View Full Version : Tasco Vs. Konus Spotting scope

05-17-2007, 4:27 PM
now that im playing with .223 and even .17hmr, i will be looking at some tiney little holes out to 300? usually 100/200yds.

Looking into spotting scopes,... I have a cheapy BSA ($50) that is not cutting it anymore...

looks like 20-60x80 is a nice price/performance point... So far top choices are:

Tasco World Class WC206080 $130
Konus Konusport 7120 was $130 now $220 (one heck of a price raise)...

for the money, will the Tasco cut the mustard?

05-17-2007, 5:44 PM
There's no way you're going to see 22cal holes on paper with even some of the high dollar spotting scopes in your average conditions. With luck, you may be able to make out a 22cal at 300 with a 60x eyepiece and no mirage and the appropriate lighting.

If you want to guarantee that you see holes at 200 and 300, you will NEED extra low dispersion glass on the spotting scope with high magnification.

I use a Kowa 821 with a 27x long eye reilef eyepiece and I can make out 22cal holes at 200, but not 300. Then again, I don't use a spotting scope beyond 200 yards to see bullet holes. I use it to see mirage.

05-17-2007, 11:39 PM
take a look at the celestron ultima series

05-18-2007, 9:44 AM
My friend Todd Spotti reviewed the Celestron C90. The sample he actually reviewed had a third party eyepiece, IIRC. He said the scope was incredible. It's not a 'field' scope perse. If you look at the pictures of it, you'll see it's not meant to be dragged around in the field for hunting or tactical use.

But it should serve fine for range use, and maybe even for a spotter/scorer/team/coach scope.

The article is featured in the most recent IHMSA newsletter. I just emailed my friend to see if he has the review posted somewhere. I'll post a link to the review if and when it's online.

Oh, and the Celestron C90 is about $300 or so depending on the eyepiece.

05-18-2007, 9:52 AM
Here's a basic package from Optics Planet:


$200 with a 37x eyepiece. I'm almost positive that this is not the eyepiece my friend used for his review. The quality of the eyepiece makes a huge difference. Whether or not the 37x eyepiece that comes with this scope from Optics Planet is any good is unknown.

05-18-2007, 2:14 PM
the 65 or 80 series is much more rugged, they're even waterproof.

Agreed I still wouldnt drag it around, but I just need it for the range.

If size is a concern get the 65.