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I just purchased a flloor model Leupold 12-40x60 spotting scope for $125.00. I have a nikon 16-48x60 XL. Going to sell one of them. Which scope is the best of the two. I mostly will be using it on pronghorn hunts
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If the leupold is the HD model keep it for sure. If not I imagine they are pretty close with the leupold being slightly better optically. I would sell both and buy a nikon ED50 body and the 13-40x eyepiece. model #7467.Yippee 
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You bought a Leupold 12-40x60 Golden Ring for $125?   That is an absolute total bloody STEAL!!!  Why can't I ever find stuff like that. 

The Leupold, even if it's not the new HD model, is far and away better than the Nikon Spotter XL.  And while I really like the Nikon ED 50 mentioned by mikerabe, I would not be willing to sell that Leupold to get one. 
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A lot depends on how much hiking will be done. The nikon is lighter and easier pack than the Leupold. (easy to lash to the outside of a pack). I will disagree that the leupold is FAR better optically than the nikon. It may be better but the nikon xl is a pretty solid and simple design with pretty darn good optics up to about 35-40x. 

I still stand by my original opinion on the little stunning Nikon ED50. As good or better than the leupold (non HD) optically and lighter and smaller. Hippie
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Think I will keep the Leupold and sell the Nikon. I don't see much difference in the optics but I wear glasses and the Leupold seems to have a larger field of view.
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Good choice. 

FWIW, the Leupold does indeed have a wider FoV as well as a lot better eye relief. 
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