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Harsh conditions/ Low light

Postby jmcarr63 on Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:40 am

Joanie,
I am a swamper of sorts. Birding in Florida has its pleasures on the shore but, its a little tough inland. I deal with 100 plus degrees temp and 100 percent humidity especially at sunset or just after. I have been looking for 100mm objective with zoom from about 10 to 30. Weatherproof is a necessity. Hard use on a tripod over the shoulder through palmettos and such is daily. My cost category is less than 500 for the scope. Help !!
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Re: Harsh conditions/ Low light

Postby Jne_K on Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:43 am

Hi

Don't sucker for the 100mm scope myth at that price. Optical quality is everything in a spotting scope - use that $500 to get a better quality 80mm scope, not a big 100mm scope and $500 will only get you a mediocre 100mm scope. Also, I would never advise a 100mm scope for carrying over the shoulder. It's not worth the extra weight and size. A good 80mm scope will do everything and more than a mediocre 100mm scope. For that price, I would look at the Celestron Regal 80ED - optics are very good for the price. In this price range include the Vortex Skyline and the Alpen 788are also good choices.
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