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Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Ron V. on Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:36 pm

I am looking for a spotting scope with the following characteristics and could some help since I know very little about spotting scopes:

• relatively light weight (3 pounds or less)
• waterproof/fogproof
• 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?

Thanks!

Ron
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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Jne_K on Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:09 pm

Hi

I'd go for the Brunton Eterna 62 in a heartbeat. Could be one of the best values going in a good spotting scope.
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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Ron V. on Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:54 pm

Thanks, Joanie. My only hesitation on the Eterna is the 20 power minimum setting. I am wondering if it is a little too much for the low end? I have never owned a spotter before and wonder if I will have difficulty acquiring an animal through that particular scope. Thoughts?

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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Jne_K on Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:18 am

Hi Ron

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.
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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Ron V. on Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:37 pm

Thanks, Joanie.

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?

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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Jne_K on Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:45 am

You are very welcome.

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.
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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Ron V. on Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:07 pm

I probably won't pack it enough to justify the compact version so I will go with the 62. Can you recommend a decent light weight tripod to go with it? Something reasonably priced, preferably.

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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Jne_K on Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:55 am

HI

The Bushnell 784040 is all metal, well-built, lightweight and very reasonably priced. Great choice for a small scope.
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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Ron V. on Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:38 pm

Thanks! How do you think it compares to the Vortex High Country?

Hey I heard a rumor Brunton is discontinuing the straight eyepiece version of the Eterna 62. Have you heard that?
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Re: Spotting Scope Decisions, Decisions!

Postby Jne_K on Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:49 am

Hi

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.
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