What spotting scope?

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by nr8l, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. nr8l

    nr8l Active Member

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    What spotting scope do you pack in? Which tripod as well?
     
  2. moombaskier

    moombaskier Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. airborne trooper

    airborne trooper Well-Known Member

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    Leupold 15-30x50 Compact Golden Ring Spotter
     
  4. 300 Rem

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    Leupold Gold Ring fixed 30x. Slik Compact II tripod.
     
  5. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. ducmarc

    ducmarc Well-Known Member

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    not to hijack but is there anything out there around 300$ thats worth carrying? thanks
     
  7. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  8. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Use to pack leo 12-40x60 ans straight 20 sometimes still. But I hunt with 10x bino and my Mark 4 rifle scope on 20 is all I need to confirm if it something I want to go after.
     
  9. LaHunter

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    Vortex Razor HD 65 mm spotter + Promaster 525 carbon fiber tripod with pan head.
     
  10. 86alaskan

    86alaskan Well-Known Member

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    maybe a bit on the heavy side, but...... swaro 20-60x80 HD straight, gitzo carbon tripod, i think its worth the weight because of all that you can see
     
  11. Zenbiker

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    Kowa 60 ED with 22 X Wide Angle Eyepiece. Bushnell Elite !0X Binocs.
     
  12. Wyodog

    Wyodog Well-Known Member

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    Same here. I switched over to a set of 12x binos, a carbon fiber tripod for longer glassing sessions and I use my 24x rifle scope for my spotter. Works out good for me.

    when I choose to carry a spotter its a vortex that is in my pack. this is generally when I'm guiding and not carrying a rifle.

    I love the 12x50 binoculars.
     
  13. BlackKnight755

    BlackKnight755 Well-Known Member

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    I know its heavy but WOW, all the things you can see! Kowa 662 with 20-60 eye piece. I use an old bushnell tripod that I picked up years ago.
     
  14. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    Vortex Razor 65mm with vanguard tripod, not too bad to carry