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Does anyone know if these spotters are any good and if they have a crystal clear image ? The first one is

Viper HD 15-45x65 Angled Spotting Scope.

The second one is

Viper HD 15-45x65 Straight Spotting Scope .

The third one is

Viper HD 20-60x80 Angled Spotting Scope .

The first 2 cost 649.99 and the 3rd one cost 899.99 . My main purpose would be to see .223 holes at 200-300 yards away in open field . I am looking for something with a pretty good clear image and something so I can see up close and stop walking down field to check out my targets . Who knows I might use it for hunting once or twice a year . Any info would be helpful and appreciated . Does it make a difference if the spotter is angled or straight ? And weight is not an issue (includding tripod ). Just looking to buy my first spotting scope . Would either of the 3 be good for searching and tracking game ?

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Those models are getting pretty good feedback.  I have seen them, but haven't used them extensively.  They do seem like they are pretty good for their price range.
 
The 80mm model is pretty big, but will have an advantage in lower light and high magnifications.
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I know you get what you pay for . But I just want to make sure I spend my money on something thats  going to be worth it . Still havent decided if angled or straight makes a difference .
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I would get angled. I have a meopta straight and a razor angled. The angled is much easier to use and much more comfortable. I wouldn't even consider a straight again.
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For hunting and tac matches I prefer straight.
I have had both the angled and the straight Razor HD-The scope I own now is the straight Razor HD
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Do you think the glass on these are good and will provide a close cyrstal clear image ? Or is it not worth the price ?

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IMHO you are at the beginning of quality glass..have to pay almost twice as much to get up to HD glass.
Take a look at the Kowa 660 non HD series, very competitive price wise and excellent scopes with a wider variety of eyepieces.
Good luck in your quest.
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I disagree with Art on this one.
 
The Viper HD does have HD glass.  In fact they make the viper line in standard and HD (ED) versions.
 
While the Kowa 660 is a nice scope it does show some CA, due to the standard optical glass.  I think the Viper may have the better overall image than the 660.  The Kowa does have the eyepiece selection advantage, however.
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I think I am going to go with the (Viper HD 20-60X80 Angled) for my first spotting scope .
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