WTB spotting scope - have one to sell? Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by lonyaeger, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    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.
     
  2. Jpyle

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  3. Glasshartt

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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.
     
  4. M14sRock

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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.
     
  5. cpttango30

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

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    Yes, you will. :eek:

    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. ;)
     
  7. lonyaeger

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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!
     
  8. lonyaeger

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    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?
     
  9. Highpower

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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.
     
  10. lonyaeger

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    Great....thank you!
     
  11. jpattersonnh

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    I have a 15-45x50mm I bought years ago. It is useless unless you are out past 200 yards. Support to hold the tripod legs are a must. Often I use my range bag and a shooting bag to hold it steady.
     
  12. Jpyle

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    I have a 50mm finder scope used for aligning telescopes. Its a 8x or 12x mag with a dove tail type mount (similar to an upside-down weaver). It doesn't have the eye relief of a spotter scope but you are welcome to it, just pm me if interested.

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  13. c3shooter

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    Cheap scope (and YES, you DO get what you pay for) but check American Rifleman/ American Hunter for the full page Harbor Freight Ad. Spotter w/ tripod. 20-60x60 scope, with coupon in the ad, $39.95 Got for the kids to have their own scope at the range (aka Get yer booger hooks off'n MY scope!)
     
  14. M14sRock

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    Does your tripod have the "shoe"? If so, the adapters are avail. The hole on the spotter is the same as the one on cameras. I know Valdada has the shoes. Those are the types of tripods that work best. Gotta be heavy to really stay clear. I have a really good spotting scope and my tripod is a 60's era professional bipod. Light by today's standard. At the rifle range I can see the vibrations through the scope if someone stands near me and jumps up and down, even though the bench area is all concrete. I am planning to weight the legs for some more stability because I like the tripod.

    And keep the tripod set on a low setting for more stability.
     
  15. lonyaeger

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    Thanks. I have both, a light one and a heavy one. I'll go with the heavy one.
     
  16. jpattersonnh

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    You beat those kids w/ that stick?
     
  17. lonyaeger

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    How far out does it realistically get you?
     
  18. cpttango30

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    I was picking out the scoring disk with ease at 1k while watching an F-class match.

    Had a few guys there comment on how clear it was at 1k.
     
  19. M14sRock

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    Hey Tango, how does it do on bullet holes at 100 and 200? Are they easy to pick out?

    I ended up with a Bausch & Lomb Elite 3-9x50 30mm scope a couple of years ago. It was mounted on a rifle I bought online and I intended to toss the scope when it arrived. But the clarity and contrast of the glass was amazing, so I stuck it on one of my sporterized 1917's and love it. B&L is now part of the Bushnell line so I'm wondering if Bushnell has upgraded all their glass.