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midvalleyshooter
11-22-2006, 11:21 PM
I am wanting to buy a spotting scope for range use with rifles. Which one do you prefer? Any idea what features I need to look for?

Thanks,
MVS

Mssr. Eleganté
11-22-2006, 11:45 PM
Do you have a rough idea yet about how much you want to spend? What caliber rifles are you shooting and at what distance?

Matt-man
11-22-2006, 11:55 PM
If you are going to be using it from a prone position, an angled eyepiece is highly recommended. The angle makes it easier to get the scope in a position where you can look through it comfortably.

ocabj
11-23-2006, 12:07 AM
Right now, the hot low cost scope to buy is the Konus 20-60x80. You can get it from Optics Planet for a good price.

If you can afford it, get a Kowa. Can't go wrong with a 660 or 820 series Kowa.

Angled eye piece with locking collar are the options to get.

five.five-six
11-23-2006, 12:33 AM
i told optics planet i wanted to score .223 out to 200 yards and these are the two they showed me IN THE $200 range

BUSHNELL (http://www.opticsplanet.net/bushnell-20-60x65-trophy.html)

Celestron (http://www.opticsplanet.net/celestron-ultima-80-straight-spotting-scope.html)

I highly suspect I will be getting one of these for christmas so I will let you know then

Joe Register
11-23-2006, 10:06 AM
I see this question quite a bit on other boards and the most common answer for a high quality but not super expensive scope is the Kowa 82 with the angeled LER eye piece combined with a good stand. For High Power rifle competitive shooting...

I use a cheapy barska Big 5 $99 and it works just fine for what i use it for: looking at .22 holes on paper at 50 yards or .30 at 100.

NRAhighpowershooter
11-23-2006, 10:19 AM
One of my HP shooters has a Celestron spotting scope.. it isn't too bad.. but.. on some days even a Kowa won't let you see .223 holes at 200yds... I don't like or trust Bushnell optics.. not clear enough.... the Kona scopes are getting good reviews and the Richmond Jr. shooters are using them as well as a few HP shooters...

Mute
11-23-2006, 10:45 AM
If price was not a factor, I'd get a Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski. For those with a budget, I'd look at the Konus, mentioned above or a Nikon Earth & Sky.

midvalleyshooter
11-24-2006, 7:39 AM
Thanks guys, I will check those out at optics planet.......Keith

anotherted
11-24-2006, 8:02 AM
If price was not a factor, I'd get a Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski. For those with a budget, I'd look at the Konus, mentioned above or a Nikon Earth & Sky.

I have a 80mm Nikon S & E Viewer with an angled eye piece. They are pretty nice. I will be upgrading to a Kowa TSN-821 soon though.

anotherted
11-24-2006, 8:14 AM
If price was not a factor, I'd get a Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski. For those with a budget, I'd look at the Konus, mentioned above or a Nikon Earth & Sky.

I have a 80mm Nikon S & E Viewer with an angled eye piece. They are pretty nice. I will be upgrading to a Kowa TSN-821 soon though.

Mike 56
11-24-2006, 8:33 AM
I have a Winchester i got on sale at Big Five for 100 dollars. I can see 22 cal. holes at 200yd. if i use a paper plate or the back side of a target with a piece of blue tape on it. I have a hard time seeing the holes the black targets at 100yd. Mike

xenophobe
11-24-2006, 12:52 PM
I would really like to have a Leica 77m Televid APO... some of the most impressive nature pictures you've ever seen in various magazines or online have been taken with the Leica.

That being said, I really like the Leupold 12-40x60 HD.

Right now I just use my Leica 12x50 BN on a freestanding monopod. I can easily make out .223 holes at 100y.