
Swarovski
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:48 PM
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Re: what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

I believe a scope with a 15-45 power range and 60-80mm objective would be perfect. If you plan to do more back country backpack hunting then I would go with a 15-45 x 50mm or 60mm
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:31 PM
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Re: what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

I like Leupold and USO for most of my spotting needs.

Mike @ CSGW
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:54 PM
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Re: what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

I like the looks of the US optics spotter, how is the optical quality? How is the eye relief? I wear glasses and do not like to take them off.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:55 PM
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Re: what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

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I like the looks of the US optics spotter, how is the optical quality? How is the eye relief? I wear glasses and do not like to take them off.

Thanks for the input!
Yes on all accounts.

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Old 11-01-2008, 03:40 AM
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Re: what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

Put the largest and best spotter on your window mount you can afford. If you don't have Kowa at or near the top of the list you are selling yourself short. I will have to disagree with Mike on this one and say the USO would not be on my short list.


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Old 11-01-2008, 06:45 PM
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Re: what is a good spotting scope for elk hunting

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Put the largest and best spotter on your window mount you can afford.

Scott
Absolutely... if you are not going to be packing the spotting scope around might as well get the best. I think that most would agree that Swarovski is probably on the top of the heap when it come to spotting scopes. My hunting partner has a Zeiss and it is pretty awsome as well. One point I have I guess is that on higher magnfication all scopes will have a problem with heat shimmersjust something to keep in mind when your shopping.
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