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Posted: 10/27/2006 6:03:04 AM EST
Can anyone recommend a decent and reasonably priced spotting scope?
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:49:44 AM EST
here you go. Use one of these myself - with 22x eyepiece.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 9:57:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By IcarusY625:
Can anyone recommend a decent and reasonably priced spotting scope?


Unfortunately 'decent' and 'reasonably priced' don't usually go together!!

I bought a second hand Kowa and it's the dogs danglies! Opticron are pretty good as well. Having said that, if you're only going to be using it at shortish distances (<200yards) and in good weather then pretty much anything will be ok. I had a Russian Yukon scope to start with, but after looking through it for a while at 600yards it used to give me a headache!!
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 1:37:13 PM EST
I can see I need to delve deeper here. What distance do you lot reasonably expect to be able to use a spotting scope out to? What zoom/magnification is required?
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 10:17:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By IcarusY625:
I can see I need to delve deeper here. What distance do you lot reasonably expect to be able to use a spotting scope out to? What zoom/magnification is required?


I normally use mine out to 600yards, and its 32x magnification. It fine at 1000yards though. You can change the eyepieces on all the better scopes around, but the more zoom you have - the smaller the field of view. most people shooting Highpower seem to be around the 27x to 32x area. My Kowa is a 66mm objective lens and they also make an 82mm version. Difference between the two is noticeable at longer distances on an overcast day, but the 82mm version is quite a bit more expensive. On a clear day they are as good as each other.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 11:45:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 9:09:48 AM EST
Thanks for the replies. Some of these scopes cost more than my rifle! I have previously just used my rifle scope on 10x mag and had no trouble spotting discs, certainly out to 600 yards, which is the max. I can shoot locally. More pondering to be done.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 11:22:37 AM EST
Best bet is to have a look through whatever other people are using to get an idea of what looks 'good' or 'bad' rather than what costs more or less... You may find you're more than happy with a brand that happens to be alot cheaper than Kowa!
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 9:49:59 PM EST
Optics Wharehouse have a 'deal' on a 20-60x60 hwake Endurance that looks quite good. the eyepiece housing can be rotated for use whilst prone which would be quite handy. Anyone use these?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 1:45:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:55:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By streetfighter:
Not that I've seen.
Doesn't mean it's a bad scope though, but I would be tempted to trial one before buying though


Not so easy if you're not a big time dealer/distributor or magazine writer.

'Dear Mr. Spotting Scope seller, can I borrow this scope for a couple of months before I decide whether to but it or not?'

'F**k off sonny'
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 4:11:39 AM EST
Get yourself to the next highpower shoot - there will be more scope + stands than you can shake a stick at. Most people will let you their kit for a bit if you ask them nicely
I was going to replace my Rhino with a Kowa, now after using one at a HP shoot - I'm not so sure.

p.s. don't underestimate the importance of a quality scope stand. I've recently bought a Ray-Vin and feel its worth every penny.

p.p.s Make sure you get an eyepiece with sufficient eye relief - it will drive you nuts if you keep banging your eye on the scope (gee Steve, how do you know that?)

SteveA
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