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  Hello, I am looking to buy a spotting scope but didnt want to pay alot for it. I will only be using it for 25 and 100 yards. I have a 9mm and a 22 rifle. With that distance would I be ok with a cheaper one. Not sure what to look for when searching for one.    Thanks
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    Was looking at the Yukon Firefall 15 - 45 x 60mm .   For what i need do you think this would work?
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Hello and welcome to the OT sorry your post has not yet been answered ,and unfortunately I am not the one to give good advice on spotters but rest assured some will answer your needs, hang tight.     Wink   ps. the Yukon maybe not!

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Look in the 250 dollar and up range.  The better stuff is in the 500 dollar and up range. What happens is the "cheap" stuff is too fuzzy.  Resolution (clarity) is more important than magnification. The stuff in many sporting good stores is not worth taking home.  The store stocks what customers want to pay... Try a camera store and see what they have.  Bushnell, Nikon, and Pentax have some ok low dollar stuff.  Thier higher end stuff is nice.
 
When you are at the range ask others if you can try thier scopes. Ask what brands they have tried. 
 
There are better buys than Yukon, Alpine, BSA, Basrak ect. right now.  Keep saving until you are out of that price bracket.
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Originally posted by Medicine Man33 Medicine Man33 wrote:

  Hello, I am looking to buy a spotting scope but didnt want to pay alot for it. I will only be using it for 25 and 100 yards. I have a 9mm and a 22 rifle. With that distance would I be ok with a cheaper one. Not sure what to look for when searching for one.    Thanks
Just exactly how much are you willing/able to spend?

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 I was looking to spend 1 or 2 hundred. I  dont have alot to spend now, just bought my gun and everything that goes with it....well almost everything.   Thanks for your replys
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For $100-$200 you aren't going to find a lot of variety in quality spotting scopes but, believe it or not, even in this budget-class category, there are some options... 
  • There are still some Stokes Sandpipers available for $200 and to be quite frank, that would very likely be your best bet. 
  • Bushnell Discoverers can be had for this price range.  They are fairly heavy and are not waterproof but, for many years they were (under the B&L badge) considered THE spotting scope by serious birders.  Obviously things have changed a lot since then but, the Discoverer is still a pretty darned good scope.
  • The Vortex Impact sells for around $200 and is also a pretty good scope, though its catadioptric design has some peculiarities to it that require some getting used to.
  • Burris has a 20x50 compact spotting scope that might be worth looking at.  It and its 12-24x50 sibling get pretty good reviews.  I would think that the fixed power scope would prove superior just because it is easier to make.
  • There are some Minox MD 50 Ws selling for just above your stated budget at $250.
 
 
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  Just  found and ordered the sandpiper.  Thanks for all your help.
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