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I'm looking to buy a spotting scope capable of resolving .223 holes in paper at 200 yards. The area in which the targets will be placed is rather shady. I think for my use case I'd prefer an angled eyepiece.
Rather than state a specific budget, let me just say that I'd like to spend as little as possible while meeting my needs.
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I have no problem withh .223 holes at 200 yds using a Bushnell Elite 20-60x80
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There are some pretty good spotters for reasonable prices that should meet your needs.  Check out the Bushnell Excursion ED FLP models.
 
Come to think of it, my dad's old (1970's) Bushnell Spacemaster has resolved bullet holes at that distance.  You might be able to find a used one for a song. 
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I can see .223 holes at 200 yards with an Alpen 788, especially with color splash targets.

I bought the Alpen as an interim solution until I could get a Celestron Regal ED or Brunton Eterna, but it has done so well I'm in no hurry to upgrade now.

Whatever you get, I recommend as sturdy a tripod as you can handle.
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