Hey B-I-L. Where did you find a Zeiss Conquest 4x14x50??? I like Zeiss..
Slightly more than you mentioned but cameralandny has a Demo zeiss HD5 3-15x42 for 699. No tax or shipping.
I know lots of people like the leupold vx-3 but I am not a fan. The glass is not as good as others and the field of view is horrible. I don't carry bino's so I use my scope a lot.
You could also go with the vortex viper HS 6-24x50 that SWFA has on clearance for $399. Its a little heavier and bulkier but a good scope for the money.
There are several other good options out there but these are the two I would chose. Good luck