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300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby fballfan on Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:08 am

I'm in the market for a spotting scope for 300 yard range use. The scope may see some limited use on vacations being used as a general observation scope and digi scoping. In these later cases either a tripod or window mount would be used. At the shooting range, it's possible that a specialized shooting bench attached scope mounting system would be used. There's also a slim chance that the scope would see some field use in upcoming western hunts... however, I realize that a more compact and lighter scope may be better for this use.

I've taken the time to read through the posts that relate to this intended use. It seems that the Bushnell 20-60x80 elite ED glass scope and the Brunton 20-60x80 ED scopes are highly recommended for sub $1000 investment scopes. I'd like to get an opinion on how newer Celestron Regal scopes fit into this list. Specifically, I'm looking at the Celestron Regal 80 F-ED with 20-60x80, and the Regal 100 F-ED with 22-67x100.

Overall, I'd like to get an opinion on which of these four scopes might be best for my intended use. Obviously the Celestron Regal 100 would likely give me better performance than the Regal 80. However, if the Regal 100 is overkill for my intended use, I'd rather not spend the extra money. The bonus would be not having a scope that’s quite as large and heavy. I realize that environmental factors play heavily into scope performance at 300 yards... for the sake of argument, let just say that I shoot all year long in various weather conditions here in Wisconsin.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Re: 300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby fballfan on Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:12 am

Sorry, I forgot to include this in my first post... I had mentioned the possibility of using a window mount with this scope for infrequent vacation use. I'm wondering if the scopes I mention are too heavy to be used with window mounts?
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Re: 300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby Jne_K on Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:09 pm

Hi

Sorry about the late answer, but I have been away for some time

Yes, the Regal would certainly make the list. I was quite pleased by the optics in my test and the ability to use standard telescope eyepieces is also a big plus in terms of versatility. No, construction quality is not up to the Bushnell or the Brunton, but optics are there.

Be careful on that size. The 80mm Regal is all you need for 300 yard work and an 80mm is doable on a window mount, but marginal on a shooter's/bench tripod. No one makes a good heavy bench tripod, even for an 80mm scope. Forget any 100mm scope on anything but a full size, heavy-duty tripod.
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Re: 300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby treeguys on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:51 pm

Jne K,

What is the difference in optical quality would I notice between the Celestron Regal 100mm and the Regal 80mm? I would think that you have had a chance to compare the two side by side. Does the 100mm version offer enough from the optical standpoint (brightness, clarity) to warrant the extra money? BTW, the scope I am looking for will be stationary most of the time so weight/size will not be an issue. Anyone else who has used these scopes please do weigh in!
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Re: 300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby Jne_K on Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:25 am

Hi

No, have not had a chance to test the 100mm Regal, but I can safely predict that you will see an increase in brightness and also resolution, simply based on the laws of optics. Not always safe to assume this when comparing different models, but in this case all else is equal.

Is it worth it to you? Only you can answer that, of course, but, personally, I see no big advantage for most daytime work with the 100mm, unless you are right at the limit of resolution for very fine detail work like target shooting or long-distance birding. For casual work, I'd go with the 80. On the other hand, if you plan to do astronomy, the 100mm will definitely get you more performance.

Just a reminder: you will have to spend more money to also get a tripod to support the 100mm. Not going to happen on a lightweight or cheap tripod. Just be sure to budget extra for the tripod if you go with the 100mm.
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Re: 300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby treeguys on Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:37 pm

Jne K,

Based on what you just stated, I do believe the 100mm will offer us enough increased performance to warrant it's purchase. Thank you for your prompt response!
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Re: 300 Yard Scopes Revisited

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:35 am

You are very welcome and thanks for the great questions. Happy New Year
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