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15x $400ish spotting scope 2#
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Contributors to this thread:
DonVathome 02-Apr-22
thekinqwe 10-Apr-22
JTreeman 10-Apr-22
TJS 11-Apr-22
caribou77 11-Apr-22
Shawn 11-Apr-22
MA-PAdeerslayer 11-Apr-22
greg simon 12-Apr-22
BOWUNTR 12-Apr-22
Mule Power 13-Apr-22
Mule Power 13-Apr-22
WV Mountaineer 13-Apr-22
WV Mountaineer 13-Apr-22
Shrewski 13-Apr-22
Nick Muche 13-Apr-22
RK 13-Apr-22
Nick Muche 13-Apr-22
From: DonVathome
02-Apr-22
I have some very specific requirements for a new spotting scope. Around $400. 50mm - 60mm lens. Aprox. 2# give or take a few ounces. 15x-??? I really want something that starts at 15X. I was looking at Kowa but all the small ones start at 20x. I really like a couple kowa but I used a Leupold Sequoia for years and loved it. I am hoping for something very similar just lighter. I used 15X a lot on a tripod.

From: thekinqwe
10-Apr-22

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From: JTreeman
10-Apr-22

From: TJS
11-Apr-22
Vortex Diamondback HD 16-48x65mm Spotting Scope is worth consideration. I have several Vortex Diamondback products and am impressed. Rifle scope is very good. Binos are excellent. I have the spotting scope, and though I am not an expert on spotters, I've used cheaper, and the Diamondback is far superior. Price point is right on your target.

From: caribou77
11-Apr-22
I’ve looked thru those diamondbacks as well. Very impressive for the money

From: Shawn
11-Apr-22
Look at Athlon, they make a bunch of different ones. I stayed on the real low end for my spotting scope. It was like 140 bucks but for the money it is pretty good. I bought from the Talos line. The ones up to and around 4 to 5 hundred dollars are as nice as any out there. Shawn

11-Apr-22
I have the diamond back and love it. Also have vortex scopes on my rifles and binos. Great glass for the price

From: greg simon
12-Apr-22
Don, I have a Vortex HD 11-33x50 spotting scope that I'm looking to sell. It's got a straight eyepiece. The glass is very clear, I just never liked the eye relief. I broke down last year and bought a Swarovski ATX with an angled eyepiece so the Vortex is for sale!

From: BOWUNTR
12-Apr-22
Check out the Barskas... exactly what you're looking for. Ed F

From: Mule Power
13-Apr-22
For your purpose and how often you’d actually need it I’d buy the one Greg has for sale. I’m sure the price would be right. He could make half a payment on his Swaro. Lol ;-)

From: Mule Power
13-Apr-22
For your purpose and how often you’d actually need it I’d buy the one Greg has for sale. I’m sure the price would be right. He could make half a payment on his Swaro. Lol ;-)

13-Apr-22
The cheaper scopes lije the Athlon ares have great class. Just horrible eye relief. Leupold bx4 scopes have pretty dang good glass. But, once again, the eye relief. Both work. But, both require more attention to how you engage the eye piece.

There are list of decent spotters. There are lots on incredible spotters. Range is the key. If you are content to look at something a Mile away, the alpha glass is not needed in sone cases. However, the eye relief on bargain spotters leaves a lot to be desired. If you liked the sequoia, the cheaper hd glass works great.

I’d go Athlon. But, you ain’t going to find it at 2 pounds. It weighs 3. The BX4 class of spotters probably has better glass. But, it’s two times heavier. Good luck.

13-Apr-22
The cheaper scopes lije the Athlon ares have great class. Just horrible eye relief. Leupold bx4 scopes have pretty dang good glass. But, once again, the eye relief. Both work. But, both require more attention to how you engage the eye piece.

There are list of decent spotters. There are lots on incredible spotters. Range is the key. If you are content to look at something a Mile away, the alpha glass is not needed in sone cases. However, the eye relief on bargain spotters leaves a lot to be desired. If you liked the sequoia, the cheaper hd glass works great.

I’d go Athlon. But, you ain’t going to find it at 2 pounds. It weighs 3. The BX4 class of spotters probably has better glass. But, it’s two times heavier. Good luck.

From: Shrewski
13-Apr-22
I think you are wasting your money. You aren’t going to see what you want to see with that budget. Would be smarter to rent a good scope. There are a few outfits out there that now that do that kind of thing.

From: Nick Muche
13-Apr-22
Switch to Geico and use the savings to up your budget.

From: RK
13-Apr-22
Good God Nick, leave it alone or you two get a room and work it out. WTF

From: Nick Muche
13-Apr-22
Goodness gracious, jokes not allowed.

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