Location: United States
I recently shot in a match that did not allow for optics so I had to rely on another shooters spotting scope. I have to say his scope was very nice. It was a celestron with a tripod made for it. I am not sure what sort of scope it was for sure, but it was on a very nice professional looking tripod with the twisty knobs for fine verticle adjustment.
Anyways it worked flawlessly at 100 yareds, but at 200 I could not pickup my bullet holes. Even with it zoomed out to 60. Now it is possible that the problem was I was not refocussing it. I was not familiar with his scope and I did not want to turn the wrong knobs. I assumed he had alreayd focussed it.
Anyways I am looking for a spotting scope I can use to pickp bullet holes at 200 yards at least. I shoot a 30 caliber so I shouldn't think it would be too hard. I could see them with my previous 24x scope, but I have switched to a 12x scope and can no longer pick them up.
I like cheap, but I know quality is expensive. I also am a fan of the higher end barska products. I would idealy like to be able to use this scope prone or from a bench position without getting up so either one of those pole tripods or just a stubby tripod would be good for me. I think for using it from the benchrest a angled eyepeice would be good.
Would anyone recommend one of those Barska Blackhawks? http://www.swfa.com/pc-6047-998-barska-20-60x80-blackhawk-sp otting-scope.aspx If there is a cheaper scope that would do what I need worth a recommendation that would be great. Also if you think I would be best to spend a little more let me know.
It is just about right for me in the price range and I would think the magnification would be sufficient. Also down here on the gulfcoast it gets real hot in the summer would anything help with the mirrage or is that just going to be a limiting environmental factor?