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Anyone have any experience and or opinion about burris spotting scopes and the Burris 25-75x70 XTS2575 Spotter in particular?
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In my opinion I don't think much of the Landmark series and have a XTS2575.  Bought it on a whim and would say for the money it's a good value.  On the other hand, if your budget is there I would suggest stepping up a bit to the next level which would be say the 400-600 dollar range.  In optics, the vast majority of the time you get what you pay for although once you get to the very good level it sure cost a lot more to get to the excellent level.

 

Back to the XTS scope, I still would say its a good value, pretty good clarity at long range, very good at about 350 yards and less, okay on the focus but don't really like the zoom eye piece.  Settings at 25, 50 and 75, kind of hard to turn and very cheesy finger rubber covering that isn't attached very well.  Also wish there was a sun shade either with it or at least available.  It still was an upgrade from my 17 year old spotting scope (cab..a's) but not as good as a buddy of mine's older Leupold fixed 30X.

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Tulie,

Thanks for the response, I appreciate it. After I posted this I realized that there was a previous post regarding catadioptic scopes, specifically the Vortex Impact which looks like it might be inferior tot he Burris design. Is the Burris rubber amoured metal as is was informed by the manufacturer? Below is my original posting to let you know how I started down this road and somehow have ended up considering the Burris. It was suggested to me by various vendors that the Vortex Sandpiper, Bushnell Spacemaster, Bushnell Legend, and Celestron Ultima would be good scopes for what I am looking to spend. Too damn many choices! I am not sure I am any closer to making a decision.

Any opinion on any of these v.s. the Burris? Should appreciate any insight you can offer.

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I am shopping for an economical $100-300 range spotting scope.Waterproof, preferably amoured, (15-45)to(20-60)zoom, 60mm objective. I am looking for something for target shooting ( 100-200 yd.s for now, but maybe I'll find my way to 1000 yd. range someday) and which is packable enough for hunting. I am looking for recommendations for manufacturers and models which represent the best value in regards to light transmission, clarity, quality of construction, owner satisfaction, etc. I am getting recommendations for Bushnell and Celestron thus far from other websites.

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Tulie,

Sorry about the quick typing and poor use of the English language in the previous reply. Here is what I was trying to say:

After I posted this I realized that there was a previous post regarding catadioptic scopes, specifically the Vortex Impact which looks like it might be inferior to the Burris design. Does the Burris have a rubber amoured metal housing as was stated by the manufacturer? Below is my original posting to let you know how I started down this road and somehow have ended up considering the Burris. It was suggested to me by various vendors that the Vortex Sandpiper, Bushnell Spacemaster, Bushnell Legend, and Celestron Ultima would be good scopes for what I am looking to spend. Too damn many choices! I am not sure I am any closer to making a decision.

Any opinion on any of these v.s. the Burris? Sure appreciate any insight you can offer.

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I am shopping for an economical $100-300 range spotting scope.Waterproof, preferably amoured, (15-45)to(20-60)zoom, 60mm objective. I am looking for something for target shooting ( 100-200 yd.s for now, but maybe I'll find my way to 1000 yd. range someday) and which is packable enough for hunting. I am looking for recommendations for manufacturers and models which represent the best value in regards to light transmission, clarity, quality of construction, owner satisfaction, etc. I am getting recommendations for Bushnell and Celestron thus far from other websites.

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Of the ones you mention I've only seen the Bushy Legend and it was decent for the money.  Personally I would consider it in the Landmark area.  The Burris XTS would work for the range but for me I would rather have something smaller and lighter for packing in the field.  Also, environmental factors really are the largest impact when viewing about anything farther then say around 400 yards.  Where I am, even on cool days the mirage is a killer and honestly anything over about 50X isn't very useful. 

 

For what you are wanting to do and in that price range I feel the XTS would work fine and I've heard very good things on the Landmark 15-45 which is a tad cheaper but as I said before, if you can dig a little deeper you will get a lot more optic and probably something you won't be wanting to upgrade in a few years.  I got the XTS for the range and will use it but can't say I won't be looking for a gonga deal on a much better optic in the near future.  I can tell you this, when I went to Zeiss binocs the lesser ones just didn't match up at all and I couldn't be happy with them.  There was a writer/hunter a few years back that said something about "optics don't weigh anything or cost anything" and once you bite into the higher dollar stuff it's hard to argue with him.

 

Bottom line, go take a look at a bunch of them in the outdoors and pick what you really like, fits your eye, meets your demands and then get the budget there even if it takes a little while.

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Turie,

Not to prolong the agony, but I am not sure what you meant in regards to:

"Of the ones you mention I've only seen the Bushy Legend and it was decent for the money.  Personally I would consider it in the Landmark area." -?

Just wondered if you could clarify the issue of housing construction for me as well. Is the housing a rubber amoured metal? Polycarbonate? Or rubber amoured polycarbonate?

Just wondering how rugged the unit is.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond and for all the great input.

   

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I've been out of town so didn't get back to you before now.  It's rubber armoured and by peeling back a corner of it, it seems to be metal of some sort underneath. 

 

When you look at the "starting" scale of optics in my opinion you get some very good and some not so good even in the same manufacturer's series.  I've seen very low end scopes that were amazingly clear and others that just would not clear up.  This is both rifle scopes and spotters, thus the reason I said I thought the Legend was decent was a sample size of one or two scopes.  The same thing holds true for the Landmark's that I have looked through.  A buddy of mine has one and thinks it's great, another buddy had one and thought it wasn't anywhere near close to his much older Leupold.  Obviously this is not enough data to make a big bold statement but I think this level of scope is decent.  The same holds with this Burris, it's a good one to me and for what I need it to do but certainly not as good as the much higher dollar ones.  That being said, I do believe it is a little better then the Landmark and Legend level of spotters.

 

My best advice is if you can get into a larger sporting goods store, take a look at several, size, weight, adjustments...., then decide what you like best and look for the best price you can get.  Once again, if you can step up to the next level do it, optics are something that are used quite a bit and are worth the bucks even as much as it hurts to get into them at times!!!

 

 

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Burris only offers a year warranty on this unit. I would be leary of such a short warranty on a spotting scope which is relatively fragile (compared to there Signature units) in design.
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Originally posted by Dirtdog Dirtdog wrote:

...the Vortex Impact... looks like it might be inferior to the Burris design.
 
The Vortex Impact and Burris XTS are the same scope. The only difference is the name badge on the side.  
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Originally posted by lucznik lucznik wrote:

Originally posted by Dirtdog Dirtdog wrote:

...the Vortex Impact... looks like it might be inferior to the Burris design.
 
The Vortex Impact and Burris XTS are the same scope. The only difference is the name badge on the side.  
 
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