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Old 05-19-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default What Spotting Scope?

I am looking for a spotting scope for target shooting 200-500yds. $1k price range

Suggestions please.


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Old 05-19-2009, 07:02 PM   #2
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Default Leupold Spotting Scopes

I use a Leupold Sequoia 20-60X80mm Angled spotting scope. I bought it in the kit form and it cost just under $600.00 about a year ago. The kit comes with a hard case, tri-pod, and detachable lens shade. Pretty nice set up, however, the tri-pod is just a step above the bare minimum in mount quality.

Also check out the Leupold Golden Ring 12-40X60mm HD spotting scopes. The glass is a bit better in these than the Sequoia sereis they make. These are also available in a kit form and are around $900.00. In these kits they have two extra goodies than the Sequoia kits. They have a vehicle window mount for the scope and an adaptor for mounting a digital camera to it.

I've noticed that most tripods that come in these kits are about the same quality, no matter who makes them.

My brother is a photographer nut and turned me on to some of the tripods he uses. They use what they call a "liquid mount" which makes traverse and tilting of the scope/camera smooth as glass. Super nice! These can be had for around $200.00 and up from any high end camera store.

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I used Leupolds for years with great satisfaction, but a couple of years ago I wandered around the SHOT show specifically looking for a new spotting scope.

I tried every scope in the house and decided on this one Optolyth MINI B/GA 15-45x80 Spotting Scope I think the Optolyth spotting scopes are the best available today.

The price is now a bit higher than you stipulated, but this scope flat out delivers. And if you check around you may find someone with a great deal.

That said, the new Gold Ring Leupolds are outstanding and will serve you well for at least your lifetime.

And a quick zip through OpticsPlanet.com just now shows some outstanding deals on MeoPta, Swarovski, Leupold and others.

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Just received my Bushnell sportveiw 20-60 bullet holes a noticeable at 1000yds with a shoot n c target. I was surprised to see that far only paying 70 for it on Amazon.

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