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Hello everyone,

I am looking for a Spotting Scope with a budget of $1000.00.  Might go over a little if it is worth it. I am going to be using it for hunting/ bean fields at dusk. Right now at the most would be 500 to 600 yrds. Want to be able to tell the size rack on the buck. Have been looking online at all the different ones. Kowa, Nikon, Leupold, Vortex, Zen-Ray, Pentax. Do not know if 65mm obj. is good enough to do this, with the right eye piece, or not. Do I/will I need to get HD/ED glass to do this. Have been looking at the Pentax PF-65EDA II  and get a better zoom eye piece. What do you guys think? Any other brand that I should look at?

Thanks for any help.
 
John
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In the 65mm class I'd look no further than a Kowa 663/664 prominar.  It's every bit as good as a Swaro 65HD at half the cost.  If you really want an 85mm class spotter, throw in an extra $500 or so and go for the Vortex Razor 85 HD.  It compares very favorably with all the big boys, again at almost 1/2 the cost.   Pentax is out of the spotter business, so I'd rule that one out if it were me.  
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+1 on both & remember you must buy the eye piece seperate.Usually the fixed eye piece will have the better all around clarity.Also make sure you buy a very sturdy tri-pod.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

In the 65mm class I'd look no further than a Kowa 663/664 prominar.  It's every bit as good as a Swaro 65HD at half the cost.  If you really want an 85mm class spotter, throw in an extra $500 or so and go for the Vortex Razor 85 HD.  It compares very favorably with all the big boys, again at almost 1/2 the cost.   Pentax is out of the spotter business, so I'd rule that one out if it were me.  
 
Of the two, which would you get. The Vortex is about $200.00 more.  I have heard/read good things about both companies. I have never looked through Kowa, but have a set of Vortex bino's. Just wondering if Vortex is worth the extra over Kowa??
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Originally posted by stickbow46 stickbow46 wrote:

+1 on both & remember you must buy the eye piece seperate.Usually the fixed eye piece will have the better all around clarity.Also make sure you buy a very sturdy tri-pod.
 
 
Stickbow,
I noticed on the Kowa, they have two fixed that I have seen. A WA 25X and a 30X. Is there much of a difference between the two, besides FOV? Is one a little sharper then then other?
 
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John
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The Razor is a top-shelf 85mm spotter and will outpace the Kowa 66 at similar magnifications due to exit pupil alone.

The Kowa is a good choice if you want something lighter.
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I think one is Wide angle & the other is an Extended eye relief.Check with the SWFA crew they will be able to answer that question better than me.
 
Also want to mention that the Razor comes with the eye piece included but I think it's a zoom.You can't go wrong with either one,compact is the Kowa & reaching out there is the Razor.
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