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I am looking into buying my first spotting scope. I have narrowed it down to a few choices.
A Celestron Ultima 80 with 20-60 mag
A Redfield rampage 20-60X60
A Barska Gladiator 20-60X90
Or a Leupold SX1 Ventana

I will mainly be using this for sighting in rife scopes. If you know of any other scopes in this range that are more bang for you buck I would be glad to hear them.
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Celestron, generally, makes pretty good stuff, but in that price range... not so much.  The one you are looking at, really and truly, is about a 100 yard scope. 

Redfield, I don't know, but probably close to Celestron.  Not bad...

Barska... I have one... barely adequate and not pleasing... looking through it is always a chore... I would not purchase another, even though I got a "great deal" on this one... only $29.99.  It wasn't worth it, really.  Over time, I've tried to tell myself it is OK for the money, but I always lose that conversation.

Leupold... used the 12-45x60 in Iraq and was really not impressed.  I'm sure the SX-1 would be less impressive. 


One, in the lower price ranges, recommended to me is the Konus Spot 20-60x80.  I've not used one, but have heard pretty good things about the scope "for the price". 

Some people like and use spotters more than I... you'll probably get a lot more responses soon.

A spotter is really, normally, a fairly high dollar item... you want to see fairly small holes at fairly long distances... maybe that's why I like .458's and 50BMG's so much.


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I also have heard good things about the Konus 20-60x80 spotting scope. I've heard the glass is good, but the scope itself is not as robust as others. I've never looked through one, but there was a high power shooter over on the Hide that was a big fan of the Konus for the money.
What distance are you sighting in at? If it's at 100yds then a decent 20 or 30x60 will be sufficient. If it's like 300yds or more, then your going to need some quality glass.
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Thanks for the advice. I am presently shooting mainly 223 at distance. Most of my local ranger do not go over a 100 yards the longest around 300. But from your comments it may be best for me to save up some money to buy a better scope. What are some of the scope you would recommend for me to save for. Also, I just spent the money I had saved up for a Zeiss rifle scope that was on sale at my local sporting goods store.
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Celestron is your best out of those.

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If you can do some "hands on" comparison, it would be good.  

If you can wait for a bit and save a bit, the Zen-Rays are very highly rated:

Zen-Ray 20-60x82 Prime HD Spotting Scope

Stock # - ZENPRIMEHD822060
  • 20-60X WA Eyepiece to deliver truly amazing image
  • 2nd Generation Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Glass: Best in Class resolution, chromatic aberration free image
  • Aspheric Lens Technology to enable Edge to Edge sharpness
  • Fully Broadband Multi-Coated Lenses: 99.7% transmission at every lens/air interface
  • 2nd Generation Dielectric Prism Coating
  • Oversized BAK4 prism: high density optics with ample optical illumination for maximum brightness
  • CrystalView Lens Coating to repel water and oil from the objective lens and eyepiece
  • Dual Focus Speed: coarse focuser allows less than 2 turn from close focus to infinity, whereas fine focuser allows precise focusing control
  • Mg Alloy Body
  • Waterproof/Argon charged for fogproof
  • Twist-up/down eyecup with generous eye relief to accommodate glass wearers
  • See Through Carrying Case
  • Extendable Sunshade to reduces glare and protect lens from adverse weather condition
  • Rotating Tripod ring to allow flexibility in positioning the spotting scope
$1,150.00



A guy at the range I sometimes use has a Bushnell and it is very clear and clean.  He has a Zeiss as well and the last time I was at the range, got to look at both.  For the price differential the Bushnell was Very impressive.
You should take a look at this one:


Bushnell 20-60x80 Legend Ultra HD Spotting Scope
Stock # - 786081ED
  • Angled Body
  • ED Glass
  • 2-spd Focus
  • Rainguard HD
$509.95
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http://swfa.com/Pentax-20-60x80-ED-Spotting-Scope-P4400.aspx

This is the spotter I use, and I have no trouble seeing .30 cal. holes at 300yds. The Zen-Ray that Kickboxer recommended and the Vortex Razor 20-60x82 would all be good choices. Anything less may be a gamble on seeing .223 holes at 300yds. Also consider that the atmosphere will have an effect on how well you can see and a quality tripod helps too.
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I have to recommend shoot and see targets... Glass cannot conquer all...
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I would agree on the shoot and see targets, at 100 yards I can see .223 caliber holes with great definition even with a 4x simmons scope. 
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Still cant edit, but there are ways to make your own if you find them expensive..

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