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Old 12-07-2009, 17:50   #1
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Spotter Scope

I am currently looking for a cheap spotter scope. I do not need anything fancy, and want something that can take some abuse and i won't care of it gets dinged up. However, i need this to be effective up to 200 yds for a .223. I have searched and am looking for some advice on scopes under $100; if they exist for this purpose? Do i need to spend more for this purpose?

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http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=11714575

Will this show a small .223 hole at 200 yds and less?

Thank you for your help!
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Old 12-08-2009, 17:06   #2
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Old 12-08-2009, 17:12   #3
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I am currently looking for a cheap spotter scope. I do not need anything fancy, and want something that can take some abuse and i won't care of it gets dinged up. However, i need this to be effective up to 200 yds for a .223. I have searched and am looking for some advice on scopes under $100; if they exist for this purpose? Do i need to spend more for this purpose?

e.g.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=11714575

Will this show a small .223 hole at 200 yds and less?

Thank you for your help!
I'm interested in a decent spotting scope as well.
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Old 12-12-2009, 16:16   #4
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bump, somebody must have some advice?
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Old 12-13-2009, 18:27   #5
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Sorry to hijack your thread spellman21 but it seems nobody wants to share and I and also interested.

OK, so what about the best optical range to buy and why? Try to keep it in a reasonable price range.

20X60X80?
15X45X60?
15X45X50?

xxXyyXzz?
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Old 12-13-2009, 19:52   #6
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Geez, you guys read my mind....same exact question for me !!
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Old 12-19-2009, 19:00   #7
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Old 12-20-2009, 19:09   #8
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Wow nothing huh? I was going to make a thread just like this. Thinking of going with binos since they can do double duty.

Same thing as the OP. .223 at 200yds and I'm CHEAP. > $100 would be great.
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Old 02-21-2010, 17:21   #10
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http://www.amazon.com/Benchmark-25-1...6797770&sr=1-7

I got this scopes for Christmas and it is OK. I does fairly well at the range out to about 200 yds, but after that the clarity drops off.
With any kind of scope you really do get what you pay for. You just can't go cheap and expect high level performance.
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Old 02-22-2010, 23:19   #11
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I would check Ebay for a old Tasco world class spotting scope.
I found one there for $30 bucks, like new in the box.
Made in Japan.
Last time I took it to the range the fellow next to me was looking
through it and his, which he paid $500 for and mine was clearer.
Yep, old Tascos are nice.

Also I would not automatically eliminate any of the new Bushnell
China ones, the Asian optics are first class and you can get one
new for about $70.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:18   #12
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I didn't need a super quality scope, either. Mostly wanted one for a 50' indoor range. So, I just ordered this one for $38 shipped. If it doesn't work, so what. No big loss, but it might just work well enough for me.

http://www.buydig.com/shop/searchres...52234&x=9&y=15
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:13   #13
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the nikon spotting scopes are pretty good

for the money it's hard to beat the field scopes. the prostaffs are pretty good too.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:38   #14
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http://www.amazon.com/Benchmark-25-1...6797770&sr=1-7

I got this scopes for Christmas and it is OK. I does fairly well at the range out to about 200 yds, but after that the clarity drops off.
With any kind of scope you really do get what you pay for. You just can't go cheap and expect high level performance.
I've got a Barska 20-60x for $99 from MidwayUSA. http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=177553 You do get what you pay for, but this scope is worth more than $100 though...

My club's range is only 100 yards, so I'm not demanding much of it. When we build a 300 yard range hopefully this year, I'll probably have to upgrade.

Also, if it's just for range use, and does not need to stand up to field/hunting abuse, those who want high magnification and good light gathering and clarity might want to look into "small" refractors and reflectors from the likes of Meade and Celestron.

You get WAY more optical quality, magnification, aperture size etc. from an astronomy scope that also has terrestrial capability. (image not upside-down) for your money than with a shooting/hunting spotting scope.
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I've got a Barska 20-60x for $99 from MidwayUSA. http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=177553 You do get what you pay for, but this scope is worth more than $100 though...

My club's range is only 100 yards, so I'm not demanding much of it. When we build a 300 yard range hopefully this year, I'll probably have to upgrade.

Also, if it's just for range use, and does not need to stand up to field/hunting abuse, those who want high magnification and good light gathering and clarity might want to look into "small" refractors and reflectors from the likes of Meade and Celestron.

You get WAY more optical quality, magnification, aperture size etc. from an astronomy scope that also has terrestrial capability. (image not upside-down) for your money than with a shooting/hunting spotting scope.
Thanks for the info. I was looking at this one at Cabelas. The price at Midway is better and I THINK I would like the angled eye piece. I was trying to look through the straight one at Cabelas but this little kid was jumping up and down on the platform trying to see through the scopes.

Damn it people keep your little monsters on a leash. JK.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:18   #16
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Any advice on this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Celestron-50mm-2...item439d98b70b


I dont need anything crazy as stated just would like to be able to see .223 out to 150-200 yards. THanks.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:28   #17
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I just bought a 20-60X60mm Simmons at Wallyworld for $60. It has the eyepiece at 45 degrees which is nice for shooting. It came with a telescoping tripod and case. The tripod is a little flimsy but will definitely do the job for shooting. I've only used it looking out my windows so far at trees in the distance and the magnification is amazing. The clarity is very good for such a cheap scope.

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Old 02-28-2010, 09:36   #18
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Any advice on this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Celestron-50mm-2...item439d98b70b


I dont need anything crazy as stated just would like to be able to see .223 out to 150-200 yards. THanks.
I wouldn't buy an optic without looking through it first. I was looking for a low cost spotting scope from Big 5 sporting goods and had my mind already made up until I lined four of their scopes and eliminated all but two and decided on the Barska. It had the angled lens which made it easier to look through, it also had the best image quality of all I looked through. That was three years ago and it's still doing what it's suppose to do.
Yes I can recommend the Barska, I'm able to pick out 22 cal holes at 200 yards while on it's highest power the 17 cal holes are a little harder to discern.
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Old 03-16-2010, 17:56   #19
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Thanks for the advice thus far, can anyone recommend a specific scope less than $100 that i can use to see .223 out to 150-200 yards. Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2010, 18:03   #20
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I bought this one a few years ago and have been pleased. It was $99 at the time.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=765856

It is 60X magnification.
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Old 03-17-2010, 15:46   #21
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Many include free shipping, so have at it...

http://www.opticsplanet.net/spotting...y-price-1.html

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Old 03-17-2010, 22:09   #22
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My experience with inexpensive spotting scopes was too much image wobbling. I wanted an inexpensive scope that had decent optics but didn't have any luck. I doubled my budget to $200 and found the perfect one, the Vortex Impact:

http://www.opticsplanet.net/vortex-i...-imt-70ra.html
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:23   #23
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Haven't had a chance to try it, but it's got good reviews and is in your price range.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/tasco-20...c20606045.html

I got a good tripod to go with it. If I don't like the scope, I can upgrade and use the same tripod.
http://www.opticsplanet.net/bogen-di...ball-head.html

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