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orthopod
05-17-2012, 12:35 AM
I only need to see .22 and .223 holes
At 100 yards with glowshot and shoot n c targets. Not expecting quality optics just something to get the job done temporarily. After surgical residency I can afford to go premium optics but until then I just need something better then the binoculars I am using when I can carve an hour or two on the weekend to go shoot.

OldShooter32
05-17-2012, 5:08 AM
Watch OpticsPlanet and you can get a good 20-60x80 for about $150.

BrianRodela
05-17-2012, 6:07 AM
Harbor Freight, go ahead and laugh but for 45 bucks, it has an angled eyepiece, rotating ring, rubber coated body, descent eye relief and they work just fine. No problem seeing out to 600 yards in an HP match.

Tanner68
05-17-2012, 6:14 AM
At $220-$240, you can get the Konus 20-60x80. Great scope for the money.

morfeeis
05-17-2012, 7:45 AM
Harbor Freight, go ahead and laugh but for 45 bucks, it has an angled eyepiece, rotating ring, rubber coated body, descent eye relief and they work just fine. No problem seeing out to 600 yards in an HP match.
Thanks for the tip......

shoebox56
05-17-2012, 9:43 AM
Harbor Freight, go ahead and laugh but for 45 bucks, it has an angled eyepiece, rotating ring, rubber coated body, descent eye relief and they work just fine. No problem seeing out to 600 yards in an HP match.

I second this recommendation. The scope is absolutely great for the money. The tripod sucks fully extended but is ok on a table top, etc. Even buying a new tripod, you're still ahead compared to the more expensive models out there.

klewan
05-17-2012, 9:52 AM
I bought a $100 Simmons 20x60-60 20 years ago. I was at the range and a guy had a $500 Leopold 20x60. I asked to look thru it, noted what I could see. Went back to my Simmons; no difference. I could see all the same features on the target.

Optics is the one place where you can get ripped on a regular basis. Clowns that say the only thing to buy is $1000+ and saying you can only get quality paying that much are full of it. They're just parroting what they read 50 years ago, not recognizing how you can make a scope better than what they sold back then and a lot cheaper.

mike_the_wino
05-17-2012, 10:04 AM
At $220-$240, you can get the Konus 20-60x80. Great scope for the money.
I has. It rox!

.223 on paper @ 100 yards is clearly visible.

johncmng
05-17-2012, 10:20 AM
Try Orion telescopes, they sell very good spotting scope 6 X 20 on sale for $70. Great optics and great company

LovingTheYear1911
05-17-2012, 12:35 PM
For 100 yards get a barska from big 5 for 90 dollars. Anything over 100 yards I highly do not recommend. They clarity past yards is bad.

RookieShooter
05-17-2012, 12:45 PM
Harbor Freight, go ahead and laugh but for 45 bucks, it has an angled eyepiece, rotating ring, rubber coated body, descent eye relief and they work just fine. No problem seeing out to 600 yards in an HP match.

Are you referring to this 20-60 x 60mm Spotting Scope with Tripod (http://www.harborfreight.com/20-60-x-60mm-spotting-scope-with-tripod-94555.html)?

killshot44
05-17-2012, 1:36 PM
I bought a $100 Simmons 20x60-60 20 years ago. I was at the range and a guy had a $500 Leopold 20x60. I asked to look thru it, noted what I could see. Went back to my Simmons; no difference. I could see all the same features on the target.

Optics is the one place where you can get ripped on a regular basis. Clowns that say the only thing to buy is $1000+ and saying you can only get quality paying that much are full of it.

The only clowns are the ones trying to justify being cheap. Good glass is worth every penny and you'll normally get back 90% of cost when resold. By Kowa, Konus, Nikon or Vortex if you can.

Speedpower
05-17-2012, 1:46 PM
What I hate about the cheap (that's all I have) spotting scope is the eye relief, it's so hard to see specially when you are wearing glasses! I'm wondering if the more expensive brands actually have a better eye relief :confused:

fighterpilot562
05-17-2012, 1:54 PM
Yes try HF

AlliedArmory
05-17-2012, 2:01 PM
Konus Konuspot 80. WAYYYY better than any of those $50-$100 spotting scopes out there. You know it's a cheap one when your shooting glasses are hitting the eye piece when trying to look through it.

klewan
05-17-2012, 2:20 PM
The only clowns are the ones trying to justify being cheap. Good glass is worth every penny and you'll normally get back 90% of cost when resold. By Kowa, Konus, Nikon or Vortex if you can.

