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Spotting Scopes:

5. Time to purchase spotting scope. Have only read about the Leupold in SC. Does anyone else have a favorite for around $600? If not, could anyone provide specifications for an appropriate spotter to use for long range shooting at paper only?

Bolt <>
USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 15:37:46 (EST) 

Boltís Questions:
An excellent Spotting scope for the money is the Kowa TS-611. If is not too large for field use, beings about the right size to hump around. Also try to find some of the older Baush & Lomb or Unertl 20x spotting scopes. Both of these are similar to the M49. You can find them at gunshows, in excellent condition for very reasonable prices. The TS-611 will run around $350. There are plenty of alternatives for spotting scopes other than Leupold. Avoid the realy big glass designed for High Power. I can not imagine humping around a TSN-1.

scott <>
USA - Friday, November 20, 1998 at 11:10:29 (EST) 

I've decided purchase a spotting scope on the cheap side. I realize that you get what you pay for, but my Leupold Mk4 left me short of funds. My price range is $200-$250 and I've been considering Bushnell. I've seen the Spacemaster line and they look OK. The biggest drawback seems to be that they are not waterproof (I can't stalk with it during bad weather). The trophy model is in fact waterproof. If anyone's used any of these model I would appreciate feedback. I'm also curious if anyone come across a good deal in my price range. If anyone knows of another cheaply priced spotting scope that can get me through a years worth of crawling, let's hear about it. Thanks

Zero <>
Louisville, KY USA - Monday, January 04, 1999 at 02:56:47 (EST) 

Zero, look through a bunch of scopes both cheap and expensive. You may find that the quality of the cheap scopes is such that you will be better served by saving the money up a little longer to get something of a little better quality.
Rich <>
WA USA - Monday, January 04, 1999 at 17:32:53 (EST) 

when checking the scopes, ask the salesguy to step outside with them as looking through a window will certainly not give you a clear picture.

Torsten <ya know>
G3land - Monday, January 04, 1999 at 17:51:26 (EST) 

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