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I'll be spending some time in a part of Arizona that has produced record trophy Bighorn Sheep and not too far from that same with elk. I am wanting to spend some time doing some prehunt private mapping and photography for the lucky hunters that drawed for these hunts. I have about $1700 to spend on binos,
scope and tripod. I have Zen ED 10x43 now, I like them but my style is much more handholding than tripod so for binos I am thinking of new Zen Ray ED2 7x36 then for a scope it must be digital SLR capable. I am thinking a Nikon, Minox or Pentax 65 mm objective (80mm?) ED glass and a 15x45 range zoom eyepiece. Any experienced suggestions would be appreciated.  
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If you will be digiscoping with an slr, you may need a bigger objective(80mm+), so you can increase your shutter speeds.  You don't necessarily need a slr eyepiece adapter for your scope.  You could use a 50mm-80mm lens and shoot right through the spotting scope eyepiece, with a proper adapter.  I have had good results digiscoping with my SLR through my Vortex Razor HD in this manner.  The new Zen Ray spotter is a similar setup, for $500 less.


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I have the ZEN ED 2 7x36.  It will do a nice job, it is a very nice glass.  Another option in that price point I'd gladly take hunting is the new Theron Wapiti APO-ED in 8x42.  Matt and I have both reviewed that glass here.  The big differences are the ZEN has a wider fov and better depth of focus,  The Wapiti has less fov, but is sharper at the edge and appears brighter due to a cooler color bias.
 
I'd also suggest an 80mm scope if you want to seriously get into digiscoping.  I'm going to be trying that myself pretty soon.  Also with that in mind, get ED glass in the spotter.  Be sure to not scrimp on a tripod and head either.  A good solid mount and easy to use head will get you more from a lesser scope than a expensive scope on a less than desirable tripod setup.
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Thsnkd Steve, yes I hear you about the tripod, I have been wondering about going with the 80mm sounds best. I'll look at those 8x you mention I do like the weight of the Zen 7x though, I just can't see packing the 10x zens if I am packing the 80mm scope. Very excited about this as I will be in real trophy country.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

If you will be digiscoping with an slr, you may need a bigger objective(80mm+), so you can increase your shutter speeds.  You don't necessarily need a slr eyepiece adapter for your scope.  You could use a 50mm-80mm lens and shoot right through the spotting scope eyepiece, with a proper adapter.  I have had good results digiscoping with my SLR through my Vortex Razor HD in this manner.  The new Zen Ray spotter is a similar setup, for $500 less.


good to hear as I was loking at the Zen Ray also Nikon has affordable fast 50mm lenses as well sounds like the way to go. Doesn't have to be National Geo perfect just document the trophy. 
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