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I need a spotter for target shooting (200 yds max) and general viewing.  I don't think I'd ever need over 30X.  I wear glasses and have a hard time seeing through most spotters because of the short eye relief.  I've found that 18mm is about the minimum I can use comfortably.  I'll spend $600 or so.  Rather than try and search through all the specs, I tlhought maybe somebody was using something they could recommend.  Thanks!
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To meet your requirements you probably should look to models with fixed eyepieces.  The ones that come to mind initially are:
  • Nikon ED50 (body only) and then pick up the 27x fixed eyepiece.  (This might be a little over your stated budget.)
  • Pentax PF65 (or PF 65 II) coupled an XW eyepiece (or with any other standard 1.25" eyepiece on the market.)  You could even do this one in stages; buying the body and an inexpensive eyepiece first and then upgrading the eyepiece when it's feasible for your budget.



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The 66 mm Kowa scopes, with a 25x LER (long eye relief) eyepiece (over 30 mm of eyerelief). About $700. 
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I'd take a good look at Pentax PF65ED spotters with one of their excellent fixed magnification eyepieces.

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How about something a bit less than 600?  For another glasses wearer.

 

 

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I pretty much decided that if I was going to get anything less than $600 I was going to have to take my glasses off to use it, especially over 20X.  Maybe somebody else has seen something that will work.
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You should still be able to swing the Pentax PF65 body and a fixed mag eyepiece for ~$600. 

Bushnell recently came out with a new Excursion spotting scope.  It's a folded light path scope similar to the Leupold Gold Ring. It costs $320 for the 15-45x60 and $400 for the 20-60x80. No one I know has seen it yet (it's too new) but it incorporates ED glass and has super-long eye relief.  It would at least be worth looking at. 
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just ordered vixen geoma 67A with ghl48t eyepiece.   That set me back about 300.00.
 
 
From what I am hearing, the geoma for 300.00 probably should NOT have included the eyepiece.  I think the vendor made a mistake when they included the eyepiece.
 
I am not complaining as I have not found the eyepiece for under 200.00.  Looks like I got a bargain.
 
 


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