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Posted: 5/2/2004 1:32:37 PM EST
Hey all. Just wanted some opinions on a decent spotting scope in the $300 range. I was thinking about the $99 Winchester one from Sportsman's Guide, but after checking out some cheap scopes at a local shop decided against it. They just seem, well, cheap. I looked at a Zeiss just for shits and giggles but couldn't afford the $1200+ price tag. So, any suggestions? This will pretty much be just for range work, usually 200 yards.

Thanks in advance, Jimmy.
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 2:11:26 PM EST
In that price range I can recommend the Nikon Sky Earth 15-45X 60mm Spotter which runs about $290.
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 7:33:39 PM EST
If you go the Niko way check out:
for around $226-260
Link Posted: 5/2/2004 9:00:43 PM EST
Kowa 601 Buy once, cry once.
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 3:05:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/3/2004 3:06:50 PM EST by phobia]
What do you guys think about the Leupold Wind River Sequoia 15-45x60? I have a Leupold VARI-X III on my M1A and love it, I'm thinking that Leupold would also make an excellent spotting scope.
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 5:47:22 PM EST
Did you try checking e-bay yet?I got a great deal on a used Kowa 662.It's the only spotter I'll ever need.
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 5:55:27 PM EST
Let this be your guide if your looking for a budget scope.

Link Posted: 5/3/2004 6:29:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/3/2004 6:30:22 PM EST by phobia]

Originally Posted By Renn:
Kowa 601 Buy once, cry once.

What's the magnification on that model? Alot of sites only mention the 60mm obj.
I think this might get a bit pricey soon, lol.

Thanks, Jimmy.
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 5:42:50 AM EST
If you read that Sniper Country review, the Bushnell spacemaster seems the clear price/performance winner.

I've seen the 20x45x60 model kit for $269 online.
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 9:27:57 AM EST
I just finished reading the sniper country article, good read, but it says that it was written in 2001 so I would still like some feedback on the Sequoia. The Kowa look nice also, but do you need to buy seperate eye pieces for them? The ones I see online only mention the obj size.

Thanks, Jimmy
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