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Will Higher Power Produced the Desired Results

Postby ESPY on Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:07 pm

My situation. The target area I need to observe is about 1.25 KM away and 8 feet wide and sits between a 1 story house and trees on side and behind. Whole open area is about 40 ft by 40 ft with no over head obstruction, A large bush in front is what cuts my viewing area to 8 ft. My objective is be able to identify what kind of vehicle is parking in the target area. I currently have a pair of Budhnell powerview 16X50 biniculars; at night with moon light I can only determine if it is a light or dark colored vehicle. The area I am viewing from is secluded and I have room for a tripod. I do not have a lot of cash.
My questions are:
1. What power do I need to go to to be able to identify a car?
2. Will the low cost end binoculars-spotting-scopes.html]barska/ etc)provide me the clarity I need? If not, what are the least expensive optics recommended?
3. Will binoculars or a spotting scope be the better tool for this?
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Re: Will Higher Power Produced the Desired Results

Postby ET on Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:14 am

Go for the spotting scope. I had that exact 16x50 powerview, one of the worst pairs I have had. Cant believe you can make such a bad porro pair. Nikon Action 10x50 get you more detail.

Scopes will cost money but there are some pairs worth looking into.255 dollars will get you
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-le ... black.html

36x may be the minimal that will help you ID the cars.
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Re: Will Higher Power Produced the Desired Results

Postby Jne_K on Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:44 am

I agree. You really need the magnification potential of a spotting scope for that distance and for that work, you'll need to spend around $200 to get the kind of performance needed. Try the Celestron Ultima 80, for instance.
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