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Spotting Scope

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by jsa3107, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. jsa3107

    jsa3107 TS Supporters TS Supporters

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    I bought a cheap spotting scope that I cant see the targets clearly at 100 yards
    I want to buy one that is clear and can see bullet holes out 200 yards on a target
    Is this to much to ask?
    What brand and model would you recomend?
    And also the best place to buy it


    Thanks for any help....
     
  2. hmb

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    Look for an old used one with a large objective lense.Twenty or Twenty-four power is best. Bausch & Lomb made some good ones. Also Unertel made good spotting scopes. HMB
     
  3. 3dram8

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    A fixed power eyepiece will usually be brighter and clearer than a variable one. Also remember that wide-angle eyepieces and eyeglasses don't go together well since you have very little eye relief with the wide-angle eyepieces. If you wear glasses or sun/shooting glasses and don't want to take them off everytime you use the spotting scope, stay away from the the wide-angle eyepieces. Big objective lenses of 70mm, 80mm, etc. will let you go to a little more magnification as well without giving up brightness and resolution (image sharpness). .....Rick
     
  4. Quack Shot

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    Used an old Redfield 20-60X60mm and could make out .22 caliber holes at 300 yards at dusk with no trouble. Most scopes with decent optics and the largest objective you can get will have decent results. You get what you pay for, most of the time. Stay away from the cheap no-name brands and even some like "Winchester", since they are usually horrible.
     
  5. g7777777

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    Leopold or Nikon will do it- you dont need anything better-- Both have a model that can double in the field as well or be used at home

    I have a Leopold and I also have one of the Redfields mentioned above- both are quality and will do what you want.

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    Kowa from Japan makes great ones at a reasonable price...

    I have one that is good out to 600 yards plus.

    David D
     
  7. GrubbyJack

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    Just about EVERY high-power shooter I know uses a KOWA, 200yd to 600yd...just pick the one you can afford, they are all GREAT...GRUBBY
     
  8. SeldomShoots

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    If you have the means, I highly recommend the older magnesium body (grey colored) Swarovskis with or without the high definition glass. Another good one is the Optolyth spotting scopes made by Valdada. They use German glass. Don't forget about Zeiss, you might be able to pick up a used one at a decent price on ebay, but I found its better to buy new for a couple to a few hundred bucks more.

    Burris Signature series or a Leupold gold ring is not a bad option either. You should probably look through them before buying if you have the chance. But you probably know that already.

    Good luck with your search, John Ertel
     
  9. wolfram

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    I have a 12x40x60mm Leupold that has given me many years of great service. No problem seeing .30 cal holes in paper @ 350 yards. I would buy another one if I needed a spotting scope. These are about $750 new.
     
  10. 5spd

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    I have what you need & its for sale.
    It is a Bushnell 20x with a 60mm objective, its about 40 yrs old, green, stout & sharp as a pin still. I have not used it in a year so its going up for sale.
    $100, it also has the original box.
    This style does not have a flat tripod base at all, used a straping system. I have it mounted to a tripod with a metal hose band of all things.
     
  11. mette56

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    Try Nikon if you don't want to spend a lot of money. I've been a Leopold fan for years and recently compared optics at WalMart. Nikon beats Leopold by far for clarity and Nikon was around $100.00 less than Leopold. Remember, WalMart does not carry the upper class of either Nikon or Leopold.



    Lower end--Nikon

    Upper end--Swarovski or Leica

    I heard recently from a tested and good source the Leika is unsurpassed in modern optics, but could not confirm that from personal experience.

    Compare, that's the best way to make your decision whether you intend to purchase upper or lower end.

    IMO....good luck!

    milt
     
  12. mette56

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    Bob,

    You're absolutely correct. It sounded to me like 3107 didn't want to pop for too much cash, but is looking for value with clarity. Everyone has a WalMart near. A simple comparison there will surprise you. The WalMart Leopold compares with Bushnell, maybe slightly better. The Walmart Nikon will surprise you....imo.

    I bought one and I'm still surprised when I look through them, and I rarely buy less than the best.

    milt
     
  13. shooterIII

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    The one thing that is truer about optics than most other sporting items--You really do get what you pay for. There are a few exceptions but not very many.
     
  14. wolfram

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    Leupold, Leupold there is no LEO in the name and no you won't find a good one at Walmart.
     
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