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Posted: 5/2/2009 3:26:24 PM EDT
I'm looking for a spotting scope for under $250. Want it mainly to use with my AR-15 so I can see those little holes a ways out there. I kind of narrowed it down to the following two:

$250 Leupold Wind River Green Ring Sequoia 15-45 x 60mm Angled Spotting Scope with 45 deg Eyepiece


$220 Konus Konuspot-80 20-60 x 80mm Zoom Prismatic Spotting Scope

By what I read it is not so much the magnification that matters, but the quality of the optics. I've read several reviews of 80-100 power cheap scopes where people can't see the holes beyond 200 yards. I prefer the size of the Leupold or something even a little more compact to carry. The Konus would be the max size I would want in any scope.

If you guys could please vote and make a comment that would be great. If there is something else under $250 that works better, please also let me know. I wear glasses and I think both of these are easy to use with glasses. I also want something with a 45 degree eyepiece. Preferably want one that is clear to 300+ yards to see the holes. Both units I listed above for the price come with a case and tripod. I only linked to Optics Planet to compare the specs of both. Thanks!
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 1:31:40 PM EDT
Dang, nobody has an opion on this???
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 1:36:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 1:38:46 PM EDT
I kinda prefer binoculars...they can do double-duty during hunting season...or maybe I'm just "cheap".  
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 3:04:02 PM EDT
I thought about binoculars but can any binoculars that dont weight 10 pounds and cost $700 see .223 holes at 200 yards???

I kinda prefer binoculars...they can do double-duty during hunting season...or maybe I'm just "cheap".  

Link Posted: 5/3/2009 3:19:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 3:20:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 3:21:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 4:15:45 PM EDT
As a fellow spotting scope junkie, ALWAYS go for the clarity of the optics!    

Another thing, use the Birchwood Casey "shoot-n-see" targets. This will allow much easier spotting of .223 holes @ 200+ yards.
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