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#7058101 - 01/29/18 11:56 PM $500 spotting scope
chital_shikari Offline
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I am fairly certain I'm going to buy a spotting scope this year. It's gotta be 20-60x80mm. I've decided on a $500 budget because the el-cheapo glass at public ranges is crap and if I wanted to save money I'd get one of those and because $500<$800.

The three that are most appealing to me are Leupold SX1 Ventana, Nikon ProStaff 5, and Vortex Diamondback (in this order). Here's a few reasons why:
>with starter kits I can get them at about $500
>have Leupold, Nikon, and Vortex glass currently, really like their products
>I like these three brands

Any other recommendations in this budget of $500, which is to say <$625?
The primary use of this scope will be at the shooting range from 100-600yd and if I'm ever fortunate enough, then a hunting trip that requires such hefty glass.

Thank you

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#7059185 - 01/30/18 06:19 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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I had two buddies with Diamondbacks and they each sold it and bought Razors.

I've had the Razor 16-48 and a Nikon 13-40x. Both would do the job you are looking to do for the rifle range.

You can probably find a Viper HD used in that price range which would be in between the Diamondback and Razor.

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#7059236 - 01/30/18 07:03 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: duckhunter175]
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Originally Posted By: duckhunter175
I had two buddies with Diamondbacks and they each sold it and bought Razors.

I've had the Razor 16-48 and a Nikon 13-40x. Both would do the job you are looking to do for the rifle range.

You can probably find a Viper HD used in that price range which would be in between the Diamondback and Razor.
Thank you!

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#7059448 - 01/30/18 08:51 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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I agree with duckhunter. I own diamondback binocs and love them, but looking through the diamondback spotting scope was less than stellar.

I bought a Razor 11-33 spotting scope used for $400. Stupid good glass for the money, but you do give up on magnification, although I'm sure if you're looking to do range work then I think the 33x max is plenty. If you're not willing to do that, I'd side with duckhunter and suggest a used Viper (though I haven't looked through one, I can imagine it's probably a good middle ground). But unless you need high mag, the lower-mag razor glass should not be ignored.

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#7059866 - 01/31/18 08:33 AM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
I agree with duckhunter. I own diamondback binocs and love them, but looking through the diamondback spotting scope was less than stellar.

I bought a Razor 11-33 spotting scope used for $400. Stupid good glass for the money, but you do give up on magnification, although I'm sure if you're looking to do range work then I think the 33x max is plenty. If you're not willing to do that, I'd side with duckhunter and suggest a used Viper (though I haven't looked through one, I can imagine it's probably a good middle ground). But unless you need high mag, the lower-mag razor glass should not be ignored.
Thank you!

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#7059876 - 01/31/18 08:41 AM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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I have the Leupold you're looking at and I really like it. I got mine as a demo from Cameraland and came in greatly under your budget. Shop around, there are deals to be had!
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#7059889 - 01/31/18 08:48 AM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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#7061262 - 02/01/18 12:48 AM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: SingleShot85]
chital_shikari Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
I have the Leupold you're looking at and I really like it. I got mine as a demo from Cameraland and came in greatly under your budget. Shop around, there are deals to be had!
Awesome, just the review I need. I will most likely go this route, thank you!
Originally Posted By: SingleShot85
will look at that!

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#7062297 - 02/01/18 06:43 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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You can get a razor 11-33 for 499 right now

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#7062361 - 02/01/18 07:18 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: Cleric]
chital_shikari Offline
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
You can get a razor 11-33 for 499 right now
Thank you!

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#7062491 - 02/01/18 08:39 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: Cleric]
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
You can get a razor 11-33 for 499 right now


From where? If that's the one from Cameraland it's gone.


Edited by TXBoss (02/01/18 09:21 PM)
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#7062566 - 02/01/18 09:35 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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Didnít know they just had one. They put them on sale from time to time

I bought a demo from them that I would have thought was new

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#7062580 - 02/01/18 09:44 PM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: chital_shikari]
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It wasn't from their inventory. They took on another stores inventory and listed it. Neil told me they aren't going to carry Vortex anymore.. or at least for the time being.
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#7062731 - 02/02/18 06:22 AM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: TXBoss]
Cleric Offline
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Originally Posted By: TXBoss
It wasn't from their inventory. They took on another stores inventory and listed it. Neil told me they aren't going to carry Vortex anymore.. or at least for the time being.


explains why the prices were lower then usual.... wonder what happened

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#7062827 - 02/02/18 07:52 AM Re: $500 spotting scope [Re: Cleric]
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Probably why Doug has been pimping Athlon so hard.

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