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$300-$400 Spotting Scope Help

Postby UCFChase01 on Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:23 pm

I've been spending hours reading reviews on many of the different spotting scopes and I think I've got it narrowed down to three contenders. I'll be using this scope primarily for bench rest shooting at 100 yards, though I'm intrigued by the idea of attaching a digital camera to the scope for long range photos. I'm not really planning to hike through the woods with this scope, but I tend to break things, so a tougher scope is a plus.

Here are the three that I think would best fit for my budget:

1) The Alpen 788 - 20x - 60x Zoom
2) Celestron Regal 65 F-ED - 16x - 48x Zoom
3) Nikon ProStaff Angled 65 - 16x - 48x Zoom

A couple of years ago, I purchased an inexpensive Barska scope (20X-60X - 70MM) which has a straight eye piece and I really struggle to see anything through it, especially small holes in a paper that's 100 yards away. I think an angled eyepiece and better glass would make a big difference at the range. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give to help me make a choice between these three spotting scopes and if you could also recommend a tripod, that would be excellent too!
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Re: $300-$400 Spotting Scope Help

Postby Ron V. on Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:57 pm

The Celestron was near the top of my list but I ultimately ruled it out simply because it was a little heavier than I wanted for backpack hunts. I have read very good reviews. If I were in your shoes I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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Re: $300-$400 Spotting Scope Help

Postby Jne_K on Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:47 am

Hi

I'll second that on the Regal. Optically excellent, more than enough for bench rest shooting at 100 yards and you will also find that putting a 62 mm scope on the bench with a shooter's tripod is a heck of a lot more practical than mounting an 80 mm class scope on the bench.
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Re: $300-$400 Spotting Scope Help

Postby UCFChase01 on Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:46 pm

Is there a shooting tripod that you can recommend? I've looked around and they all look pretty similar (Bushnell, Alpen, etc...)
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Re: $300-$400 Spotting Scope Help

Postby Jne_K on Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:20 am

Hi

You're right, they are all basically the same, so go with a brand you like. The Alpen and Bushnell are both good choices.
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