I’m looking to buy a spotting scope for the first time. I plan on taking this with me occasionally when hunting, more often for scouting (backcountry) and general wildlife watching. I’m willing to spend in the neighborhood of $1,000. A little more if it’s really worth it. Because I plan on humping this up the hills with me, being light and compact is important. While I could afford those Swarovski or Ziess scopes if I waited a bit, I wouldn’t want to pack them around. From what little research and asking around I’ve done, I am looking hard at the Leupold Golden Ring 12-40x60 (maybe in HD?). Based on what I’m looking for, I was stoked to see the compact model. But I don’t know… something bothers me about being a compact and such a lower price. At any rate, I don’t even attempt to be a long range shooter, I just figured there are people here who know spotting scopes and can give some advice. Thanks in advance!