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Zen-Ray 20-60x80 Sedona Spotting Scope Zen-Ray 20-60x80 Sedona Spotting Scope
Stock # - ZEN2060X80A
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  • Angled
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I have still yet to decide on a decent spotter.  I know that ZenRay has some favorable binos and I have a set on the way to test drive and I am sure I will be impressed.  Has anyone used their Spotters.  I know that you get what you pay for but i will never use a spotter for game or anything else besides actual range use.  I do use ShootNC targets when i am 300yds or beyond and think that a decent vs highend spotter may suffice for what I am doing.  All I really wanna be able to do is confirm hits. Maybe maybe if or when i get into competitions i will look at higher end. Again i know nothing about spotters and this thing will mainly be used in high humitity and average to high temps.  I hear atmospheric conditions will play a role.  Any helpful info is greatly appreciated. Now when I shoot at targets 500 or beyond they are reactive so I know by looking or listening and I dont' need to see as clearly.  I have gongs/steel plates or milk jugs/ 2liter botles of water that report by noise or visual 
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I am curious about the Zen Ray spotters as well.
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I ordered an angled Zen-Ray Sedona spotter from SWFA, but was unable to check it out because the hole in the mounting base that secures it to a tripod was incorrectly cut and it wouldn't mount. I returned it for refund and bought a Vortex Skyline 80 (non-ED) locally, but it had such heavy chromatic aberration I registered my concerns with Vortex Optics, who was kind enough to send me the ED version of the Skyline 80 to check out and see if I wanted to go in that direction.

Unfortunately, the Skyline 80 ED Vortex sent me was from their "demo B" inventory (if that was demo B, I would hate to see demo C) and was in such shape that I didn't even take it to the range. But I did compare it out my bedroom window to the non-ED Skyline while I still had both, and the CA was somewhat less but still evident in the ED version.

So I went from a <200$ spotter tainted with poor quality control (the Zen-Ray) to a $450 spotter that was not satisfactory for my needs  (to see .223 holes in a Shoot-N-C target at 200 yards) to a $750 ED-class spotter that looked to me like it hadn't held up very well. I am at present spotterless, but hopefully a little wiser. You really do get what you pay for. I wasn't completely sold on that concept, but I am now.

One other thing: my experience was that any 80mm spotting scope will require a very sturdy tripod, so there's a few more pounds to carry around.
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Me too, I need a new spotting scope and will consider the Zen-ray because if their bins are as great as this thread has been raving, they should make great performance-value scopes, too; so my mind tells me.  I know I've never been happy with my Nikon and I wasn't going to fork out for the Swarovsky that impressed.   
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