Trying to decide on Spotting Scope Under $1,000.

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Losthwy, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Losthwy

    Losthwy Well-Known Member

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    Uses mainly for hunting, some range work and maybe some light moon gazing.
    Weight not a big factor using mainly from truck. Eye relief is a concern for I where glasses. Water proof. Going with a straight body. Interchangeable lens a plus. Been doing a lot of searching on sites. Some that keep coming up are Pentax PF65mm ED, Zen Ray 20-60x82 ED. Though I didn't see that Zen Ray is made in a straight body. One main decision is whether 65 or larger objective.
     
  2. drenner43

    drenner43 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Pentax PF80-ED that I have been very happy with. It is actually for sale in the optics for sale for much less than $1k with the 20-60 zoom eye piece and soft stay on Pentax case. It is in near perfect condition. My only reason for selling is to upgrade. I'm like you, I wanted the 80 because I had no plan of packing it, it's been used at the range, out of the truck, and on a tripod so no worries with me for size or weight!
     

  3. Losthwy

    Losthwy Well-Known Member

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  4. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    If you have a little bit more to spend, or can find a nice one used, then:

    Kowa - CameraLand NY

    eyepiece:
    Kowa - CameraLand NY

    Best "bang for the buck" we could find at the SHOT Show this past year, and it can easily be compared to units costing twice as much.
     
  5. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I think you'll like it. I have the 65mm with a zoom lens for the things I need a scope for.
     
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    TH Well-Known Member

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