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    Spotting scope opinions

    Team, Iím in the market for a spotting scope & would love to go buy a Swarovski but alas itís a bit out of my range!

    Funds allow me $1,000 tops to spend.

    Last year when I was at shot show last year I looked through the vortex stand & thought they had good optics.

    At the moment Iím eyeing up a Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Angled Spotting Scope - V500 as an option.

    Anyone got one of those they use?

    What are you thar & chamois hunters using?

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    A mate won won at a comp which he sold on here last year. It was pretty nice. The easiest spotter to get behind is a leupold gold ring 12-40x65. It’s a straight scope. I have the mk4 version with reticle. Another option i have seen was the Nikon monarch one I think it was hunting and fishing had in that price range, compact light and pretty decent.

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    I would save a little longer and spend a bit more. $1000 gets you pretty average quality. These shots are from a Vortex Razor, but the Vortex Viper is nothing to scoff at for around $1650. The razor goes for closer to $3000 Not my photos.
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    Not a traditional "hunting" brand but very reputable glass

    Kowa, comes in many forms and price brackets probably dont compare a 501 ( for about $550 ) to a more expensive spotter but 601 etc start at about $1200
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    have a look at the sightron spotting scopes. they have mint glass for the dollars

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    Save some more money @Seventenths if you can wait , depending on what you are trying to do but if you are trying to judge animals at long range with say a 50 power zoom it’s even hard with a Swarovski to see the little details , cheaper glass will mean you need to get closer which kinda of defeats the whole purpose.

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    has anyone yet tried out the cheap green ones on trademe??? at less than $200 it almost worth the gamble they might be ok....

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    The $1000 vortex diamondbacks are very average. I’d be amazed if those ones on Trademe are much chop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    has anyone yet tried out the cheap green ones on trademe??? at less than $200 it almost worth the gamble they might be ok....
    Quote Originally Posted by McNotty View Post
    The $1000 vortex diamondbacks are very average. I’d be amazed if those ones on Trademe are much chop.
    I would tend to agree with you @McNotty, except, I guess its what you want it to do with them.
    I watch a fenceline on a hill exactly 2.4 km from my back door. I was glassing it with Tasco 10x42 and was able to pick up deer in the day light.

    I took a punt and brought a pair of Konus 10-30x60 Newzoom binoculars for $179 and while they are no spotting scope, balanced on a shooting stick I can now even make out rabbits on the hill 2.4 km away and can still spot deer going into twilight.
    Now these binoculars are far from perfect and can be a bugger to adjust the focus at times - very sensitive - but for the purpose that I brought them suits me admirably.

    Would a $1000 pair do better? Absolutely, except I was never going to be able to afford that money for this particular task.
    In this instance $179 was a good investment for me as it gets the job done, so much so that I would even consider a Konus spotting Scope......but again it depends on what you want it for.

    And whilst on the subject of what these binoculars can do, I also watch skiers on Mount Hutt both on the ski lift and skiing down the mountain from my back door......distance.....28.48 km.

    Again, I concede, if I had the money, I would most definitely get something more up market, but if the funds aren't available there are other tools out there that can do the job, though just not with as much ease and finesse.

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    Thought about using a camera? like the nikon p900. Under 1k and plenty of zoom

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    Nikon is another cheaper option I have an ED50 very compact and lightweight but not the magnification of bigger scopes, there are multiple nikon eyepieces that are available for it and you can buy the eyepieces and body separately, i did this, found a near new body out of japan on ebay and managed to sneek in under the customs limit for both parts. https://www.rokslide.com/forums/thre...nox-md50.5613/

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    Quote Originally Posted by In2thewild View Post
    Thought about using a camera? like the nikon p900. Under 1k and plenty of zoom
    our cannon camera on full zoom (60x) is about the same as 10x binos...eg you cant get any better view... you run out of optical zoom and just get pixals bigger so it gets grainy fast.

 

 

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