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First of all I hunt in the wide open sandhills of the midwest along with a few tree groves and valleys. I'm stepping up my optics this year, a Zeiss 3-9x40 scope and a pair of Zen Ray 7x36 ED2's.  Now I need the final piece, something to glass deer at several yards.  I'm looking for great glass that will help me judge racks and pick out bucks worth going after.

Here's the kicker, I have tremors so something handheld but at high power is shaking pretty bad.

Can you recommend a great compact spotting scope, something with good eye relief?  Or a great pair of higher power binoculars.

I'm thinking about the Leupold 7-12x32 switch powers or the 10-17 switch powers and then a tripod.

I was looking through my 10x42 Leupolds today and the image doesn't seem that much closer than my 7x36's.   Is it even worth a 3rd pair of binocs??
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A good spotting scope on a good tripod will do what you want. Price is the key. What price range are you looking at?
 
Not knowing that answer yet I would still probably suggest the Pentax 65 ED II spotter. You can get the body itself for as low as $425 on at least one internet site. Since it accepts any 1.25 inch eyepiece your choices are endless. Choose a fixed power wide angle eyepiece or any of a number of zoom eyepieces currently available. The 65 EDII is compact for a 65 mm scope and fairly lightweight at under 40 ounces.
 
Another scope option would be the Nikon Fieldscope 50 mm. A little more expensive and not as big of a selection of eyepieces but optically excellent, very compact and lightweight.
 
Lastly I hear some very good things about the Minox 13x56 binoculars. Short of dropping some serious money on a Swaro 15x56 I have seen the Minox  being referenced as one of the best choices for "Big Eye" binoculars.  I noticed where SWFA had one on their samplelist for $380. That is a killer price compared to what they sell for new.
 
...and don't forget the cost of a new tripod for either of the options. A good one is essential for long distance glassing.
 
Hope this helps


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Originally posted by Toy4Two Toy4Two wrote:

Is it even worth a 3rd pair of binocs??
 
Since this is the Binoculars Forum I can say YES without hesitation.
 
I'd much rather use 2 eyes through 'another' binocular, than 1 eye through a spotting scope.
(I also own a Celestron C5 spotting scope with 7 eyepieces).
 
If you combine the cost of  another high power binocular, along with the cost of a tripod & head, plus a tripod adapter to mount it on, you might as well give some consideration to the Canon Image Stabilizer 12x36 binoculars instead. Just a thought.
 
 


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Quote Here's the kicker, I have tremors so something handheld but at high power is shaking pretty bad.


I'd suggest the Canon 10x30 IS stabilized binos. They offer very good optics and the stabilization really does a good job of minimizing the shakes.
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I'm with FrankD.....get yourself a good spotter and you're done.  If you've got $1000 to spend get the Leupold GR HD 15-45x60, as it is the king of eye relief and toughness.  I'd pass on the switch power binocs...not a good bino at all. 


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Those Canon IS binoculars are remarkable at steadying an image.
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Cornhuster;; I have to disagree with what you have and what you are using.. I used to do the same thing but have changed my entire picture...i have purchased the Leica 10x42 brf..use the window mount and been entirely satisified with this picture..i paid more for them but by the time i purcahse all the cheaper stuff, find out if does not work, just spend the bucks once and be happy.  SWFA has proved to me that you can buy good mdse at more than reasonable prices. i am 63 and headed for Wyo goat hunting and looking forward to it with my Leica. i can;t walk as far as i used to and a lot slower so the weight of the Leica does not bother me..

 Think about it...saves me a lot of money.. i been so happy, i have set my boys up with the same settup.. JW from Colorado
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Hi Toy4,

The downside to a spotter is that it needs a tripod, which doubles the size and weight, plus it is not silent or quick to set up.
If that is ok for you, I can endorse the little Nikon 50, excellent optics and very compact, mates well with a Velbon Luxi tripod, overall package with head around 5 pounds. You could just use a Gorillapod and set it on a branch or rail,of course, but finding one when you need it may be a problem.
You might instead look at the Canon IS binocs that have been suggested repeatedly. I have the 10x42ISLs, wonderful optics, best performing 10x glass around imo, but you need more power to appraise possible trophies, so their 18x50IS would serve your turn.
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