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hey guys newbie to this site, just after some help with best spotting scope for hunting deer in australia, under $1000 which is my limit, what i want in a scope is long range observation approx 2miles out, prefered 80mm or something around that size, hd or ed lenses, low light conditions, ive checked out a few brands like the vortex viper hd80mm and the celestron Ultima ED Refractor 100ED what you think guys any help would be appreciate. thanks. Smile
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Welcome to Optics Talk! Howdy
 
I honestly cannot comment on Celestron.
 
However, for long-range observation, the 20-60x80 Viper HD spotting scope is incredible. It has very impressive resolution, and the lens are fully multicoated to maximize light transmission.
 
I would contact Vortex and see if there is a dealer in Australia and go check one out in person.
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I would look for a Nikon82ED Fieldscope.  It's fantastic, on par with my neighbor's old style Zeiss 85 T FL, but the Nikon has  75x on the top end, which is useable under certain conditions.  The only drawback is that the zoom has a relatively narrow FOV and marginal eye relief.  If you don't wear glasses it's probably not a big deal.  
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It just seems like those 80mm scopes would be too big for hunting. I am leaning toward the 65mm size. I want to maxe sure it fits into my x2 Eberlestock pack with tripod.
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I love my Meopta 82 with the 30-60 WA eyepiece..
Having said that..
I hear a lot of good stuff about the Nikon ED50 for a light / compact spotter
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Love my Nikon ED50 and it is my go to spotting scope for the range as well. My Pentax 80ED rarely comes out anymore.
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