First off, I really like my Japanese made Vortex Viper HD's. I got the 8x42 model for a steal at cabelas a few years ago. These bino's paired with a Zeiss t-prf do well together until I can get my hands on a pair of leica HD-b's.
However, I'm looking at getting a spotting scope for glassing the ranch for pigs. It's easy to pick out a sounder with my bino's, but it is harder to spot that lone boar in the brush. I'm glassing fields and trees at around 12-1300 yards. It keeps a few miles off my boots when I get into a nice high position to glass over different areas of the ranch.
I have zero experience with a spotter. My instinct tells me to pick up the vortex razor 11-33 straight. I will be packing this spotting scope around the ranch, along with all my other crap. What do you guys use out in the field? Any suggestions?
I have the 11-33 razor straight. Love it. I mainly bought it for bowhunting the mountains out west and a truck SS for when I'm in the panhandle. In texas one of the places I hunt, I can glass and shoot up to 1700 yards from the porch. It's a valley and the far side is a large mountain. It works well for my applications, but increases your glassing time. The only draw back to the 11-33 is it has a very narrow feild of veiw at full power, compared to a 65mm or 80-85mm or your bino's. Power wise the 11-33 works great to about 1.5 miles
The size makes it very handy, but there have been several times I had wished I'd brought my 65 or a bigger SS, because your glassing time is cut in half.