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Re: Old scope stolen, new scope needed

Post by Jne_K on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:30 am

Hi jeremy

Outstanding! You beat the odds on that one. Sounds like a great hunt. Glad to help. too.

Re: Old scope stolen, new scope needed

Post by farbedo on Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:33 pm

Joanie,

I wanted to thank you, even if it has been some time since I first posted. I did purchase the Kowa 664 scope with 20-60 eyepiece, and it has been a superb scope. I just got back from an archery hunting trip to Montana for elk. While there I had a chance to compare this scope to a non-HD 80mm Swarovski, a 60mm Nikon fieldscope ED, and an older 65mm Zeiss. I was quite amazed at the clarity of this scope and how useable it is in very low light. It was able to hang with the 80mm Swarovski right up to dark. The other 65mm class scopes couldn't go that last 15 minutes or so. Even in the dimmest light, I could judge bulls at several miles distant, and pinpoint the herd that I was after.

Anyway, thank you again. I managed to take a great bull on the 5th day, and having good glass really helped keep me on the elk.

Jeremy Cotton

Re: Old scope stolen, new scope needed

Post by Jne_K on Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:37 am

Hi

In that size range, my first choice would be a Kowa 664 or 663 with the 20-60x zoom eyepiece. Eye relief is excellent on the Kowa zoom and you get a larger scope with the Kowa, but the same weight as the smaller Nikon. Otherwise, the Nikon Fieldscope 60 in an ED is outstanding, with the only negative being the short eye relief on the Nikon zoom. If you wear glasses, go with the Kowa zoom.

The Brunton is a great value and the one I would go with if money is an issue. Won't quite make it to the Kowa or Nikon, but a great buy.

Minox is good and falls somewhere between the Kowa/Nikon and the Brunton.

Old scope stolen, new scope needed

Post by farbedo on Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:58 pm

Joanie,

I am looking for a new scope to replace an old and now missing Bushnell Spacemaster.

My price limit is $1500 including eyepiece. I am interested in your impression and ranking of the following scopes:
Pentax PF-65ED II
Brunton Eterna 62mm (maybe not in the same class, but the price/specs make it look like a very good value)
Nikon fieldscope III ED
Kowa 664
Minox 62 ED

The local shops that I can get to don't carry these for evaluation. They only have either cheap, or the big three which are out of my price range. The primary use of the scope is for hunting both in the midwest and west for deer, elk, sheep, etc. Secondary use would be bird watching. I am focusing on 60-65mm scopes on the basis of maximizing image quality and portability. I would like a scope that can go with me if need be. I realize that these don't all match up in terms of maximum magnification, but I also don't know how usable they each are at their maximums of 45X and 60X. If 60X is truly useable, I could see it being handy.

One further concern is warranty on each scope. I would like to think that I am agile and graceful, but I know better, and will bang this scope up at some point.

Thank you for any help that you can provide.

Jeremy

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