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Budget-500$ STRICT!
I Hunt in the mountains of NM and cover 5-6 miles a day so i need a scope i can pack. I would like to have smooth operation and clear optics. I live a long way from anywhere Bandito,so i cant check out any of these scopes before I buy them.

 I have narrowed it down to 3 spotters. Cant decide and I just need some feedback to sell me on one of them. Feel free to use pictures, videos, or pages and pages of review to push me over the edge on one of these spotters. 
(Im kind of a greenhorn when it comes to spotters so i also need to know, Angled or staight body?)

This would really help me out
Thanks in Advance
-muleyspook

1. Vortex Viper 15-45x60-450$
Weight (oz):48.5
Length (in):15.8
Eye Relief (mm):18
Field of View @ 1000yds (ft):140 - 65
Exit Pupil (mm):4.3 - 1.4
Close Focus (ft):16


2. Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65-399$
Weight (oz):32
Size (in):11.5 x 4.1
Eye Relief (mm):15.2
Field of View @ 1000yds (ft):126
Exit Pupil (mm):4.1
Close Focus (ft):13.1

3.Zen Ray Ridgefield 15-45x65-279.99$
Weight (oz):51
Eye Relief (mm):21.76 - 20.7
Field of View @ 1000yds (ft):174 - 57
Exit Pupil (mm):4.34 - 1.45
Close Focus (ft):17
Lens Coating:Fully Broadband Multi-Coated


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/09/2011 at 15:01
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You should also consider the Theron Saker at $250.  However they are not available right now but I hear a new batch should come in within a month or 2.

Dennis

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look at this thread on the Theron Saker

http://www.opticstalk.com/theron-saker_topic29340.html

Dennis

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Welcome to the OT, muleyspook.

I would take the prostaff off the list, personally.  That 126 feet at 1000 yards max FOV is kind of limiting.

People seem to like that Zen Ray a lot, but the Theron seems to get mentioned first.

I haven't seen the Viper HD, but the reviews I have seen are favorable, and it is hard to beat how hard that company works to make its customers happy.

Angled or straight is a preference-only thing.  More people prefer straight than angled, but I prefer angled.  Straight scopes are easier to get on target.
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