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Unread 02-16-2014, 10:29 PM
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What spotting scope?

What spotting scope do you pack in? Which tripod as well?
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    Unread 02-16-2014, 11:05 PM
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    Re: What spotting scope?

    Leupold 12-40HD and a carbon Vanguard tripod. I really like the 30mm of constant eye relief. About $1000 is all for a great system.
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    Unread 02-17-2014, 01:25 AM
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    Re: What spotting scope?

    Leupold 15-30x50 Compact Golden Ring Spotter
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    Unread 02-28-2014, 04:17 PM
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    Re: What spotting scope?

    Leupold Gold Ring fixed 30x. Slik Compact II tripod.
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    Unread 02-28-2014, 10:55 PM
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    Re: What spotting scope?

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    Leupold 15-30x50 Compact Golden Ring Spotter
    I have this same spotting scope. good for backpacking purposes, but in the end I never want to carry the extra weight and feel comfortable with just using my 8x42 Leica binocs. Will upgrade to a 10x50 binoc at some point in the future when I can afford it.
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    Unread 03-01-2014, 09:59 AM
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    Re: What spotting scope?

    not to hijack but is there anything out there around 300$ thats worth carrying? thanks
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    Unread 03-01-2014, 10:31 AM
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    Re: What spotting scope?

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    not to hijack but is there anything out there around 300$ thats worth carrying? thanks
    I paid $300 for my Gold Ring 15-30x50mm, but that was over 10 years ago... just looked and they're up to $400 now. First reason I don't carry it is I just don't want to carry any extra weight. second reason is the optics are not all that great compared to a high end unit. I would think the new models have better clarity but not sure. If I were to go on a trophy hunt where I really needed the performance of a spotting scope, I think I would carry the extra weight and go with a high-end swarovski (or similar). On a regular hunt where I don't care about finding a trophy a long ways off I just don't see the necessity for any spotting scope. I think a good set of good binocs are enough.
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