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Best spotting scope for birding

Postby puffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff on Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:31 pm

I have looked at a lot of information on spotting scopes. Money is not particulay an issue. My selections this far are Ziess or Kowa. I do not want to consider Swaro (snob issue). From an experience perspective, on your use, what scope would be best (in your opine) for digiscoping in Texas Hill Country and New Mexico along the Rio Grande. This seems to be complicated and before I hit the go button with optic planet, I would like one or two more recons.

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LW
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Re: Best spotting scope for birding

Postby PhilR. on Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:20 pm

The big 800-series Kowa Prominar w/ED lens is considered by many to be the best spotter you can get. Since money is no object, your search has ended.

Should be a good spring Bluebonnet bloom in the Hill Country this year.....
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Re: Best spotting scope for birding

Postby Jne_K on Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:14 am

Hi

I wish I could tell you that I have tested a spotting scope the best, across the board, in all optical and mechanical categories, but I can't, and , believe me, I have tested them all on test targets. That said, if I had to pick one, just for myself, money no object, the Kowa 883 would be at or very nearly at the top of my list. Hard for me to see how a spotting scope can get any better, in terms of optics, but, darn it all, a Leica HD, a Swarovski HD and so on will not be far behind, either. The differences in this level of the spotting scope world are minor. I doubt you will ever be in a position to wish you had picked a different scope with any of these premium scopes. All will take superb pics, too.
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Re: Best spotting scope for birding

Postby puffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff on Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:24 pm

Thanks for the definitive.
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Re: Best spotting scope for birding

Postby Jne_K on Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:15 am

You are very welcome
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