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mcc1961

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$200 spotting scope
« on: October 28, 2016, 06:46:31 PM »
I was wanting to know if anyone knows a good spotting scope that is around $200 and will reach out to around 150 to 200yds?I was looking for a Nikon but they are almost double my budget.What would be the best power of magnification for this yardage?



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Re: $200 spotting scope
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2016, 07:08:06 PM »
NO idea what to recommend, but I have always liked the Bushnell scopes in that price range.... no idea what their current offerings are like, but I loved my Spacemaster....

Most spotting scopes have a 60mm objective.... In bright light, the pupil in your eye closes to 2-2.5mm, and at 30X with a 60mm objective the exit pupil is (60/30) = 2mm so even those with excellent eyesight in very bright conditions will experience a darkening of the image once you go above that magnification.... It then becomes a matter of which allows you to see the holes in the target better, more magnification or more brightness.... and it's always a trade-off.... A 20-60X zoom is often used, but the zoom element loses brightness and clarity by itself, so a fixed magnification will generally give a better image (clearer/brighter).... I had a Bushnell Spacemaster (wish I still had it) that you could get various eyepieces from very low power to 60X and you could also get a zoom eyepiece.... It could cover all the conditions and assure you of the best you could do.... On a dull day, you probably can't use more than about 20X, and lower than that will give you a brighter image.... At night, with a 60 mm objective less, than 10X is optimum....

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Re: $200 spotting scope
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 07:36:43 PM »
Thanks very educational.

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Re: $200 spotting scope
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2016, 04:12:24 AM »
The one recommendation I have, is for the eyepiece to be parallel to the bore plane. I made the mistake of buying one with an angles eyepiece. It is just fine if you're sitting at a bench target shooting, and may indeed be preferred for that use. However, for actual spotting at a distance, the angles ones are all but worthless.
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Re: $200 spotting scope
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2016, 09:26:19 AM »
The angled eyepiece can be a PITA, but most with that feature allow the scope to be rotated 360* to allow the eyepiece to be at any angle.... By doing that you can "usually" find an orientation that will work.... However, I agree that if you are using it "handheld" it is very unnatural to use, holding it up and looking "through" it like you would binoculars is much easier for target acquisition.... The original Spacemasters were a straight-through design, I don't know about the new ones.... IIRC, I think the zoom on them was only 15-45X instead of the 20-60X more common today (and VERY dim at high power).... I now have a CHEAP (and I mean CHEAP) spotting scope, and I will never buy another.... It is so dim above 40X to be nearly useless.... I NEVER use it over that, even on a bright sunny day....

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Re: $200 spotting scope
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2016, 05:53:30 PM »
Check out the Celestron line of spotting scopes. I use the C90 Mak with 2 eye pieces that cover 35x up to 213x. 
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Re: $200 spotting scope
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017, 09:33:15 AM »
Alpen makes some nie spotting scopes that may fit your bill. Excellent glass for the price.  I think they are a stocked item at Sportsman's Warehouse and now are becoming better known.  When I bought my 10x42 Apex Binos the company was virtually unknown.  The Binos are still up and running and it is not from lack of abuse.  I drop them, tank them out on the boat and kick them around, dropped them in the canal a few times.  Still clear and sharp, no sign of abuse at all.
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