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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/13/2007 at 21:24
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I am wanting a spotting scope for viewing deer at ranges from a hundred yards to a full mile, but I don't want to spend alot of money on one. $150 at most. I've been looking at the RedHead Pursuit 18-36x50 Spotting Scope, the 15-60x60 Winchester Spotting Scope, and the Burris 12-24x50 Spotting Scope, and the Bushnell Trophy 20-50X50mm Spotting Scope. I don't know what power I need to to view up to a mile. If someone could tell me that it would help alot. I know Burris makes good products but I'm afraid it will not be powerful enough. I don't know much about the winchester besides it has the biggest zoom, but is it a good scope? The other 2 I think would be good also but I don't know if they are powerful enough. If any of you can help I would greatly appreciate it.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/14/2007 at 08:32
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1) It is clarity, not magification you need.  If it is not clear then it is just big and fuzzy. You end up waisting both time and money for some thing you are lucky to give away.


2) Price a good brand camera filter like a Hoya MC and see how much it cost for one piece of good glass and then look at your scopes again. They are no bargin.


3) I respect the needs of people with small budgets.  I am saying that you need to refine you goals better; like defining "seeing." I can see deer, on a good day, 3/4 of a mile away with the naked eye.  Now, is it a buck or a doe? How many points? Then we get into glass.


4) Take a look at the sample list or look for a used Nikon or Pentax scope.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/14/2007 at 12:51
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shotgunman: silver gave you a great advice. I will go even further: For $150 it would be better to get a good quality 10x42 or 10x50 binocular.

I suggest this one: ular.aspx


If you don't see deer at one mile away, it is always cheaper to move yourself 500 yards than to get premium optics. 

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/14/2007 at 16:21
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I definately concur with the advise you've already been given.


If you already have a reasonably high quality binocular like the one suggested above, you might want to consider one of the various friction-fit "doublers"  rather than a regular spotting scope.


The Bushnell, and Eagle doublers actually multiply the image by 2.5x, making a 10x binocular into a small 25x spotting scope.  The Vortex is a true 2x doubler offering you a 20x spotting scope. I have the Bushnell doubler and am very pleased with its performance.  It is very useful braced up against a tree or daypack and when you mount the binocular+doubler combo to a tripod, it becomes a really sweet little optic. I haven't personally handled the Vortex or Eagle models but, they both come from good companies so; I would be willing to at least give them a shot.

  • The Bushnell Elite doubler costs around $160.  Just like the Elite binocular it includes  Bushnell's XTR coating, PC-3 phase corrected Bak-4 prisms, fully multi-coated optics, and is fully waterproof, fogproof, etc.
  • The Vortex doubler costs around $130
  • The Eagle doubler currently is on sale for about $90

I would personally rather be limited to just my binocular + doubler rather than waste the $$$ on a mediocre,  under-$150,  budget-class scope.   With doubler in hand you can accomplish your desired task of seeing deer well past a mile and then save your money toward the purchase of a good, high-quality, full-size spotting scope.  


In fact, this is exactly what I am doing right now. 

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