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Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby Moty4 on Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:08 pm

I'm looking to replace a Barska] 20-60-60 scope, which isn't very crisp at any magnification unless fairly close. I use it to watch ships in the harbor, and the mountains. Am I asking too much for around $100 price? Anything out there that will do a better job?
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Re: Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby PhilR. on Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:23 pm

The low-end Barskas I've looked through were pretty bad. I know that the $69 Simmons that you can get at your local Wal-Mart is better than those Barskas. Problem is - I don't know which model Barska you have (some aren't too bad), so I can't tell you for sure if the Simmons is better. You could get one, and if you don't like it, you can take it back. I keep one in the workshop, and it's performance is pretty much the same as my Bushnell that costs twice as much.

You might look at the article below. It seems that the 50mm Yukon did decently well -- well enough to do what you are wanting.

http://www.birdwatching.com/optics/2009 ... _main.html
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Re: Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:56 am

Hi

Hate to be a stick-in-the-mud, but you are asking a lot of any $100 spotting scope if you expect good optics. I would at least try to get up to the $200 mark if you expect a reasonable return on your money in terms of optics, not to mention construction as well as quality control. A Celestron Ultima 80, for instance, will definitely be a better choice for your application than a $100 60mm scope and is well worth saving to get.
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Re: Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby rmel66 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:28 am

Why not go for a Celestron C70 Maksutov? This scope has been favorably reviewed elsewhere and will allow (with included adapter) the use of any of several hundred 1.25" astro eyepieces and importantly is in your price range.

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Re: Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby Jne_K on Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:29 am

That is a very useful feature, true, but, keep in mind that even a budget grade telescope will cost around $40 for just one.
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Re: Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby Moty4 on Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:14 am

Thanks everyone for all the input. My Barska is model CO10866, and I only paid
about $65. for it. It's my first scope. It's good for things that are closer....it does a good job with wildlife in the yard, etc. Would just like to see the distance a little crisper. Sounds like I coud do better.
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Re: Best All Purpose spotting scope for around $100

Postby Jne_K on Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:47 am

Hi

You are very welcome.

Just keep in m,ind that all spotting scopes lose image quality as magnification goes up, but you lose image quality sooner with a cheaper scope than an expensive scope. That's what the price is all about on a spotting scope. Just a matter of how much you can spend, but even a $200 scope will be an improvement over what you have, now. Still, if that little scope has served you well, it was money well spent. Not everyone can afford to plunk down two grand on a spotting scope.
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