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Back again with more optics questions...  I'm just finishing getting us lined up for her controlled hunt in a few weeks but still don't have a spotting scope. 

I need to pick one up prior to this season but my budget is strictly about $100 due to reasons I've mentioned before. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up a decent model in the next few years but it is what it is for the time being.

I've poked around swfa and craigslist. I hunt primarily SW Idaho for mule deer so in the rolling hills down low you can are dealing with decent distances.

I realize it's not likely ideal but would a 15-30 power be adequate? I've seen a deal for a used Alpen 15-30 on craigslist locally.  However he says it doesn't list a model so it's hard to know if for $75 if I getting a decent deal or screwed.

Also saw a Nikon RAII Earth and Sky 15-45 for $110.  Again, hard to guess the value as it looks like they've been discontinued...

I realize 45 or 60 is probably preferred. Would you even touch a scope that only goes to 30? Or should I be only looking and 45 or 60's?  When it comes to bench shooting.  Can you spot holes at 200yd with a 30x?

Again, because of my budget I'm painted into a corner a bit.

If you only had $100, any particular make/model recommendation or does it even matter because they all are crap? :))
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i have the burris 12-24, and it is great for the $$. it's been used and abused.
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Honestly, if you have a decent set of bino's, skip the spotter, and buy a tripod adapter for the bino's. Cheap spotter are just a headache waiting to happen. IMHO, magnification just makes bad glass more noticeable. With a tripod adapter and a sturdy tripod, decent binoculars are much more capable of finding game because of a wider field of view. And you can "lock-down" the view so you are not trying to describe where it is to someone else. 
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