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Best Spotting scope under 1500?
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Contributors to this thread:
Pvdesert 08-Apr-19
4blade 08-Apr-19
Tilzbow 09-Apr-19
altitude sick 09-Apr-19
No Mercy 09-Apr-19
SBH 09-Apr-19
smarba 09-Apr-19
Trial153 09-Apr-19
Shrewski 09-Apr-19
Ucsdryder 09-Apr-19
jdee 09-Apr-19
Beendare 09-Apr-19
Trial153 09-Apr-19
BGbasbhat 09-Apr-19
smarba 09-Apr-19
Tdvorak 09-Apr-19
IdyllwildArcher 09-Apr-19
Drnaln 09-Apr-19
Grubby 09-Apr-19
Billyvanness 09-Apr-19
From: Pvdesert
08-Apr-19
Budget 1500.00 ...What spotting scope should I Buy? Let’s here it from you all. Seems like most like the Vortex Razor HD 27-60x85 for the under 1500.00 club? Most important feature for me is clarity.

From: 4blade
08-Apr-19
Kowa 663m or 664m, fantastic view

From: Tilzbow
09-Apr-19
Kowa for sure.

09-Apr-19
3x on Kowa. Look for a lightly used Prominar on a birding site.

From: No Mercy
09-Apr-19
Vortex Razor

From: SBH
09-Apr-19
I'd see if you can pick up a used swaro in that price point.

From: smarba
09-Apr-19
I bought a Kowa, purchased new, with receipt. Lifetime warranty. I've had it for 20 years. It fogged up. Kowa said "we don't make that model anymore, you can buy a new one for roughly half retail price". The price is not much less than I can buy new ones for from online retailers. I went with Vortex for a replacement...

From: Trial153
09-Apr-19
Kowa or used in that price range

From: Shrewski
09-Apr-19
Yep you could get my used 65mm Zeiss Diascope for less than that.

From: Ucsdryder
09-Apr-19
Smarba, what was their reasoning if they have a lifetime warranty? I would be kicking and screaming.

From: jdee
09-Apr-19
Your in good hands now Sambra. Friend of mine had the same thing happen with a Vortex spotter. He called Vortex and was told they don’t make that spotter anymore then was told to send it in we’ll send you a new model free of charge . He was told, you are a customer and we want you happy.

From: Beendare
09-Apr-19
Vortex is a great company no doubt....its just you can get better glass for the $$

From: Trial153
09-Apr-19
Problem with vortexes warrenty is everyone ends up needing it.

From: BGbasbhat
09-Apr-19
Haven't looked through a Kowa, but my Vortex Razor was great. I sold it for $1K to get some 15s instead, so you could pick up one well under your price point.

From: smarba
09-Apr-19
I may try talking to Kowa again, but their reasoning was they would repair but since no parts available all they would do is discount a new model. I argued to no avail. Maybe I'll be able to reach someone in customer service with a different mindset. But there are several other well-known brands that would have handled things differently IMO.

From: Tdvorak
09-Apr-19
I think I can save you $1,500. Don’t buy a spotting scope. I’ve hunted sheep, deer, antelope, prairie dogs, moose, Brown, grizzly and black bears, hogs, elk and in 4 countries on 3 continents and I’ve ran into a situation where I thought I needed a good spotting scope exactly zero times. I’ve guided over 1,400 hunters. I know that isn’t what some people would agree to but it is true in my instance. A good set of 15-16 power binoculars has been all I ever needed to see what I need to see. I will say, and I think this is important for you to think about, that I’ve had hundreds of clients BRING spotting scopes but after they looked through them for about 1-15 minutes they packed them back up and never pulled them out again. Like I said, I know that isn’t what many folks think is right but my experience is certainly something to think about. A funny note is that I’ve also had hundreds of clients tell me they went ahead and bought their spotting scope and after using it for a short time wish they would have listened to me....it is only money, you can always earn more. I too made the foolish purchase and still have mine sitting in the closet collecting dust. Ha. We’re ALL susceptible to the media poppy-cock. Haha. Just something for you to think about.

09-Apr-19
If you’re trying to count sheep horn anulli, a spotter outshines 15s. Also for glassing 4-6 miles away, I think a spotter is better.

Those are both limited usages, but I encountered both last August sheep hunting.

Lastly, my eyes are too close together for Swaro and Vortex 15s.

From: Drnaln
09-Apr-19
I have 10's, 15's & a spotting scope. All have different uses. Most of the time I have the 10's & a spotter with when I'm out hunting. Sometimes all 3. Putting the 10's on a tripod really helps for glassing & the spotter can bring in way more detail then my 15's can. I like to be able to evaluate a critter from a long ways away before wasting time on it! Can't kill a big one if your sneaking up on non-shooters!

From: Grubby
09-Apr-19
Love my vortex Razor

09-Apr-19
Don’t skimp on good, solid, smooth tripod and head. Definitely makes decent glass better.

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