LEUPOLD SPOTTING SCOPE Quality?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Buano, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Buano

    Buano Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know anything about the LEUPOLD KENAI 30X 25-60X80 HD ANGLED SPOTTING SCOPE KIT W/ 2 EYEPIECES 64310?

    I've liked Leupold rifle scopes & been very disappointed with Leupold binoculars. I'm curious where this stands on the bang-for-buck scale.

    I love Swarovski, but not the $3,000+ price. These kits are selling for $900 with soft-case & two eye-pieces.

    Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

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    never have used one. Have you looked at a zen ray ed2? I had a chance to compare it my my swaro 80HD and you really had to look close to see a difference in glass quality. The build quality wasnt in the same league as swaro but i wouldnt hesitate to buy one if i were in the market. The vortex razor is a little bit more pricey but is also a very good scope.
     

  3. lloydsmale

    lloydsmale Well-Known Member

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    dont know about that model but i bought a leupold wind river spotter a couple years back and although im a big fan of leupold scopes im pretty disapointed in this spotter. I think the cheap simmons spotter i leave at my range shows bullets holes better then the leupold does.
     
  4. Buano

    Buano Well-Known Member

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    That was my experience with Leupold binoculars. After staring at a muley laying in the shadows 285 yards away for 20 minuted & still not being sure of point-count I trashed them & bought a pair of Swarovski binoculars.

    With the quality of modern Leupold rifle scopes I know Leupold COULD make a quality spotting scope. Wish I know if they had.
     
  5. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    Depending on price point, I would consider the following:

    $2000 ish price range ,my choice would be the Meopta S2 82mm which will come with wither a 30-60x wide angle eye piece or a 20-70x eye piece


    $1600 ish price range, I would consider the Vortex Razor HD with the 20-60x eye piece and the 85mm body. They also offer a 30x ranging eye piece which is cool.


    $1100 ish price range I would look at the Kowa 20-60x 82mm body.
     
  6. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I noticed that you refer to zoom eyepieces, but often refer to resolution as a priority. That's high on my list as well, but we do differ slightly. In optics it's a well known thing that "prime" lenses and other optics always perform better than something like a zoom lense or eyepiece. I have used to 15x-45x and 20x-60x eye pieces in the past, and have found that a strait up 45x is better than a 60x everytime. I use a 27x eyepiece, but have often thought about buying a 45x one (probably will sooner than later)

    I looked thru a lot of spotters before I bought the one I use. I learned a couple things in the process. Resolution is king! And I hate mirage! But on the otherhand some scopes are great, but also seem to be kinda hard on your eyes (figure?). I found that out with the Liecas (others said the samething as well), but they are great scopes for sure.

    I did a test a few years back in 90 degree heat over a black top parking lot. Scopes were about 12 inches off the black top and the target was about 400 yards. Mirage was always there. The best scope I used was a Swarovski, and was the only scope that I could use the 60x in the noontime bright sunshine. The Liecas might have worked well with somekind of a filter. Nikon ED's worked quite well, but their resolution was not as good as the Swarovski at 400 yards. (still plenty good enough). Tried a 77mm Kowa with the 60x zoom lense and standard glass. About as good as the Nikon, but we all felt it had just ever so slightly better resolution. While we were doing this, somebody loaned us a B&L that was extremely good (what model I don't remember). We also tried several other brands including the low dollar Leupold and their very best one (thats the one the dealer was pushing). Later we tried an 82mm Kowa and another pair. The 82mm was better than the 77mm in resolution, plus was a little brighter (we got these scopes from bird watchers), but the 82mm scope also had the Flourite lense. You could use it at 60x on that same blacktop in the high heat. Mirage was near zero and only the Swarovski showed up better. I ordered an 82mm with standard glass that afternoon. The one scope we all wanted to try was the high end Pentaxes, but couldn't lay our hands on one anywhere.

    What makes me mad is that two weeks after I bought the Kowa, the old man that owned the Swarovski offered it to me for $1500 with two eyepieces and a hard case!!! Still without question the very best scope I've ever looked thru. One otherthing not brought up in this thread is the quality of the tripods used. I used a very heavyduty short camera tripod (Monfretto) with a claw mount head. I had to add the claw to the scopes so I had to buy a half dozen of them. The difference between the factory supplied tripod and this one was huge, and all scopes did better with it. I sold that short tripod later, but kept the head. Now I wish I still owned it!
    gary
     
  7. cummins cowboy

    cummins cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I really like the kenai scope and think its an awesome value. eye relief isn't quite as long as I would like it to be, but if that isn't an issue for you for the money there isn't too much out there that compares. also check out the vortex viper, but its liable to not have the resale of the leupold once you go to sell it.
     
  8. gonewest

    gonewest Well-Known Member

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    I have a Kenai 25-60x80mm in the for sale section listed for a good price if anyone is interested.
     
  9. 6.5Express

    6.5Express Well-Known Member

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    I've got the Leupold 12-40x60 Gold Ring HD scope and will say it's a darn good buy. Crystal clear optics, light weight, and a good soft sided field case that will keep it protected. Much better than the other Leupold scopes I've looked through.
     
  10. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    6.5Express,

    I've used a Leupold 12-40x60 Gold Ring HD a bit and noticed that the focus had to be readjusted whenever I changed magnification. Does yours do the same?
     
  11. 6.5Express

    6.5Express Well-Known Member

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    Yes. But, I am usually fine tuning the focus on any scope after changing magnification. No - it's not the HD Swaro, but for the price range, I've not seen anything I'd buy over it. For me though, a scope has to have good, clear optics and be somewhat light weight / packable.
     
  12. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you brother.
     
  13. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I cant speak for that MODEL...but my wife's Leupold 12-40 X 60 spotter is top notch.

    My own Pentax is only a tad better ( clearer) and has a removeable eyepiece....and if I were looking for something even better...it would be the 80mm Kowa with ED glass
     
  14. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    amen!