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I am looking for a great backpack hunting scope for sheep. Need to downsize a little. I was looking at the Vortex Nomad at a show this winter and I liked the looks of it. But things look different in the big country than a expo center. I am also interested in the hunting version Bushnell elite 20X60X70. These scopes are similar in size and weight. I like the angled eyepiece of the Nomad over the elite, but the elite has a track record and bigger objective. This scope will be carried in a pack 80% of the time so weight is important. The elite 15X45X60 also looks very good at the small size. Does anybody who has used these scopes or owns any of these scopes have any advice? I have read a handfull of posts about these scopes by people who are giving opinions. I would like to hear from some people with on the ground experience with these scopes.
Thanks in advance for replies,
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Here is a review of the 60mm Elite that pretty much sums up my opinion of it.

Originally posted by Paul
Neess Paul Neess wrote:

While backpacking and camping, the Elite 60mm spotting scope has been a steady companion for me during the last 5 years. This tough little scope has all the necessary features for the big game hunter or backpacker. It is very compact, quite slender, and lightweight for a 60mm (only 26 ounces). While there are a couple scopes that might be a bit better optically, they will either be much more expensive or considerably heavier. For me, this scope has been an ideal match of size, performance and cost. Mine has led a tough life over the course of many hunts/hikes and has not let me down. Exposed to rain or snow on many occasions, it has never fogged or leaked.

A fellow guide and friend had an interesting experience with this scope. Returning to camp one evening in November on horseback, his Elite fell out of his saddlbag [sic] and into some snowy sagebrush. After many hours of fruitless searching in the snow, he gave it up and later ended up buying another Elite. The following year he hunted the same camp, and was able to find the scope still lying in the sagebrush. It was perfectly fine despite going through a long Idaho winter. He and his son still use the scopes today.

Edited by lucznik - April/27/2008 at 18:25
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I have the B Elite 15x45 60mm.  I used it for 3 years until I bought my Swaro 65mm.  Now in comparison, it is not near the optical quality and the focus knob on mine is very tight, but for the $$ and given it's size I would say it is a very good scope and an excellent value.  The rubber coating, caps, and the case in comes with make it a very durable and easy to pack set-up. 
My co-worker who has been bitten by the Sheep hunting bug, drew a tag in the Frank Church Wilderness here in Idaho last year, purchased one of the Nikon 50mm spotters.  It has ED glass and weighs just under 17oz, which is about 10oz less than my Bushnell.  I would check that out, at $700 it might be worthwhile. 
One last note on the light weight scopes.  They are much easier to use effectively with a light weight tripod, as the heavier scope are hard for them to handle effectively.  If you can't save substantial weight I'd consider a serious investment in excellent quality glass.
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