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spotting scope

Looking for feed back if you have a nikon,bushnell,pentax,leupold,burris,ect.ect.like to know what you think of it what it cost???. ::help1 

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spotting scope

WOW!!! no buddy has a spotting scope whoda thunk it!!!.  Confused

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In my personal opinion unless

In my personal opinion unless you are into goat or sheep hunting a spotting scope is unnecessary.  A good pair of binoculars will do you quite well, and I mean a good pair.  Now saying that I will admit that I do have one and it is a Bushnell Discover 15-60 power that I bought over 20 years ago and it usually just collects dust in the closet unless it is a snowy day and I want to watch the elk on the mountain to the south of my house and then I just set it up in the window. 

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thanks

THANKS for your opinion. were I hunt white tail and mulei were in river hills and farm land we do lots of long distant looking. I have a good pair of binos, we were looking at a mulei the other day new he had bone but couldn't quit tell if we should get existed or keep looking.I thought MYBE if I had spotting scope we could have had a better look .but if a scope wont show me any more than the binos I dont need something else to carry around.so thought Id see what others thought befor I ran out and bought one . THANKS

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Don't get me wrong if you are

Don't get me wrong if you are in a posistion where you can see a lot of country from a road or hill top a spotting scope will bring the animals right on top of you.  You can't compare a pair of 10 power binoculars to a 15 or 20 power spotting scope as far as getting a better look.  But I just don't really see the need for them.  If you are out hiking you'll need a tripod along with the scope to hold it steady and with the rest of what I pack on a hunt when I am hiking I just don't see the need for the higher power.  Now if you want to swap the rifle for a scope then it wouldn't be anything extra for you to pack.  But usually when I either fill my tag or don't have one I will pack a shotgun just for birds. 

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Optics

I don't use them myself, so I can't help you. You might want to try posting this in the Optics forum;

http://www.biggamehunt.net/forums/weapons-firearms-optics-forum/optics

W Canada tends to be a regional interest kind of place and doesn't get the traffic other forums do.

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I actually have two Burris

I actually have two Burris spotting scopes.  I have the 20x60x80 and the 12x24x50.  I like them both alot.  the 20x60 is a bit big fot taking a field while hunitng but is great fior the range or for scouting or just wildlife viewing.  Is does hower tend tbe very touchy when turned up to 60, but man you can see alot with it.  the 12x24 is great for packing along on a hunt, does not weigh much and is very compact I pack along a small tripod just in caase need to get a better look at something a far.  Burris is made in my hometown so I like to buy from them, and they have taken real good care of me on some isses I had with my binocs and one of my spotting scopes. 

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I have a burris 12x24x50, i

I have a burris 12x24x50, i used it a little bit this year, it didnt really do me any good though, the country i hunt is more mountains and timber land, my binos worked better for me in this area. but when i found areas that i could use them they worked great. i could see for miles it seemed like. they would come in handy if i hunt a different part of my state where its more open. good luck to you.

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If you are in an area where

If you are in an area where you can see a long ways than a spotting scope can only help you be a more effective game finder. I have had the opportunity to use many different brands and set ups through working with the National Park Service and Division of Wildlife on bighorn sheep. Sheep research requires you to use a spotting scope... and you want a good one or you are going to have a migrane and be squinting for weeks after the project is over. I have been blessed with the opportunity to use both Swarofski and Zeiss. If you tried to make me choose between the two I could not. All I can say is that they are by far the best optics I have ever put to my eye. I have also used scopes of very poor quality such as one marketed under the Winchester name. These will just strain your eyes. Nikon makes some good mid range scopes and I have a very good Nikon scope being shipped to me now. I will let you know what I think of it when I get it.

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I prefer Leupold.  I dont

I prefer Leupold.  I dont have a Leupold spotting scope, but have a rifle scope and it is clear glass.  Also, my mountain goat guide had a Leupold spotting scope so I got to use it on my recent hunt and even though it was a older well used model, it was high quaility and certainly offered a view that my binos couldn't. 

If you buy the best spotting scope you possible can afford then it is likely to be a lifetime purchase.  If you buy a less quality scope you'll be upgrading it sometime soon so just buy the best now.

The quality of the glass really makes a difference and there is a sponsor on here that offers some good prices on scopes.

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