Spotting Scope suggestions needed.

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by AJ Peacock, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Well, Kirby tells me that the parts for my 338AM are either in the shop or being shipped (finally!).

    So now I need to get a spotting scope. I currently have Zeiss 10x40BAT bino's that I use for most spotting. I also have the Swaro Laser Range Finder. The rifle will have a NF 5.5x15x50 on top.

    I don't have a spotting scope and I and my hunting buddy both wear glasses.

    We will be hunting western colorado in November for Elk, but the scope will obviously be used for all my long range endeavors.

    I appreciate all your suggestions.

    Thanks,
    AJ
     
  2. Buffalobob

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    I have a Kowa 820 with a 21XWA and a 32X WA lens. It is heavy for extended back packing. I can count elk tines at ranges past 2500 yards. If I had it to do all over again I would get the angled body instead of the straight one (perhaps if I had the angled body I would say the opposite).
    The large objective lens is just the same function as a rifle scope, it allows you to see better earlier and later when light is poor.

    I wear glass and the Kowa is just fine for me.

    The zoom lenses are usually not so clear once you get off center and for a spotting scope it is good to be able to use all of your FOV so you do less moving and shifting of the scope. The reason to have two lenses is so when mirage gets bad you can drop down to the lower power one and still function.

    A critical component is the tripod. I have a cheap one and it shakes and trembles in the slightest breeze.
     

  3. bwaites

    bwaites Well-Known Member

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    AJ, I got great information from this forum:

    Spotting Scopes and Monoculars

    Optics planet handles most of the high range optics and they give pretty unbiased info based upon the price range you give them. I cross checked with some pretty knowledgable friends and they agreed the advice I got at OpticsPlanet was spot on.

    Bill
     
  4. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    thx

    Thanks Bob I was thinking about the Kowa 66mm, its a lot lighter than your beast!

    Thanks Bill, great site at first glance, I'll spend some time there tonight.

    Thanks guys
    AJ
     
  5. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Well, I've never been one to refuse to pull the trigger.

    I ordered the Kowa 663 ED with the Z9B lens.

    I'm sure it will serve my purpose well.

    Thanks for the input you guys,

    AJ