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I have just a little experience with spotters and have settled on a leupold compact; just not sure which to get, 10-20 or 15-30. Will be using for antelope out west and someday elk, caribou and hopefully sheep. Which do you think? I have a pair of leica 10x42 binos that will be with me on all hunts.
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I own a pair of Zeiss Victory 10x42 FLs and a Leupold 10-20 compact spotter.

 

I believe you will find the binos you own more usefull. The only thing the Leupold is good for IMO is for long distance tree line movement. The binos are superior within 700 to 1000 yards, dawn & dusk viewing and long duration viewing where I get a headache with the compact spotter. 

 

 

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I had the same results as noddah.  Took the Leupold 10-20 last year on a elk hunt and antelope hunt.  I did not use it much because my binoculars were better.  My main complaint was that the little spotter was too hard to hold steady due to its size and weight.  Resolution was good enough for spotting game but no where near good enough for judging game.  Its little 40mm objective only gives you a 2mm exit pupil on 20x.

 

I think that if you are going to use a spotter it has to be at least 15-45x60 and a upper end brand.  The lower end brands are OK for the range but don't have what it takes for hunting when compared to a high end binocular.  I carry the spotter in my back pack with no tripod and use my pack to rest it on, this works very well and enables me to hold it steadier than using a tripod.

 

My experience and advice since you already have an excellent bino would be to consider these or no spotter:

Leica 16-48x62

Zeiss 15-45x65

Swarovski 20-60x65

 

If you just can't justify spending the extra cash the Bushnell Elite 15-45x60 does a pretty good job.

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I have had a better experience with my Leupold compact. I own the 10-20X40 and use it as a lightweight backpacking scope.  It is definately not as bright as the bigger scopes, but it was more than adequate for the tasks at hand.  I could use it until well after legal shooting light was gone.  Clarity was great and I found that I didn't even need a tripod as bracing up against my pack, a tree, or a rock, etc. was more than stable enough to make accurate judgements of animal quality.   I have found it to be a wonderful companion to my 8X binocular, especially where size and weight are major concerns. 
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I have a Compact for sale , used it 3 times, it is like new, I just want to get a bigger spotter otherwise a nice scope.

sell it for 230.00 shipped

 

 

  Thanks kenner

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