Spotting Scopes

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  1. rfagar

    rfagar Newb

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    New here...,looking for spotting scope for around $1K. Leupold, Vortex....others? Recommendations on straight vs angled? Other considerations? Thank you in advance. RA


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  2. Oldcarp

    Oldcarp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have one son that has the Leupold and another son as the Vortex. I have a old Redfield I use. There scopes are better then mine. I honestly cant tell the difference between the two as far as clarity. This might sound dumb. When the animals are feeding or bedded down and you have time, I like the angled scope. It feels more comfortable to me. If there walking and you have to get a quicker look, I like the straight. I can get on them quicker. But then again I'm old and slow and half blind :eek2:
     
  3. trial153

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    I am running an Swaro ATS with no complaints. That said if i was on a tighter budget i would get a kowa.
     
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    jstephens61 Weekend Warrior

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    Like my Leupold angled. More comfortable for me glassing long range long time. Carry 10x binos for the quick cover spotting.
     
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    TKP030 Weekend Warrior

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    I have read good reviews on Athlon ARES spotting scope. Personally i have an angled vortex razor which i would recommend but for that price range the reviews have the ARES comparing nicely to the razor. It was the first angled spotter that i had bought and won't go back to a straight, just make sure that it rotates otherwise it can be a sob to spot out of a vehicle.
    There 20-60x85 is $960 and there 15-45x65 is $720 on there website.
     
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    Rangerdan Weekend Warrior

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    Burris HD 20-60X85-also has optional 30x fixed eyepieces.
     
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    bowhunter448 Grizzled Veteran

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    I also have a Vortex Razor with an angled eye piece. Having looked through a friend's a couple of years ago, the clarity was amazing and the angle was comfortable. I haven't gotten it onto a mountain yet, but I am looking forward to with the PhoneSkope
     
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    its a little over your budget but the kowa tsn55 mm scope they released is awsome good for its size. I am thinking of selling my swaro ATS and saving a little bit of weight with 55mm kowa
     
  9. Michael Edwards

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    I've used Vortex Razor's for years. They are wonderful for the price. With that said, I have upgraded to Swarovski STS because...well Swarovski's are the best, by far hands down. If someone says different, they are lying to themselves. But when looking through glass to make your money, thats what you need. But if you are not behind them 175-200 days a year then the Vortex Razors will be some of your top end glass in that price range
     
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    I have the Vortex Viper HD 20 X 60 X 80 spotting scope and just love it. Crystal clear views and excellent resolution at extreme ranges. I bought it for long range shooting, over 1000 yards. It's perfect for the job. I also have 2 Vortex rifle scopes that ave just excellent also.
     
  11. Kyle Sinclair-Smith

    Kyle Sinclair-Smith Weekend Warrior

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    I run the 20-60*85mm Vortex Razor HD straight eye piece. I love it and it has preformed flawlessly since 2011
     

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