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Hey everyone,
 
I'd like to get your feedback/opinions on ifyou use a spotting scope in the field?
Obviously the benefits are clear when sighting in at 200yds+, but when you're out here hunting, do you use one and if so, for what hunts (terrain, animal, etc...).
 
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The spotting scope I have used the most in the field is Leupold's Gold Ring and later on, HD 12-40.
Long eye relief for folks who wear glasses (me) and has an awesome field of view.
There is better glass out there for sure, but this scope has never let me down.
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I'd say it's all up to the individual and what you are trying to do.  Can you accomplish the same things with a high power scope or binos?  Sure, but a good spotting scope on a quality tripod will give you a steadier and less fatiguing viewing experience.  If you are on a hunt that requires you to glass large areas at some long distances it can be nice to select a nice spot in cover, get as comfortable as you can and glass away.
 
Something to consider is how much size and weight do you want to hump out in the field?  Again, that's something that only you can decide.  Some will say a scope with an objective of 60 - 65 mm is the way to go, other will say 80 - 85 mm.
 
Look through as many as you can, think about what's involved with packing it out in the field etc.
 
Don't forget about investing in a good set of tripod legs and a quality head.  You can go cheap and end up with a tripod that will barely hold your scope and wobble or you can bite the preverbial bullet and buy once, cry once and get a good tripod.  You can get a very nice Manfrotto setup for around $300 - 350.  If you want to go really light weight, but still strong you can go way above that.
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