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Forgive my uneducated mind but why or would you have both bino's and a spotting scope.  Why not one or the other and if one which one would be better for hunting?.  Kind of like having a rangefinder/bino combined.  If you had that would you even need regular binos or a spotting scope.  All very confusing.

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Spotting scopes are special purpose, they have very small fields of view and are used after you got the general location (say a mountain side) lay of the land with GOOD binocs. If you do not trust your distance judgement get the range finder stuff also.

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  What Dale said. Bino's should be used to locate your game and if it's a trophy your after the spotting scope will come into play. A rangefinder is always a good choice for distance shooting. Good luck
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If you are a serious trophy hunter or birder you will need both.  If you don't need to evaluate the trophy quality of the game you pursue nor need to identify a particular species of bird by subtle markings and colorings, then you can get by with just a good binocular. I have come to the conclusion (after testing many, many people who claimed to be good at judging distance) that NO ONE  is good enough to accurately judge distance beyond 50 or so yards.  My laser rangefinder has humbled and made liars out of many a cocky sucker who thought otherwise. If you shoot at distances that never exceed 200 yards, you may not need a rangefinder as most rifles will shoot flat enough to make precise knowledge of the exact distance unnecessary,  If you shoot beyond this limit, you need a rangefinder.
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I have kind of ruled out the range finder at this point because of cash money but would think that someone would come up with a good spotter/range finder combo or bino/range finder combo.  Come on- Luke Skywalker has one!  My binos are fixed 7x35mm and they are good although there are a lot of times when  I see deer at 500 yds and I wish I had a closer look at it, or in thick brush at 200 yds.  After 1st buck of the season I am strictly trophy hunting though.   So maybe I should look into a spotter more closely.   My 2 kills have been 107/132 this season but usually up into the 2-350 range. 
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Burris, Bushnell, Leupold, Newcon and Leica make bino/rangefinder combos.

 

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How would you rank the combo's overall and by price and are the bino's poorer quality since it is a combo?

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This is my advise....get better Binos like Leica, Swaro, or Zeiss. Wiht more object and higher power.   Spend the money on them and then buy a pair of Steiner 20x80 or 25x80 and use them as your spotter.  THey will be cheaper and are good.  The major advantage is that they are comfortable to look through and you can easily find you target over and over again.  They are eay to pack and if you dont have time for the tripod you can take a quick peak through them by leaning heavily on something.  Not to mention the feild of view is usually bigger.  I havent used my Swaro spotter for quite a while since I discovered this.  MY swaro is clearer however. 
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If you can swing it, get a Leica Geovid 10x42.  It is the world's finest binocular and the worlds finest laser rangefinder all built into one package.  You will use it 100x more than your rifle scope or a spotting scope.

 

Leica Geovid 10x42.....$1644.99

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Just like Chris stated, it does not get any better than this.
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