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I finally found a scope I can live with and it was inexpensive. 
 
It's the Excursion 15-45x60.  I was pleasantly suprised when I tried it today.  The eye relief is huge.  Wearing glasses and I still have plenty of eye relief.  Also, the image is very wide and along with the huge eye relief this scope is a pleasure to look thru.  It came with a padded case, tripod and wetsuite type of case that protects the scope if you are carrying it without the padded case.  The tripod is a throw-away but the cases are decent. 
 
I've been looking for a decent scope for a long time and I tried many but this one is a huge improvement over anything I've looked thru.  Based on what I saw with it today I'm very pleased. 
 
I plan on taking it to the range tomorrow and see how well I can see bullet holes out to 300 yards.   I'll let you know how it does and maybe take some pictures.
 
 
 
 


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781560ED New Bushnell 15-45x60 Excursion FLP Spotting Scope                                                                      New Bushnell 15-45x60 Excursion FLP Spotting Scope
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Judging from the specs the name fits. Please do let us know!! Big Smile
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I'm most interested also, I've thought about a purchase of this exact scope, but theres not alot of input or field reviews on it yet, please let us know what you think.
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I'm back from a day at the range and the scope worked very well.  I didn't punch any holes at 300 yards but I could see my grey hits on the rusty hanging  metal plates at that distance.  
 
I don't know how to describe the image quality but I easily saw what I was looking for and having the wide view helped find the target quickly even on 45x.  Eye relief was far more than needed with and without glasses.  Your eye lash will never touch or smear the lense on this scope.
 
I placed the scope on a sandbag and that worked very well for keeping it steady.  I think I won't even buy a better tripod for it because this worked so well.  I might get a car window mount if I can find a good but inexpensive one but for spotting game from a mountain top I will probably just use my backpack as a rest.  Again, the wide fov and long eye relief make it very forgiving even if you are not holding it perfectly steady. 
 
When I go it yesterday the size was a bit bigger than I expected but after using it today it's not so big.  It's around 12" long and fits easily inside my patrol pack.  It's about 37 oz so it would need a pretty good tripod to hold it.  The wetsuite case it came with isn't top shelf but it's a neat idea and it does what it's supposed to.  It  covers the entire scope and opens at the front to reveal the lens cap and unzips at the eye piece so you can use it while it's in the case.  It won't protect it like the padded case it came with but it works perfect for carrying it in a backpack.
 
I would love to see a side x side comparison with this scope and the $800 Leupold it's modeled after. 
 
Overall, I feel it's definitely the best spotter I've experienced in my price range. 
 
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Thanks, Smitty!  
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Smitty,

Were you tempted to get the 80 mm Excursion?  What was your thought process in excluding this scope? I'm very close to pulling the trigger.
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I have a question about the length of the 65 mm objective, is it really 19" long?  The 80mm objective excursion is only 13.77" long, seams a little odd to me.  That's even longer than my 20-60X80 elite.  Just curious if that was a misprint.  Also, smitty have you done any more playing around with the new scope, and if so is your overall impression still good?
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The 60mm Excursion is not 19" long.  More like 12".

Must have been a typo you saw.


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 In my experience, that magnification range is about perfect for most mountain hunting, too
  I'd like to check one out someday. Thanks for the review! 
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Even on the Bushnell web site the scope is (obviously mistakenly) listed as 19 inches. 
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Originally posted by tours732 tours732 wrote:

Even on the Bushnell web site the scope is (obviously mistakenly) listed as 19 inches. 
Bushnell has a terrible website editor.  I routinely find errors in their product descriptions, specs, and other content.
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does anyone know where the Excursions are made in?  Japan?
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Originally posted by bowmaker bowmaker wrote:

does anyone know where the Excursions are made in?  Japan?
I'm not absolutely certain, but I believe they are made in China. 
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