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After spending the last couple of days reading roughly 100 threads on spotting scopes I think I've made the decision to buy the above referenced Bushnell Elite 20-60x80 ED spotting scope. It's a bit over my intended price range of $500, but the ED glass, changable eye pieces, and larger objective lens seem to make it a pretty fair deal. It's purpose is going to be 80% range use and assorted other uses of bird and game observation. I'm also considering using it for some digiscoping. Which leads me into my questions.


1. Does Bushnell only make eye pieces for this? If no...

a. Who else makes them?

b. Any particular suggestions?

c. What's the interface format of the eye piece? (I could be using a poor term there... what style plug/socket is the eye piece)

2. Anyone have a suggestion for a bench style tripod? (Link to thread I created on that very question)

3. Considering my price range, planned useage, etc. Is there some scope I might be missing?



Whelp that's about all I can come up with asking you all. I would just like to say I have been really impressed with the level of knowledge people have shown here. I look forward to your responses.


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1. Yes
      a. Noone
      b. Although Bushnell does (did) make fixed magnification eyepieces for this scope, they are very hard to find.  If they are a primary need, you might need to look elsewhere.
      c. If I am understanding your question correctly, the basic answer is that the eyepiece mount is a proprietary design and is not compatible with eyepieces of any other make (at least none that I'm aware of.)
2. Bench-style tripods do not (generally) have to endure the same kind of abuse as a more dedicated field tripod thus, lesser models can prove very serviceable.  My 80mm Elite spotter is quite stable on a $40 Vangaurd Mars I.  
3. The Vortex Skyline is a possible option.  It is approximately the same size as the Elite, though though it is significantly heavier (53 oz. for the Elite vs. 64 oz for the Vortex.)  If you plan on digiscoping with a point-and-shoot type camera, then Vortex has an ingenious little adapter that is absolutely tops.  If you want to use a DLSR camera, then Bushnell has the right adapter. The Elite, by the way, is a fantastic scope.  It is better than anything else in it's price class and as good as scopes costing much more.
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