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Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend UltraHD Vs. Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65

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Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend UltraHD Vs. Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65

Postby Spotter on Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:57 am

Hi,
I'm looking for a rugged,compact and lightweight spotting scope with magnification up to 40-45, I need to identify objects at 1 mile distance, mountains, bushes. I am considering Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend UltraHD or Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65,which one fits better for the job?
Should I consider something higher end like Leupold Mark 4 12-40x60mm or Zeiss Dialyt?
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Re: Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend UltraHD Vs. Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65

Postby Jne_K on Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:20 am

Hi

I like the Prostaff on this matchup, despite the HD on the Legend. The 65 mm Prostaff models I have tested have all been remarkably good scopes for the money.

One mile distance is asking a lot of any spotting scope when it comes to seeing detail and progressively more so when it comes to seeing fine detail. The limiting factor at this distance is the atmosphere and seeing conditions, first, the scope, second. Mountains at one mile? Sure. Bushes? How small? If it is fine detail you want to see at a mile, moving into an 80 mm or 85 mm class scope is more practical, but, even then, there are no guarantees. The Leupold Gold Ring is a wonderfully compact scope with a great track record, but, no, I don't think it will do significantly better than the 65 mm Prostaff in this situation.

If you want to stay with a smaller scope, try the Kowa 663, The Swarovski ATM 65 or similar. At a more reasonable price, there is also the Brunton Eterna 62. If these scopes don't do the job, then no 60-65cmm class scopes will.
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Re: Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend UltraHD Vs. Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65

Postby Spotter on Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:33 am

Thank you Joanie!
80-85 is too big, I really need something compact. I understand Nikon Prostaff 65 is a good choice. And what about Nikon 16-48x60 Spotter XL II is it any better optically, it seems to be a little more compact and rugged?
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Re: Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend UltraHD Vs. Nikon Prostaff 16-48x65

Postby Jne_K on Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:34 am

Hi

For optics, go with the Prostaff. It has better optics than the XL Spotter. The Spotter is more about portability, yes.
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