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Default WTB spotting scope - have one to sell? Recommendations?

I REALLY need a spotting scope. Trying to get on target at the range beyond 150 yards or so is just not a lot of fun without one.

I can't believe how expensive these things are. Most of those that seem to be of decent quality cost more than my scope!

I don't need or want a Swarovski or Zeiss ($2600...huh?).

I'm also going to need a decent pair of binoculars some day. Could they double as a spotting scope, or will I drive myself crazy trying to hold them steady?

Does anyone have a decent spotting scope they might want to unload? Can anyone recommend a decent new one up to about $200-300?

I know all about Cabela's, Optics Planet, and samples.com. What I'm looking for is possibly a brand name or maybe recommendations on power and field of view. Thanks for your help.

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Try the link below. I have ordered telescopes and eyepieces from them in the past. They have pretty good optics.

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I got Shawn a nice Simmons 20 x 60 scope on Ebay for around $35.00 plus shipping. It came with a hard case and tripod. I don't really like the tripod it came with but for the price it's not a bad scope.

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A very good (HEAVY) tripod will help a marginal spotting scope. Much of the lack of clarity can be due to slight movement.

Zip tying to a sandbag is beneficial.

That said, cheap glass will almost always disappoint. It may be clear, but will probably not remain fog free.

High power is less important than high quality glass. I have a 6x European riflescope that does a better job of finding bullet holes at 100 yards than a friend's cheapie spotting scope does. His spotter is a 20-60 and even on the 20x it is too low quality to see holes at 100. And at 60x, forget it. It looks good until it is pointed at paper, then the definition goes out the window.

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I have a bushnell 15-45x i got on ebay for a great price.

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I'm also going to need a decent pair of binoculars some day. Could they double as a spotting scope, or will I drive myself crazy trying to hold them steady?
Yes, you will.

Just remember *in this case* bigger IS better. The more light coming in the front end (objective lens) the better off you will be. I've got a 77mm Kowa and on cloudy/overcast days it can be a challenge to see .22 cal holes at 100 yds! Even the expensive ones will leave you blind looking for holes at 200- 300 yds if there isn't enough available light.

Question...... Are we talking about paper targets here or what? If so, I've got a good tip for ya.
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I use the Shoot and See targets for the most part but, if I had a decent spotter, I could probably go with paper targets, because those splatter targets are crazy expensive!

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A very good (HEAVY) tripod will help a marginal spotting scope. Much of the lack of clarity can be due to slight movement.

Zip tying to a sandbag is beneficial.

That said, cheap glass will almost always disappoint. It may be clear, but will probably not remain fog free.

High power is less important than high quality glass. I have a 6x European riflescope that does a better job of finding bullet holes at 100 yards than a friend's cheapie spotting scope does. His spotter is a 20-60 and even on the 20x it is too low quality to see holes at 100. And at 60x, forget it. It looks good until it is pointed at paper, then the definition goes out the window.
I have a helluva good photo tripod because I do a lot of photography. Do most spotters have a mount that lets you mount it to this type of tripod....do you know?
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I use the Shoot and See targets for the most part but, if I had a decent spotter, I could probably go with paper targets, because those splatter targets are crazy expensive!
Standard 1/4-20 thread on the spotters, same as cameras.

If you can ..... use a target backer that has a large hole in the center of it, and attach the target with the center bull over the hole. Daylight behind the target really makes them holes nice and visible.
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Standard 1/4-20 thread on the spotters, same as cameras.

If you can ..... use a target backer that has a large hole in the center of it, and attach the target with the center bull over the hole. Daylight behind the target really makes them holes nice and visible.
Great....thank you!
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