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FrankD posted this on another forum.  I thought it would be of interest here as well.

 

Originally posted by FrankD FrankD wrote:

For you folks with an interest in or who are shopping for spotting

scopes I just noticed this link from the EO website....

http://www.livingbird.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=272&srcid=265#top

A pdf copy of the results is here....

http://www.livingbird.org/netcommunity/bbimages/lb/pdf/ScopeChart2008.pdf

 

Of interest to me was the inclusion of the Bushnell Elite in the "mid-priced ($1000-1500)" category when I've never seen it sell for anything more than $700. I suppose that's Bushnell's fault for listing MSRPs that are just ridiculously out of whack with their products' actual real-world price points. (I've never seen anyone do this nearly as blatantly as Bushnell always has.)

Also of note were the fairly damning comments about the Vortex Skyline series as well as the equally high praise given to the Stokes Sandpiper.

I'm not sure I agree with everything the author posted but, I was certainly pleased to finally read a review where honest opinions were shared as opposed to the watered-down, always complimentary, virtual advertisements we normally get to read.

Bravo Cornell and Living Bird.



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Good read, lucznik!  A few rather surprising conclusions.
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The best budget result was something called a Vortex Sandpiper.  Wjat among the SWFA choices is that most similar to?
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Perhaps the Vortex Nomad.

Other options might include:

Bushnell Elite
Bushnell Legend
Nikon Prostaff
Nikon Spotter XLII
Pentax PF63





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I found another apparently useful head-to-head comparison at http://www.snipercountry.com/InReviews/SpottingScopes.asp
What makes using the two head-to-head sets of reviews really frustrating is that there don't seem to be any spotting scopes in common.
 
SWFA apparently doesn't carry the vortex/stokes sandpiper, carrying only non-Stokes Vortex products, as far as I can see.  SWFA apparently carries the  Bushnell Spacemaster, which seemed to be a "best buy" on the second head-to head test.  It would be great if there were a way to link the two tests.
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The snipercountry article you link to is very old (written over 6.5 years ago.)  Much has changed since then in spotting scopes.  For example the Nikon Spotter XL the article refers to has since been upgraded to the Spotter XL II and then discontinued in favor of Nikon's new Prostaff spotting scope.  
 
I'm pretty sure the Swift Panther, Burris Signature,  and Kowa 612 are also discontinued scopes. This is probably one reason why the two articles don't have any scopes in common. 
 
The information in that article is, therefore, only good for gaining an historical perspective, not really as a comparative tool for current market offerings. 
 
 


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Good post, but i'm still waiting for a review on the new bushnell spotter.
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lucytuma,
 
I think you might be waiting for awhile.  Bushnell has yet to release it and even when they do, someone still has to buy one and then be kind enough to post their review.
 
 
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 Vortex is one of the best producers of spotting scopes that I had experience with. I would strongly recommend for anyone interested. I like the combination of ergonomic design, performance, ruggedness and great value. While other producers claim the latest technologies and innovations, continue in the tradition of Vortex brand with its attention to detail, proven functionality and unbeatable price to usability ratio. Whatever your application, when looking for a good riflescope - don't count out the good ole Vortex. If looking for a good selection at a reasonable price, several online stores carry them in stock, but I found the best service at - they have in depth product detail, pictures, comparisons and reviews. Check them out if just for product research.




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Wow, talk about digging up old threads.  This baby is almost two years old!


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