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Anyone have any personal experience with one of these?  I have been looking for a compact, lightweight spotter and had pretty much settled on the gold ring HD but this little guy looks interesting.  Plus the ranging reticle would be a nice option for calling adjustments.

What is the glass like?  Anything it compares to? 

Any info would be appreciated.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/05/2011 at 11:19
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I did read through Ilya's article. Very good as always. I have not tried three of the five spotters referenced but I did own the Minox 50 mm and currently own the Nikon ED 50 A. I would certainly recommend the Minox as the "budget choice" as they can be found for as little at $180 online. It is very well made with good overall fit and finish. The optics were acceptable but not impressive.
 
The Nikon is in an entirely different league optically in my opinion. Since Ilya's review Nikon did introduce the 16x wide angle eyepiece (70 degrees apparent field of view) which has very good eye relief. With this combination the optical performance is simply addicting. The field of view is huge, the image is flat and the sweet spot is LARGE. The image is wonderfully bright and very sharp. There really isn't anything not to like about it. I used it twice in the last two weeks for hunting and it did very, very well. I had been using a shoulder-mount and find it incredibly easy and convenient to use for this application. The only downside? Well, you can find the Nikon ED 50 and ED 50 angled bodies for around $350-$400 but the 16x wide angle eyepiece can cost almost $200-$300...if you can find it.
 
Keep in mind that Nikon also has a very nice 13x/20x/25x (ED 50 mm/ 65 mm Fieldscope III/ ED82) eyepiece as well. The field of view is a little narrower than the previously mentioned model at 60 degrees vs 70 but is still considered wide angle in the grand scheme of things. With this eyepiece the image is still very sharp and very bright with a respectable sweetspot. It can be found for as little as $50. This would be my second choice but certainly worthy of consideration.
 
Just some things to think about depending on your price restrictions.
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Thanks for the info guys.  I really want a compact spotter with a ranging reticle which is why I was hoping the Rekon would get some good reviews.  I may be out of luck though.

I will read all this info and keep up the search.

Thanks again.

Scot
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I also have an ED50.  I dont have a fixed eyepiece for it ... yet.  I have both zooms and much prefer the MCII zoom (13-40) over the MC zoom (13-30).
I have also used the Minox MD50 and Leupold 15-30X50 GR spotter and tend to agree that it is the Minox is a hair better than the Leupy, but both are pretty far behind the ED50, IMO.  Both the Minox and Leupold show some CA and have less contrast than the ED50.
 
I am not aware of any compact spotter with a ranging reticle, other than the Recon.
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One option may be the Bushnell Exursion FLP tactical. I believe SWFA has them and they come with a mil hash reticle. Not quite as compact as its a 60mm and the folding light path design.

Edited by motts - December/06/2011 at 00:52
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