Dear Clown, you don't get back 90% of an optic; 50% is more like it. On a good day; with the wind at your back. In other words, not very often.

You've obviously never looked thru all the high price glass you mention. Have you actually looked thru them and seen the difference? When you look thru them and don't see any difference, then you start to realize you're getting ripped off. Like I mentioned about my Simmons versus the overpriced Leopold

Go buy them and see.I'd rather spend the money on ammo or another upper for my AR.

23's Dad
05-17-2012, 2:59 PM
I think that most glass in this price range is about equal. You do get what you pay for. If you can live with little to no eye relief, then you can get a scope for fairly cheap. I've been disappointed by the inexpensive scopes that I've tested or examined in the stores. It's the eye relief that I find the most annoying.

I just got the 62mm from Creedmoor Sports. I haven't had a chance to run it thru it's paces, but on some backyard tests, I've found the eye relief is phenomenal for its price.

http://www.creedmoorsports.com/shop/Creedmoor_62mm_Spotting_Scope.html

I've tried the Konus 80mm and the Celestron 80mm, and while they have wider fields of view and reasonably good images at 40x or higher magnification, the most important thing to me is eye relief.

The Creedmoor scope has better eye relief than most other zoom scopes in production. Take a look at the stats, and browse around. Most eye relief is in the 15-20mm range. This one gets 19-28mm!

My 1960's B&L Balscope zoom has pretty decent eye relief, but it's a straight tube design. I wanted the angled eyepiece, so I got the Creedmoor. Ultimately I'm leaning toward a Kowa 82SV with the LER eyepiece, but that's out of my (and the OP's) current price range.

Subscribe to the Creedmoor website, and get their weekly notices. I got that scope for $130 on sale!

BTW, I have compared my old B&L to the latest HD scopes from Zeiss, Swaro, and the Leupold 12-40x60 HD. I'm not gonna lie - they are amazing.

BrianRodela
05-17-2012, 3:38 PM
Are you referring to this 20-60 x 60mm Spotting Scope with Tripod (http://www.harborfreight.com/20-60-x-60mm-spotting-scope-with-tripod-94555.html)?

Yes, thats it. We all have to start somewhere. At 20X, it's relief is ok with glasses; as you go to 60, it's tough to pull off with them on but 20 is plenty good for 100 yards. I like the ability for it to rotate. Like I said before, at 20X, it was good for the 600 yard line and able to take in the mirage.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff25/coastermek/106__MG_0081.jpg

loosewreck
05-17-2012, 4:54 PM
I plan on getting the Redfield Rampage 20-60x 60mm.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/redfield-rampage-20-60x60mm-spotting-scope-kit.html

fpeel
05-18-2012, 2:35 PM
Add another vote for the Konus 20-60x80mm. Optics Planet regularly sells them for $229. If you shop around they can be found for ~$200. Lots of good reviews and comments on the Internet. Here's a sampling: http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=18777

The tripod that comes with it is weak though suffices well enough to get you started. Plan to replace it.

tdyoung1958
05-18-2012, 7:37 PM
I have a Leupold and never second guessed the cost. I had a "cheap" one it sucked even at 100m. Like it or not ya get what ya pay for, have used mine out past 1000m with absolutly no problem

Javi
05-18-2012, 8:15 PM
I think I might try this MidwayUSA exclusive Barsaka Blackhawk ED(On sale for $209). I guess that brand is not know for super quality optics but it gets great reviews on the site. They must have done something right with this thing:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/766437/barska-blackhawk-ed-spotting-scope-20-60x-60mm-angled-body-with-tripod-and-hard-case-rubber-armored-black?cm_vc=wishList

Currently checking out the Redfield Rampage & Lonus Konuspot mentioned here. I'd love to get a cheaper one just to focus on 100 yard shooting but no point since I want to stretch out the yardage as I get better.

1Luv4SF
05-18-2012, 8:20 PM
Around what price range does the eye relief stop sucking? I get a headache just from looking through the Simmons and comparable quality spotting scopes. I have to take my glasses off and cup my hands around the eyepiece just to see through it. It's like tunnel vision.

SURVIVOR619
05-18-2012, 8:41 PM
Harbor Freight, go ahead and laugh but for 45 bucks, it has an angled eyepiece, rotating ring, rubber coated body, descent eye relief and they work just fine. No problem seeing out to 600 yards in an HP match.

Dont you just love HF?!! Seriously one of my go-to spots for near everything.. They should sell HF ammo! Ha!


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