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Spotting Scope
From: Mitch
Date: 25 Mar 2002
Time: 00:41:12 -0500
Comments: I am looking for the best and lightest 20x60 scope.Anybody have any info or opinions?
Thanks, Mitch

Re: Spotting Scope
From: shu
Date: 25 Mar 2002
Time: 14:10:52 -0500
Comments: Mitch-- Both Swarovski and Leica are coming out with compact scopes that should weigh right around 2.5# with eyepiece and will probably be about as good as they get.
The Nikon Fieldscope III is in the same class optically but not as well built in my opinion (I have had some bad luck with Nikon products).
Too bad Leupold stopped making their compact 20x. RE:Spotting Scope
From: Nick
Date: 25 Mar 2002
Time: 17:08:02 -0500
Comments: I bought a Nikon XL spotter to go to Alaska cause I wanted light and it was all I could spend at the time. I also took my 10x50 Swarovski Binocs. It turned out I could see way better detail at ANY distance with the binoculars than i could with the Nikon spotting scope.
Swarovski is coming out with the ATS65 & STS65 Spotting scope in a couple of months. They will have 20X, 30X, or 20-60X,eyepieces and weigh roughly 39 ozs. They are pricey but well worth it for their clarity and quality.
If you don't own a pair of this quality binoculars yet, I would suggest buying a pair before buying any spotter. You will be amazed what a differance top quality glasses will make over mid-priced versions. You may find you can live without the spotter, and you will use the binocs constantly.
I will eventually buy a spotter,probably this new STS65, but a Tipi is first. By the way, I traded off that Nikon Spotter.Re: Spotting Scope
From: GreatNW
Date: 25 Mar 2002
Time: 17:56:56 -0500
Comments: Spotters, they drive me crazy! Should have one, usually carry one, hardly ever use it. I'm with Nick on this one in that a top of the line binocular does about as well as a spotter in a lot of circumstances. I've got the B & L Elite version of the Nikon XL (I'd make a strong bet they are all coming from the same factory). Great at 15-25x but the image breaks up quickly after that. I've had the Celestron version(with ED glass even) of the old Leupold 20x60 roof prism spotter. It was good, but the Elite is noticably brighter and crisper at 20x because of the phase coated prism. Still, I think it should be better. We have the Leupold 20x50's at the range and they are not as good as the Elite. I'm tempted to go with something like the Celestron c90 with two eyepieces, but it is 4+ inches in diameter and supposedly a little more fragile. But the view is better, especially at higher magnifications. Chris at SWFA says that the Elite is the best spotter for hunters under $400 out there and he is a good judge of performance vs. dollars. Hey, I think I just talked myself into a new spotter?! Anybody else recommending anything that is working for them that is not 80mm, very heavy and $1000 dollars? Re: Spotting Scope
From: shu
Date: 25 Mar 2002
Time: 18:51:35 -0500
Comments: Kowa makes a very good scope. Their 20x66mm model is very comparable to what Swarovski and Leica are coming out with but is priced at around $600. Re: Spotting Scope
From: muddy_spud
Date: 25 Mar 2002
Time: 20:21:42 -0500
Comments: This has been a good discusion on the virtues of bino's versus spotters and here is my take on it. I'm probably a little different here than most as in the fact that i don't use bino's when i am hunting. I tried them first (Leupold golden rings) and really didn't have the success I had hoped for.
My reasoning is that with binos they were too handy and I didn't spend enough time really searching each shadow for animals. I also feel that the wider field of view convinced me I had really looked over an area well when in fact I hadn't done much looking at all.
The additional hassle of setting up the spotter and tripod and then getting in position to use it seems to make me more patient once I get started. I know I look more carefully with the spotter and hence have found alot more animals to chase. Again the narrower field of view makes me focus my attention more closely and I find critters that I probably would have missed with binos.
I use an old Redfield 15x45 right now, but with enough OT this summer I'm hoping to upgrade. (probably to Leupold) Hope this helps.

RE:Spotting Scope
From: Paul
Date: 26 Mar 2002
Time: 09:04:05 -0500
Comments: Nick,  excellent advise. Top quality binocs like Swarovski, or Leica are a must.

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