Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!
• relatively light weight (3 pounds or less)
• ED glass
• fully multi-coated lenses
• somewhat rugged
• excellent warranty
• under $1,000, including eyepiece
Based on that criteria I am considering the following:
Brunton Eterna 20-45X62
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 15-45X60
Vortex Viper 15-45X65
What are your opinions of these three scopes?
Are there any others that meet my criteria I should consider?
I'd go for the Brunton Eterna 62 in a heartbeat. Could be one of the best values going in a good spotting scope.
Appreciate the help!
Glad to help.
No, I don't think the 20x at the low end as opposed to 15x will give you any problems at all. That 5x difference may seem like a big deal on paper, but it doesn't translate into much difference in actual field of view at spotting scope distances.
I am definitely leaning towards the Eterna. But now I am wondering if the compact version (18-38X50) is better for me. Seems like both units offer the same features like ED glass, fully multi-coated optics, etc. Besides weight, power and cost, how would these two units compare in a head to head test? Is there much of a difference in low light conditions, for example? I get the impression the mid-size unit is better for eye glass wearers. Is that the case?
Unless every ounce absolutely counts for your application, I would stay with the 62. It will get you more performance and not really all that much larger. Same eyepiece on both scopes, actually.
The Bushnell 784040 is all metal, well-built, lightweight and very reasonably priced. Great choice for a small scope.
Haven't compared it to the High Country because I've yet to test a High Country, to be honest. I will enthusiastically recommend the Eterna, though, for the price.
Haven't heard anything from Brunton on dropping the straight model, though.