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I would like input and from what I have read here, you guys are on top of this stuff. I will be elk and mule deer hunting in New Mexico and need a spotting scope. I donít want to break the bank but want as much for the money as possible.


What power range would you guys recommend and what brand and model offers the best for the money.


Itís not much but I would like to stay in the $300 - $350 range for a scope and tripod.


What do you guys thank???



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Most of the scope/tripod combos I have seen have tripods that are completely useless. You'd probably be much better off buying the tripod seperate.



As to reasonably high quality scopes in the $300 - $350 range, there are a few good options.


Bushnell has their Discoverer, Legend, and Trophy lines, all of which would leave a little bit of extra cash left in your budget. They all, of course, involve compromises as nothing comes free. Stretch that budget a wee bit (or do some skilled searching) and you could also get their 15-45x60 Elite, which is an awesome scope.


Nikon had a model called the Sky & Earth (sometimes called the RAII) that, although discontinued, can still be found lurking around. It is not waterproof but, has very good optics.


Leupold has their WindRiver Sequoia (which tends to get mixed reviews) and also their Gold Ring Compacts. I've owned the smallest of these Gold Ring spotters and it was great.  The larger of the two is also purported to be a pretty nice little scope. The small size of these Gold Ring products does limit some of their utility and they are, therefore, more like specialized tools but, they are great little scopes.


Vortex offers their Impact and Nomad scopes as well as their Sandpiper scope under the brand name Stokes. These guys are relative newcomers to the optics game but, they and their products are recieving very good reviews.



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okie, if your hunt will be in the mountains of NM, you DON'T want a 80 mm scope. I would get a 65 mm angled. Angled scopes need a smaller tripod. A smaller tripod is lighter.


The 50 mm Golden Ring will serve you well, but it's not angled. You could use it on a smaller tripod, while sitting, or prone by supporting the scope on a backpack. At low power they coulkd be handheld. 

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