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Christmas is approaching and I've been given a $300 budget to buy myself a spotting scope.  I've got binoculars galore, but I've never gotten around to buying any sort of scope.

I already own a couple heavy duty tripods, so the money can go entirely to the scope.  I'm thinking that I'd like an angled body--I'm going to spend a lot more time birding with this scope than hunting.  Typically, though, I imagine that I'll be watching water fowl or shore birds from a distance. 

I'll probably tilt it skyward every now and then to take a little better look at some of those items that my 12x50 binocs don't distinguis very clearly.

Eye relief will be a MAJOR concern.  Weight doesn't matter too much since the places where I intend to use this scope aren't that far off of the beaten path.  Fully multi-coated lenses are probably a priority too.  I'm open for discussion on the 60mm vs 80mm issue.  I can imagine that if I bought a 60mm, it would probably see a pretty fair amount of window mount time as I bird watch around the fish and wildlife area near my home.

I've been looking at the advertisements for the Leupold Wind River Sequoia, Celestron's Ultima series, and a few others.  I've seen some recommendations here for the Bushnell Spacemaster, but it doesn't look like it's multi-coated from what I could read.

Has anyone got a recommendation on a serviceable, decent quality spotter that you can buy for $300 U.S.?
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Try the Burris Landmark 20-60x80, not angled but remarkably clear for around $200.  I use it to see small bullet holes at 300 yds all the time.  I have been really impressed by the quality of this scope and I've got a pair of Swarovski 10x32 EL, Zeiss 10x40, and several VXIII's on my rifles.  For the money you just can't beat it and it does possess more than decent eye relief.  I had a Leupold Sequoia for around $350 and it was absolutely pathetic, and I'm a big gold ring fan.  The only thing I lack now is the big sturdy tripod.  I have a walmart cheapy.  
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