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Posted: 10/2/2011 5:16:08 PM EST
I am looking for a good compact spotting scope for range practice and also could be useful for a number of other things such as wildlife watching/hunting as well as might be handy in a SHTF situation. I can't justify spending the big bucks on one so although I know you generally get what you pay for, thought I'd check with the group to see if anyone has any positive experience with a lower cost lightweight model. By low cost, if there was something around $100, that would be awesome but if I have to pay $250 to get something that isn't total crap, I might be able to do that.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:23:20 PM EST
Take a look at the Burris Compacts. They appear to be what you are looking for.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 1:23:54 AM EST
Look in the optics section, or go to site sponsor SWFA and review some of the information on there. I might suggest you may be better off with a pair of binoculars in that price range rather than a spotting scope in that price range. This is something for you to think about unless you are really locked into the idea of a spotting scope.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 5:17:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2011 5:18:41 AM EST by naked_centaur]
For my GBH bag, I have dumped the heavy binoculars since I successfully tested the Zeiss MiniQuick 5X to spot my 200 yrd target at the Tiger Valley Bug Out Drill. At 0.8 ounces it is the lightest monocular I know of, and great Zeiss glass. $140.

http://static.flickr.com/106/292036514_3c0ff8f6cd.jpg?v=0
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 5:26:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2011 5:29:05 AM EST by GlockTiger]
Not sure what you consider compact, but I got a Bushnell 15-45x60 Excursion –– has a mil-hash reticle for ranging (mine must be right before they upgraded, as I have a mil-dot) and comes with a neoprene "glove style" case, a nice semi-hard sided nylon case and a little mini-tripod. I caught it on sale at opticsplanet about a year ago.

It's not compact like a Zeiss monocular above, but definitely compact compared to a lot of spotters.

Link Posted: 10/3/2011 5:36:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2011 5:38:56 AM EST by oldrock]
thanks guys, looking for something with higher magnification of at least 25 or 30x so I can see things at several hundred yards away. Just wanted to see if there was something compact that still is usable in the 100-250 price range. That bushnell one you linked looks pretty nice, will have to check on the price for that one. Someone told me to check out a really lightweight one made by celestron called the C50 and said they are the only really cheap spotting scope that is worth a crap. http://www.opticsplanet.net/celestron-spotting-scope-mini-mak-52233.html Gonna run up to bass pro and cabelas and try some out.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 5:42:37 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2011 5:58:24 AM EST by naked_centaur]
http://www.opticsplanet.net/celestron-spotting-scope-mini-mak-52233.html

"Maksutov optical design is recognized for being compact, easy to use, and applicable for both terrestrial (land) and astronomical use"

1.7 pounds! Does it come with a pintle to mount to a truck? Apparantly, we have different understandings of the word, "compact."
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 6:48:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2011 6:50:29 AM EST by oldrock]
cnetaur, the little zeiss monocular is way cool but I am looking for something with alot more magnification. I have a great nikon 9x25 binoc which works good and is super compact and lightweight but I need something with alot more magnification for spotting shots at long range and would like to be able to use it for long range surveilance if needed in shtf.
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