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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 ... black.html

36x may be the minimal that will help you ID the cars.

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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