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Question for Ranburr

Postby Guest on Sat Jun 11, 2005 4:24 pm

I've been reading most of the posts here and it sure seems like you hate most of the suggestions and or products people talk about on here. I guess that's why they are suggestions and everyone has their own opinions

I'd love to know you personal pics for a spotting scope, a rifle scope (for a .300) and a pair of binoculars. I'm talking real world here, not unlimited budgets.

Postby on Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:19 pm

Hi Ranburr

If you are talking about me, Joanie K, I've never put down a product on any response or answer I have given. Anything I say is based on 40+ years of using optics of all kinds and I gladly share it with our customers. If a product is not appropriate for a customers application, I say so. If there is a better product in a customer's preferred price range, I say so. That's my job as a professional. I'm not about to start telling people what they want to hear when I know it is wrong. If you want a spotting scope to score targets at 500 yards, I'm not going to tell you a $100 dpotting scope will do the job just to make a sale. That would be dishonest and unprofessional.

I will be glad to help you pick any product for a specific application if you will translate your idea of "real world" into a range of actual dollars and tell me a little more about your intended use for each.

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Postby Guest on Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:12 am

My apologies for offending you. I didn't mean to imply your professional judgement was suspect. I would still like your opinion.

Postby ranburr on Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:52 am

I gues there was some sort of misunderstanding as to who ranburr is. That would be me, I do not work for optics planet or any other optics retailer. I freely admit to being rather opiniated. It comes from experience and the search for quality optics without having unlimited funds. Thus, I really hate to waste my money on crap, nor do I like to see others disappointed with their choices. If you have plenty of money it is easy to say buy Swarovski, leica , Zeiss, etc. Unfortuneately, most people, including myself are on budgets. I will let you know what I use and consider to be a really good balance between quality and price. I really like the Zeiss Conquest line and I have six in the 3-9x40 configuration. Prices have recently gone up, but you can still find this scope for around $450 give or take $20. You really don't gain all that much without literally doubling your cost. The 3-9 is sufficient for my shooting needs and probably exceeds most shooters ability. I like the fact that it is simple and robust and you don't have to adjust for parralex. My spotting scope is a Meopta TGA 75. This is a handy collapsible model that looks just like the Swaro version. I use the 20X-60X eyepiece and I really like the way this thing breaks down into a small, sturdy container. Prices vary on this scope, $600-$850. Be sure to shop around and ask for best pricing. There are better qulity scopes out there, but they all cost well over $1,000. For binos I use Kahles 10X42s. They have clear, sharp optics that are suprisingly good in low-light conditions. Prices have also gone up on these recently but figure $600-$800 depending on where you get them. The next major step-up in quality is well over $1,000. There you have it. Those are my personal choices and I consider them all to be excellent values for what you get. Are these the only choices out there? Of course not. You can get good scopes like the Bushnell Elite 3200 & 4200, the Nikon Monarch, Docter, Burris, Leupold, and others. As far as spotting scopes, the best buys are probably the Bushnell Elites, the Nikon XLs, and Minox. As far as binos go I would feel well served with Minox, Docter, or the new Leupold Gold Rings. In my opinion these are all very good products in reasonable price ranges. I hope this helps you out.