Re: Spot and stalk spotting scope
I have not over looked a binocs only solution. The Kaibabs are out of my price range but the 15x50 vipers might be an option. Also I just discovered the 2x press on doubler from vortex and I'm thinking that option is getting very very realistic. The inevitable major drawback is money; Buy binocs, buy doubler, and buy tripod. I was alternately leaning toward and lightweight scope mounted on a stedi-stock (stock weighs less than half a pound and can be had for $20-25). I will certainly be taking shooting sticks regardless of my optic configuration so the scope on the stock braced on the shooting sticks deleted the expense and weight of a tripod and head (and possibly binocs altogether? it'll come down to how much I want to have to pack around). I know its not as steady as a rock solid tripod, but I am doing some high mileage backpacking on this hunt and almost assuredly on future hunts as well. The scope on a stock can be braced up on rocks, tree limbs, logs, and my pack for prone viewing. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree so to speak which is why I posed the question on here.