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FlyGuts
12-08-2011, 5:55 AM
Can anyone recommend a good 20-60 spotting scope in the $100 - $200 range?

Thanks.

DesertSniper
12-08-2011, 6:17 AM
i have been looking at the redfield rampage, it has very clear optics and is around 230 and even lower on sale. check bass pro.

runway1
12-08-2011, 6:25 AM
After reading much here on CG, I bought this Konus:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/180766208380?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Amazon has them for $215. Other for about $200.

Black Majik
12-08-2011, 7:41 AM
Here's one more vote for the Konuspot 80. Really does quite well for resolution and eye relief.

003
12-08-2011, 7:57 AM
http://www.scopecity.com/

Check out Scope City. The have some great items and prices.

Hunt
12-08-2011, 11:11 AM
save your money, buy once cry once, you will buy again if you buy a cheap scope. You can get $800-$1000 class spotters 1/2 price in mint condition if you look around.

brando
12-08-2011, 11:25 AM
You won't find anything "good" at that price. Cheap spotting scopes will piss you off over time, especially if you rely on them regularly. Of course, that doesn't mean you have to spend $2k+ on a good one, but there are plenty that are rugged enough and have decent enough optics in the under $1000 category. I highly suggest you save a bit more before spending any money on one.

ERdept
12-08-2011, 11:31 AM
+2 on the last two posts.

just save the money and get something good.

high_revs
12-08-2011, 11:44 AM
konus 80 is a decent starting point, compared to like barska. truly decent spotting scopes probably start at $800-$1k like a Kowa?

guncollector
12-08-2011, 11:53 AM
Don't forget to budget for a decent tripod. Cheap one's aren't worth sh*t, and will piss you off too. You need one that is well-built, rugged, and capable of finer adjustments.

LCE
12-08-2011, 2:17 PM
Here's one more vote for the Konuspot 80. Really does quite well for resolution and eye relief.

Agreed...couldn't be happier with mine.

billetmann
12-08-2011, 5:05 PM
i looked intensely trying to find the right one.
even took targets and walked them out 200 yards to view -at the shops.
because i bought one and thought it was awesome till i took it to the range

i finally found the celestron regal 60- great scope but priced about 350.-w/no tripod.
i compared it to much more expensive ones and thought it was very comparable-side by side.

toby
12-08-2011, 5:09 PM
Serviceable spotting scopes start at $500, anything less is marginal at best, unless you get a a great deal on something used from the higher end line...

biko
12-08-2011, 5:10 PM
Kowa but very pricey.

Don29palms
12-08-2011, 6:06 PM
Yukon 6-100x100. You can't beat this scope for the money. CLICK HERE! (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=yukon+6-100x100&gs_upl=0l0l0l4651l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1152&bih=574&wrapid=tlif132339984158110&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=4561002000148457937&sa=X&ei=xHrhTubaJMyatwfcypTnAw&ved=0CFgQ8wIwAw#)

FlyGuts
12-09-2011, 3:19 PM
Thanks for the input. At the risk of putting my ignorance on full display, I am amazed at the prices you are telling me I must pay for a decent scope. Raising the bar a bit, but not quite to $1K, is there anything you can recommend in the $300 - $500 range?

Haplo
12-09-2011, 4:07 PM
I'm happy with my Konus.

twoforme2
12-09-2011, 5:31 PM
Optics are one of the few things left in life that you seem to get what you pay for.

Obviously the distance you shoot and how well you want to see it at that distance is going to help determine how much you need to spend.

One place you might check out is Eagle Optics. I have not checked there in many years but when I used to shoot competition archery I bought one of their "house brand" Spotting scopes and I could tell if the arrow was touching the line or not at 90M with no trouble.

I don't know who makes their stuff, but when I bought it I bought 3 different scopes from three different companies and all had money back guarantees and tried all three. I approximately the same amount on all three and I kept the Eagle Optics one. That way many years ago and I think I spent about $400 for the eagle optics scope.

The main factor me was I taped up a dollar bill at about 100 yards (might have been 50 it was quite a while ago) and went back and tried to read the serial numbers.

Some advice would be do lots of research and look into reviews by birdwatching websites and places. They are big into optics, and usually are looking for very fine detail.

OR Set a budget and shop for whatever you want to spend and love it because you paid for it with your hard earned money.

Either way, Good luck with your search.

Merc1138
12-09-2011, 5:43 PM
Optics are one of the few things left in life that you seem to get what you pay for.

Obviously the distance you shoot and how well you want to see it at that distance is going to help determine how much you need to spend.

One place you might check out is Eagle Optics. I have not checked there in many years but when I used to shoot competition archery I bought one of their "house brand" Spotting scopes and I could tell if the arrow was touching the line or not at 90M with no trouble.

I don't know who makes their stuff, but when I bought it I bought 3 different scopes from three different companies and all had money back guarantees and tried all three. I approximately the same amount on all three and I kept the Eagle Optics one. That way many years ago and I think I spent about $400 for the eagle optics scope.

The main factor me was I taped up a dollar bill at about 100 yards (might have been 50 it was quite a while ago) and went back and tried to read the serial numbers.

Some advice would be do lots of research and look into reviews by birdwatching websites and places. They are big into optics, and usually are looking for very fine detail.

OR Set a budget and shop for whatever you want to spend and love it because you paid for it with your hard earned money.

Either way, Good luck with your search.

Yup. Cheap optics let you see .22 holes in a target at 100 yards with 60x zoom. Good optics let you see .22 holes in a target at 100 yards with 30x zoom.

Less zoom usually means a wider field of view. Better resolution at a higher zoom means your optics will be usable at a longer distance.

jwb28
12-09-2011, 5:50 PM
save your money, buy once cry once, you will buy again if you buy a cheap scope. You can get $800-$1000 class spotters 1/2 price in mint condition if you look around.

Any hints on where to look:D

twoforme2
12-09-2011, 5:50 PM
Sorry OP, I just went and looked and it appears Eagle Optics no longer sells their own spotting scopes, that is too bad. I kinda wish I had never gotten rid of mine now.

ocabj
12-09-2011, 5:51 PM
FYI: for 60x magnification, you will need a rock solid scope stand. Any bump, jostle, or vibration will be amplified at high magnification.

Cyc Wid It
12-09-2011, 5:54 PM
You might try Scott at Liberty Optics. In my limited experience (upon recommendation by other Calguns folks) he's been quite helpful and he is a specialist. http://libertyoptics.com/

guncollector
12-19-2011, 7:13 PM
Any hints on where to look:D

I just added a second spotter to my range gear (for my kids). It was a used, in like-new condition, Leupold 12-40x60mm off eBay for $625.00 shipped to my door two weeks ago. Some lady with 100+ positive feedback was selling it for her dad. I think it retails new for close to $1000.00.

I've had buddies find theirs on Craigslist, too.

Nice thing about Leupold is they stand behind their stuff, no matter where or how you came about their product.