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    Posted: March/04/2016 at 14:04
I'm looking for a new spotting scope will be my first. Would like to stay in the $1500 range
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http://swfa.com/Pentax-20-60x80-ED-Spotting-Scope-P4402.aspx


http://swfa.com/Vortex-20-60x85-Razor-HD-Spotting-Scope-P13265.aspx


These are the 2 in your price range with which I have the most experience.  Both are quite good, the Vortex has the advantage of being able to buy a fixed magnification eye piece with ranging reticle - maybe the Pentax too, not sure.  The Pentax has a very good eye piece.

If you want to save a bit, the Pentax is no slouch; if you are comfortable going over just a bit, the Razor is good.

Not knowing anything about what you plan to do with it, I can't go much further.
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Will be glassing bean fields late evenings anywhere from 400 yards to 3/4 of a mile. Also elk hunting out west
Just not sure what I need, I'd rather have to much scope than not enough. I'm flexible I can go down in price or go up I just want to stay under 2k
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I don't glass elk with spotter, maybe someone else can help with that.  I do glass in dying light and my Razer with 30X wide is a great fit for that.

Another option might be the lower mag razer, I think it is 11-30X or something like that.  It will be lighter when humping hills chasing elk, but not as bright in low light.

Everything is a trade-off.  I myself am still seeking the elusive silent 50BMG with no recoil, cheap to shoot, light weight, and compact, and accurate beyond a mile, with 30-inch barrel velocity from its 18-inch barrel.
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My dad and I have a Razor we share.  We glass a lot of elk and deer with it here in Utah.  It is a great spotter IMO.  I also have a older Meopta spotter, it is good but the eye piece on the Vortex is much superior. 
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Last year I picked up a Kowa TSN 770. It's mighty awesome... but not cheap!
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Does anyone have experience  leupold golden ring? 12-40x60 is half the weight at 37oz compared to 65oz 
on the larger scopes. Will the larger scope work off my truck window?
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Thanks I went with a Meopta
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Good, solid choice you made!
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excellent choice, the Meopta.

The Vortex you ask about is plenty good but too heavy to slog to your spot, especially the way is not clear.
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