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Does anyone know of a spotter with enough eye relief to wear glasses? The range I shoot at makes you wear eye protection at all times.  Budget is around $300, but will put up more if needed.  Hope you all can help!
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The Leupold 12-40x60 has ample eye relief (30mm), but it is a bit over your budget.
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I tried to think of a spotting scope under $300 that offers plenty of eye relief and honestly could not come up with one. In my experience your best bet for long eye relief is a fixed power eyepiece over most of the zooms offered on relatively inexpensive spotting scopes in today's market. The problem is that none of the inexpensive spotting scopes availabe offer fixed power eyepieces.
 
So, I went a little unconventional with my thought process. Since this is only going to be used at the range then waterproofing shouldn't be a necessity. With that thought in mind I am going to suggest one of the astronomical scope "cross overs" that is regularly used and recommended for birding...the Celestron C90. It typically runs around $150 and offers some excellent optical performance for the price. You can easily use any 1.25 inch astro eyepiece with it. There are hundreds to choose from that range in price from $20 all the way up to $300.
 
Since you are just looking at a target then issues such as brightness and centerfield resolution should be the most important. Field of view shouldn't be an issue. With that thought in mind even a simple $35 Plossl eyepiece should do an excellent job. The C90 comes with a 32 mm plossl eyepiece which yields 39x. That should be sufficient depending on the distance and atmospheric conditions for your intended use but you could always buy another higher magnification eyepiece if you want more magnification. The 32 mm plossl should provide around 25 mm of eye relief.
 
It does also accept any 1.25 inch astro zooms and Celestron makes a fairly inexpensive one as well. The problem with it though is that you will have to worry about eye relief again.
 
Hope this proves helpful.
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Thanks Frank....
I went with the Vortex Nomad...I was able to look through it outdoors at 2nd amendment sports in Bakersfield Ca...it looked fantastic! Holding it off hand I was reading street signs(one had a crack in it) a mile away.It has adjustable eye relief, so its great with or without eye protection. This scope is discontinued but still full warranty. Asking price was $399......I got it from competitorNY for $299 with a Vortex high country tripod..I like deals..especially when the product is quality. My Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP Mrad has pissed of a lot of shooters at my range who look through my scope and shake there head when they compare it to the ones mounted on their rifles that cost twice as much.
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The 20 - 60 x60?  Straight or angle?
Straight on this site for $209.
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I wanted the 20-60x60 Angled....which this site did not have...plus I got free shipping
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Sounds good.  Other than the obvious, is there any diff in the straight and angle?
Please let me know what you think once you receive it.
I'm a big Vortex fan and owner, but this seems to be fairly low end - Lower than Diamondback.
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It will be here Friday...Ill let you know....
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Got the Nomad today. Image is sharp. I'm able to read electric panels on telephone poles 400 yds away. I'm sure a Viper HD blows this away but for under $300, I'm thrilled. Vortex does it again!
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