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Anyone had a chance to view or use the new bushnell excursion spotter, it looks good spec. wise, just curious. 
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It hasn't been released yet.   A couple months ago I was given a release date of "late May" by a fairly reliable source but, tomorrow is the last day of May and it still is "out of stock."  
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Any word yet on when this thing is being released?  Been kinda waiting to buy a new scope till I could look through this one.
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No, they still have not been released. They are about 2 months late from the date they gave me earlier this year.

I suppose that, if you are patient person, you just wait until the do arrive.  I'm not so; I couldn't wait.  I found a killer deal on a 15-30x50 Leupold Golden Ring that was so good I couldn't resist.  So, my spotting scope searching is done.

Hopefully someone will pick up one of these little Excursions when they finally do arrive and then let us all know how they stack up.
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After doing some research I bit the bullet and purchased the 20-60X80 a couple of days ago. I've spent maybe a couple of hours with it but here is my initial impression. First of all the scope is big and heavy. Obviously the 80mm objective is big but man this thing is giant. It comes with a semisoft carrying case, tripod and scope coat. The tripod is worthless. I wouldn't expect to use it at all. You will need a good quality one to handle the weight of this scope. The scope coat is decent. I'm not sure how it will hold up long term as well as the case. I only paid $400 bucks so I am not expecting the best here. Now for the scope. The body is composed mostly of metal which contributes to the weight. The design of the scope is simple. It appears that there are only a couple of lenses with some mirrors hence the "folded light path". The eyepiece is very well marked and has pretty good movement through the power range. It is threaded to the body with a metal ring. It appears it could be removable but I am not aware of any other power or fixed eyepieces that are could be used. The focus ring is right in front of the power ring. Both have raised ridges which provide adequate surface to grip. It takes a bit of practice to focus the scope but I think it has more to do with the fact that I don't have an adequate tripod for this thing to be able to hold it steady enough. O.k. now for the image remarks. The reason I bought the scope was for the ED prime glass. I didn't expect miracles here again the scope cost $400 bucks but I was very surprised at the image quality. I am fortunate enough to have my property back up to open space so I have unobstructed line of sight to objects out to 1000yds. The first thing I did was setup the scope to test the resolution. There is a transformer at 670 yds from my back door. I could read the numbers on the transformer with both the 45X and 60X settings. The weather was slightly overcast with a little bit of sun so I didn't have a lot of heat waves yet. I have to say you could use this scope consistently through 45X. Above 45X there just isn't enough light even on a sunny day. I'm not saying its worthless, its just that the image is significantly dimmer at higher powers. At 30X the images are bright and clear and reasonably sharp. It is not crisp edge to edge but the center of the image is good. I viewed prarie dogs at 400 yds with ease. I believe that for $400 bucks and 80mm this scope is going to be very tough to beat. Is it the best? No. For $400 bucks it may be at that price range. I have a Leupold gold ring compact 15-30X50 and I will say the image qualtiy is very similar. Once I've put some more hours behind it I will post again with a followup .

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