Originally Posted by HUAINAMACHERO
Guy M, thanks for the thread.
I am in the process of looking for a spotting scope also.
I use as binos a set of Pentax PCF 20x60, yes they are big and heavy, but I use them strapped to my chest with an elastic strap that I bought years ago and has proved to be very useful. But for the long range deer glassing I find that I need a spotting scope, also for bakcpack hunting, not heavy, and not in the swarowski price range. Have looked at the Bushnell Trophy 20-60x65. Any other suggestions???
I have tried upper, mid and lower end optics in binos and spotters and my eyes have turned me into a 90% performance for 1/4 of the price kind of guy (maybe 95% for 1/2 the price sometimes.
) With all of the technological advancements in optics of late it is hard to find a bad pair of optics with some basic research on sites like this as well as optic forums.
For me a spotter like you mentioned needs to be as light as possible, another negative for the high end stuff often times.
I would look at the elite 15-45x60. A very useful power range and very nice glass for the money. It is maybe $150 more than the trophy but well worth it in glass, durability, and other features like rainguard. Their excursion 60mm is getting very good reveiws as well. I have heard a couple different weights regarding it so I am not sure about that. It is either 38 or 48 oz. It was designed to compete with Leupolds FLP style scope and sounds like it does so very well. That leads me to believe it is in the 38oz range. Still that is over 10oz heavier than the Elite, if that matters.
There are other good spotters out there but the elite is one that I think has one of the best price/performance ratios for the lower priced spotters.
Hope this helps