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 Hi, Does anyone have any experience with Alpen products. One of my shooting buddies is telling me that the 80mm kit that Alpen offers is the best bang for the buck in the spotting scope market place. I think he said he paid about $375 for the kit. I am alittle skeptical and do not know much about Alpen. Does anyone have experience with Alpen or a recommendation for a best bang for the buck budget spotting scope.

 

Thanks. Scott.

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Outdoor Life gives Alpen optics a big "thumbs up." 

 

Alpen has always been known as one of the super-low budget makers and admittedly, that stigma has kept me from really giving their offerings a serious look.  (Well, that and the relative scarcity of their products in my "local" sporting goods stores.) 

 

If you can get a chance to examine the product in person (or have a reliable gaurantee that you can return it if you don't like it) I would say it would at least be worth your time to give it a try.  I definately would want the option of examining it before commiting to it first though.



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Thanks.....I will check out my friend's scope.....He swears it offers crystal clear optics at a bargain price. I have a discriminating eye so I'll reply back after I have field tested it.

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Scott,

 

I just took a look at Alpen's website to see the specs on this 80mm spotting scope.  There were a few things that caused me some "concern:"

  1. The scope is incredibly heavy.  It weighs in at 64 ounces whereas a Bushnell Elite 80mm scope only weighs 53 ounces. 
  2. The glass surfaces are only Multicoated as opposed to Fully-Multicoated.
  3. The prisms are made of Bak7 glass as opposed to the higher quality Bak4.

Externally, they look very suspiciously similar to the Vortex Skyline and I suspect that they are made/marketed in Asia by the same company with Alpen opting for lower-cost options than does Vortex.

 

A brief look at a couple of Alpen retailers' websites shows this scope to be priced in the $400-$450 range and for that kind of money, I think you would be far better off looking elsewhere.  The aforementioned Vortex Skyline which is Fully-multicoated, uses (I believe) Bak4 prisms, and weighs about the same as the 80mm Bushnell Elite can be had for around $430.  The Nikon Sky & Earth series also would be a better option that would cost you less and give you more.

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Thanks.....very helpful insight. I have never heard of the Voretex line and just recently started reading positive reviews about certain models. I am familiar to the Bushnell Elite products as they do offer ALOT of bang for the buck.   I will look up the Voretex Skyline specs and reviews. I have always been curious about the Nikon Eath and Sky set-ups....I hear they are really good for the money.

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I recently purchased the Alpen in 20-60x80mm kit including the tripod w/ the angled eyepiece.......In an earlier post on this site, April 12, there was concern about the quality of this scope.....Prior to my purchase, I did call Alpen headquarters in So. Calif. to verify their recent upgrades to this scope that started after the first of this year. Their website catalog has been upgraded to reflect the following upgrades.........For 2007, the lenses are now FULLY COATED, the prisms are now BAK4 and this model comes with a built-in slide-out sunshade for the objective lense......This scope is now almost identical to the Vortex which was also one of my final two choices. I replaced an old Bushnell with the Alpen.....I chose the Alpen because I live in So. Calif. Their headquarters is here, so any future warranty problems that occur will be conveniently and speedily handled at their distribution/showroom center. Warranty is lifetime and transferable............I have used this scope twice now at the range. At 200 yards, using the full 60X, this scope is outstanding! No problem whatsoever in viewing my 30 cal. bullet holes! Peered at a another target at the same distance w/ .204 Ruger holes. No problem there either. Further out at the 300 yard mark on a ridge, I focused on a bowling pin and again, very clear!!!! I will have no problem viewing holes at the 300 yard mark!!!! You can spend more money for the ED scopes, but for those of you who shoot at 200 to 300 yards, use the orange background splatter targets!!! You don`t need the higher priced ED scope using the orange targets at 300 yards or less!...........With my research, viewing thru and comparing many scopes including the Leupold Sequoia, the Vortex and the Alpen in 20-60x80 are the two best scopes on the market for the money, at around the $400 price point!  You will not go wrong with either!!!!!
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Thanks for the information. I was very helpful. I am leaning toward one of the NEWER Alpens but have heard the Vortex is really nice two. I haven't looked thru one yet but hope to in the very near future. Thanks again for your honest opinion and field research. Scott

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