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I hunt in South Texas and sometimes in New Mexico and Colorado.
 
I am considering the Leupold 12-40x60 in either the original or HD versions?
 
I have read good things about the Vortex Razor HD but what draws me to the Leupold is the 30mm eye relief and solid reputation of Leupold.
 
I do NOT plan to hook it up to a camera or looks for bullet holes @ 600 yards.
 
I just want a solid Spotting Scope for Hunting and judging trophies.
 
Got any other suggestions?
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I once owned an original 12-40X60.  I currently own a Razor HD.  The Razor HD is superior in every way but size, and it has quite useable eye relief as well.

That said, the FLP Leupy is an excellent scope, and the eye relief is impressive.  My hunting partner currently uses the 12-40X60 HD.  It is a very nice scope, and is really in it's element for your described uses, but when he really wants to check out a critter at a long ways, he ambles on over to my Razor HD and cranks the eyepiece up to 60.

If you are backpacking a lot, not digiscoping, and still want full-size scope performance the Leupy is hard to beat.
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Thanks - what do you mean by "FLP"?

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Leupold's 12-40X60 spotters are "Folded Light Path" spotters.  It is just a techy term for using reflective surfaces to shorten the overall length of a roof-prism spotter.
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Compact being the tie breaker Leopolds win every time.  I have bigger scopes however when it has to be carried my little 25x50mm Leopold is the one that goes with me,
 
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Coincidentally,

My buddy with the GR HD spotter was hanging out at my house today, and mentioned he is going to be getting a straight Vortex Razor HD, and getting rid of the Leupy. 
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I started out with the highly recommended Vortex Stokes Sandpiper - decent scope, the 65mm objective made it really bright, but didn't like the "Made in China" look it had or the fit and finish.
 
Sold it in favor of the Bushnell Excurion FLP. The 60mm objective wasn't quite as bright as the Stokes but there was much less edge distorion, and I liked how compact it was. 
 
Then I ran across a bargain on a new Leupold 12-40x60mm GR, and as Keith Jackson would say - " whoa Nelly".  As an eyeglass wearer, I really like the Leupy's 30mm eye relief. I have all Bogen tripods including their window mount.


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Is the HD that much better?
Leupold customer service says no if mainly looking at animals and horns.
 
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Originally posted by snuff snuff wrote:

Is the HD that much better?
Leupold customer service says no if mainly looking at animals and horns.
 


HD mostly minimizes Chromatic Aberration (CA).  My old non-HD Leupold GR FLP didn't have bothersome CA anyway.  So, in most cases HD (or ED, APO, FL, etc.) does help noticeably, but not as noticeably in the case of the Leupold GR FLP.
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Finally got to look at the Leupold Golden Ring 12-40x60 at Cabellas. I like the eye relief (30mm)which the one thing that I do not like about the Redfield Rampage (17) that I own.
 
I was reading about the new Ventana which has eye relief of 27-24mm and was curious if anyone has tried one.
 
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I'd personally be leery of the cheaper Leupold spotters.  The sequoia spotter was pretty poor.  
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