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CCV
07-12-2011, 20:03
I'm considering adding a top quality spotting scope in the 60X range to my shooting gear.

Any recommendations?

RayB
07-23-2011, 15:22
Since nobody has chimed in, let me suggest that you start here for a crash course in optics, what to look for, and why...

http://www.telescope.com/home.jsp

This looks like a nice unit at a decent price...

http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Spotting-Scopes-Monoculars/Orion-ULX-66mm-ED-Zoom-Spotting-Scope/pc/-1/c/1/sc/16/p/52106.uts

Keep in mind that you'd want to pair the above referenced unit with an appropriate quality tripod and mount, ideally with slow motion alt/az controls.

This set up would work well for casual astronomy too, giving nice views of star clusters, nebulae, Saturn's rings, and the moon...

I've found Orion to have excellent customer service and the retail store staff is highly knowledgeable...

--Ray

KCNUKE
09-12-2011, 17:38
just found this post doing a search, I just bought a Redfield Rampage 20-60X60 for about $220. will try it out tomorrow but seeing 223 at 200yards should be easy, not sure about passed that but 300 should easily see 308. lens seems pretty crisp.

phonejack
09-15-2011, 06:47
I have had a Kowa for 20 yrs. No regrets

Short Cut
09-15-2011, 07:42
When I researched this, about 7 years ago, I read many good things comparing Pentax favorably to more expensive brands like Leica and Swarovski. Ended up buying this one, except with the angled eyepiece.

http://www.pentaxsportoptics.com/#section=Birding&subSection=SpottingScopes&product=PF-80ED

One of the best websites I found at the time for real world comparisons was a bird watching sight, fwiw.

Short Cut
09-15-2011, 07:45
Here's a pic of what I got. It's held up really well and the clarity is outstanding.

http://handsonoptics.com/images/Pentax-Spotting-Scope-PF-80EDA_kit.jpg

travis34769
09-15-2011, 15:14
Here's a pic of what I got. It's held up really well and the clarity is outstanding.

http://handsonoptics.com/images/Pentax-Spotting-Scope-PF-80EDA_kit.jpg

A buddy of mine gots one of these. Does wonders!

garander
09-15-2011, 15:18
for top quality, kowa and swarovski. us highpower guys use em at the 1000 yard line.