Your price range is something of an in between spot for Zeiss, not a lot to choose from. It is the high end for the Terra but a little too low for the HD5(other than Doug's deal). So based on the parameters I would probably go Leupold. I would rather have an HD5 than a VX-3 though if the ante is upped somewhat.
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