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Hi folks,
can you please advise me on a spotting scope $250-$500 to give my parents?
Birds and animals, a mountaintop in the distance, the moon and planets at night, stuff like airplanes and distant people.  It would be nice if they could attach their DSLR somehow.
They now have small Zeiss binoculars.
Thanks very much!
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How big of a scope are you looking for. I assume if you are looking at digiscoping, you would like a full size 80mm+ spotter?
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sure, the bigger the better.  they are just going to use it on their deck.  of course my price point is limited.  do you have anything in mind?

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This price point doesn't take you in to the world of high end spotting scopes. Especially when looking at big scopes. One might be better off buying a better scope, and having it be smaller. The digiscoping wouldn't be as good with a smaller scope, but you might get better glass in a smaller scope for the money. Here are a few to consider. I don't really have much for experience with scopes in this price range, except one from twenty years ago.
 
 
 
If you could extend your price range $200, this would be a nice fairly compact scope.
 
You may want to look at this too. They have nice ED spotters. I don't know how these compare though.
 


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Those are all nice-looking scopes.  The Vortex is a badass looking piece of gear.  I think my dad would be into that.  I've got to check the specs more.  Thanks so much for the suggestion!  Smile 
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The Pentax PF-63 is worthless.  Don't waste your money.  Their PF-65 is a great scope though, a little beyond your price range.
 
The 66mm Kowa should be a very good scope, especially if you spring for the ED-glass model.
 
The Vortex Skyline is a good scope again, made especially so if you make sure to get the one with the ED glass objective lens (which may however, put you over your stated budget).  Unfortunately, it does not have a provision for mounting a DSLR - which you mentioned wanting to do.  They have a great adapter for a point-and-shoot camera but, nothing for a DSLR.
 
The 20-60x80 Bushnell Elite is a bit more than your price range (~$650)  but, is a better scope than the Vortex.  It can also be easily adapted to either a point-and-shoot or a DSLR camera.
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Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

This price point doesn't take you in to the world of high end spotting scopes. Especially when looking at big scopes. One might be better off buying a better scope, and having it be smaller. The digiscoping wouldn't be as good with a smaller scope, but you might get better glass in a smaller scope for the money. Here are a few to consider. I don't really have much for experience with scopes in this price range, except one from twenty years ago.
 
 
 
If you could extend your price range $200, this would be a nice fairly compact scope.
 
You may want to look at this too. They have nice ED spotters. I don't know how these compare though.
 


I could be wrong but at least one of these listed is just the body and does not include the eye piece. Just trying to help. Smile


Edited by mike650 - December/15/2008 at 17:01
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