Cheap(er) spotting scopes

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Re: Cheap(er) spotting scopes

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I know Merlin has already made his purchase, but I was interested and following the information given.
I don't have one, but spent some time at a Smallbore Silhouette Match looking through a Konuspot 80.
I was surprised by it's clarity - especially for it's current sale price (at Optics Planet) of $180!!!

Now I admit to not having a tremendous amount of experience with ANY spotting scope, so I'm certainly not qualified to comment - especially on comparisons of one Brand or Model to another.

Let's keep this thread going with those of you who ARE experienced with multiple, low-er cost spotting scopes.
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It is ALL in the quality of the glass, not in the power. You will see more with a quality 30X scope than a 60X cheep one.

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I have a Celestron 80mm. I am happy with it so far. Main observations are: first, it is very large. I would not want to lug it up and down a 600 yard high power range. Second, it is much more user friendly at the 20x to 30x range. Like many inexpensive scopes, at higher power the eye relief goes to nothing and the image is harder to focus. But it is working fine for basic range work.

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I got lucky and scooped the newer Kowa 800 series with the 27x IIRC long eye relief eyepiece for around $400 years ago. I looked through cheaper glass and it works well for what it cost but there are definite weak points which is why they sell the higher dollar scopes I guess. That said even the Kowa can't see a tiny bullet hole 600 yards way unless its the best of conditions. In S. LA on a humid day when we'd shoot HP the mirage is so heavy at times the animals are dancing around, one of those shoot n see stickers 3" diameter will never settle to see well in a scope much less a 6mm hole even at Turkey range lol. What I look for in clarity is the ability to see clearly enough that I can pick out distinct spots on the animals to use for making my wind call, down to a paint chip. If the shooter and spotter can both see those tiny areas clearly it is a great help zeroing in on where you want them to break the shot and gets them to focus down to just that tiny point losing focus on the target overall. That of course is much easier to see in SB then HP. When conditions are at the crappiest the best glass has an edge but even it has its limits for HP. As light fades the better glass stays brighter longer I find as well.
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After having the Celestron 100 for a while now.... I feel it resolves about the same as my 60 mm Meopta. It is twice as heavy and somewhat harder to focus properly. It cost ~210.00 vs 1000+ for the Meopta.... A bigger heavier scope requires a better tripod/mount... I'm into it for ~210.00 and may or may not keep it - if for nothing but to have a spare.
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