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Terrestrial spotting scopes

Postby swm on Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:58 pm

Hello,
A few years ago I bought a scope for my job which is transmission engineering and surveying. It disappeared so I need to buy another. The purpose would be to look at far away sites to distinguish line of site. A scenario would be out in the desert on a mountaintop looking 20-30 miles away at another site that could be lower in elevation. Granted it depends on visibility but for if it was a favorable day, I would like to distinguish a tower and square building. I don't need to read writing on the wall but would like to make out a tower and square building. In the past our geographic software has said line of sight exists when in reality there was a small hill in the path where I had to have crews install antennas at a higher elevation on the tower then what the software specified. I have looked at Konus and Yukon scopes since there were a couple good reviews. Basically in the 300-600 price range, and able to pick out structures at long distance and see decent quality within shorter distances. Any recommendations are appreciated.

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Re: Terrestrial spotting scopes

Postby Jne_K on Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:53 am

You get what you pay for in a spotting scope, relative to other spotting scopes. There are no shortcuts. I strongly advise you to get into the $500 range, rather than even the $300 range. A Vortex Skyline, Alpen 788 or a Celestron Regal 80mm. Any of these will outperform a Konus or Yukon and offer better build quality as well, but then, they are more expensive scopes, too.
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Re: Terrestrial spotting scopes

Postby swm on Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:38 pm

Thanks for the reply. The last one I bought from optics planet was between 500-600 so I don't have a problem with that. I will look at the ones you suggested. The reason I saw the other ones is that they had 100mm instead of the 80mm I had before.
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Re: Terrestrial spotting scopes

Postby Jne_K on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:38 am

I understand. Lens quality, though, on a spotting scope, is more important than raw lens size and 100mm class lenses also make for a bigger heavier scope in the field and also require you to spend more on a tripod that can adequately handle the larger size and weight. Unless you are setting up in a fixed location, the trade-offs favor the smaller scope. Besides, with two scopes at the same price, which do you think will have the better lens, the 80 mm or the 100 mm?
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