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Spotting scope for viewing wildlife for my son

Postby dieselmama on Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:53 pm

We just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone, and my son has fallen in love with viewing wildlife through a spotting scope (saw his first wolf, a couple of herds of bighorn sheep, and the usual elk, bison, bear, etc). He was able to use the ones that the guide and a ranger had, but we are interested in purchasing one for his use for our next adventure. He is a teenager, and VERY careful with his equipment (he has a very nice digital camera that he has taken great care of for 7 years now) and we are also considering upgrading it (a Lumix, was about $4-500 when new).

He is on the autism spectrum, so we need to try to keep things fairly simple, or at least so he can learn about them in easy steps. We want to get a decent scope, one he wont be disappointed in, but we can't really afford to go over $5-700 at this point in time. (Hubby fell in love with a $3,000 one that a wolf watcher had! LOL) We thought it would probably be best to invest in a really good tripod that can be used if/when we go to a better scope and a more mediocre scope rather than having to replace both later?

Any thoughts or suggestions would be most gratefully accepted! Son would LOVE to someday be able to take photos using the scope, another reason I think upgrading his camera will be a must as well. He has a dream of someday becoming a videographer.

Thank you!
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Re: Spotting scope for viewing wildlife for my son

Postby Steven_L on Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:37 pm

Try one of the ED Bushnell Elites! Very good products. for a bit more, grab a Vortex Viper! Both are great performing scopes at a reasonable price.
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