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Choices! Choices ! Please help.

Postby Kevvie on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:08 am

I'm buying my first spotting scope for birding and feel spoiled for choices . Would appreciate help';
My choices are narrowed to Bushnell Elite 20-60x80, Kowa TSN 661 20-60X66 non ED and Olivon T64ED 16-48X64. i am favouring the latter based on price mainly . Its $650 .The others are around $1000
What will i be missing if i dont buy the Bushnell Elite or the Kowa which both seem quite good ?

thanks
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Re: Choices! Choices ! Please help.

Postby Steven_L on Wed May 01, 2013 10:58 am

It's hard to beat a Bushnell Elite in this price range. Fabulous products. The larger objective will help with even greater resolution. If you're concerned about size and weight, the Kowa TSN-660 may be a better bet. I haven't tested any of the Olivon products, so I won't comment on them. If you can live with the larger elite, you'll get better performance.
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Re: Choices! Choices ! Please help.

Postby PhilR. on Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:12 pm

I would not recommend the Bushnell. It is good, but it's an old and heavy design that IMO is outclassed by other newer designs. You could do just as good for less money with a Celestron Regal, better for the same money with a Pentax PF 80, or a lot better for not a lot more money with a Vortex Razor or Zen Ray ED2. Another reason why I would not go with the 80mm Bushnell is that you cannot use eyepieces from other companies. If you go with the Pentax or Celestron, you can use eyepieces from companies such as Tele-Vue or Baader, or the extremely high-grade ones from Pentax (Pentax makes different levels of optical eyepieces).

Also, are you sure you want something that big and heavy? If you are going to be doing a lot of hiking through the hinterlands, you might re-think the size issue. A really good 65mm will do most jobs quite well. Obviously, if you will be observing from a static position, then your only concern will be whether or not the tripod you get will be heavy enough (and you will need a very heavy tripod for the Bushnell).

You should also look at the Nikon 50mm ED scope. Very small and lightweight, but with incredibly sharp and bright optics. Hunters in the US love them because they are easily transported over the rough terrain in the American west.
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