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Posted: 11/1/2002 8:34:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/1/2002 8:35:03 AM EDT by NukeThemTillTheyGlow]
I found 2 spotting scopes for sale in the latest Sportsman Guide catalog. While I don't have a lot of money to spend right now on one, I don't want to buy junk that won't last, etc.

What are your thoughts on these two:

1) Winchester® 12-50 x 50 mm Spotting Scope Kit

product id is LX2P-64669

2) JC Optics 20-60x60mm Spotting scope

Product id is LX2P-61892

All listed at www.sportsmansguide.com
Link Posted: 11/2/2002 8:12:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/2/2002 3:36:42 PM EDT
BTT again
Link Posted: 11/2/2002 8:03:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/2/2002 8:04:32 PM EDT by Duffy]
I don't have any experience with these, but I got a Leupold WindRiver, it's only $199 and is of very good quality. I then bought a camera tripod for it, the bench tripod is kind of useless unless you're prone or shooting from a bench. I bought a cheap Bushnell spotting scope before, the image was yellowish and blurry at long distances, the WindRiver has none of these shortcomings. For $199 from SWFA it's a bargain. If you buy a cheap one you'll invariably upgrade to a better one later one, so don't waste your money, when it comes to optics you almost always get what you pay for
Link Posted: 11/2/2002 8:13:33 PM EDT
One of the best spotting scopes for the money and just as good as higher priced ones is the Pro-Optic with the 45 degree eyepiece.....I bought 4 before I finally found one that you can actually see a target clearly at 200 yards......this one only costs $109 and is better than the Winchester 15-45x I had bought for $200........a lot better.......look at scopes at www.adorama.com.........
Link Posted: 11/2/2002 8:24:50 PM EDT
I agree that you get what you pay for.

The Winchester Spotting scopes I seen at the local sporting goods store were the green ones with the tripod and case. These are made in china. There were 4 left IIRC, and the first 3 I looked at had mechanical problems, and I was the first one to open the boxes!!! I didn't bother with the final one.

save your money and get a quality scope.
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