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Spotting Scope Help

I am looking for a nice quality spotting scope.  I really don't want to spend over 350.00.  I will be backpacking in so I would like to find one that is light.  I know (you get what you pay for).  Yes Im thinking about Redfield Rampage.  The reviews seem to be pretty good on this one.  Does anyone have this scope??  Big smile

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I have a spoting scope, it's

I have a spoting scope, it's either my third of fourth. I never carry'ed any of them hunting. To bulky even in the smaller models and to use one well you probably should have a tripod, just one more thing to carry.

I do carry binoculars a lot, mine are 8x. Leupold/Redfield is making good product's. I have a 2-7x Leupold/Redfield and it is a very good scope. I imagine Leupold is putting the same optics in them as they do in their Leupold spotting scopes.

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Thanks Don

Thanks Don!  Yeah I might just go get a really good set of bino's.   Thumbs up

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Worth the Weight

I have a spotting scope in my pack at least 80% of the time, especially if I have a buck or bull tag.  It's saved me hundreds of miles of walking.  Doe or cow hunts may not justify carrying one but otherwise I'm more likely to cary it than not.  I've used the old Redfield products - rifle scopes, spotting scopes and binoculars - but not the new ones.  That said, for the price I've got a feeling the new Redfield spotting scope might be a great deal.  Get a good tripod if/when you get the scope, plan on close to $100 for the tripod.  A cheap tripod will want to make you toss the scope off the nearest cliff but a good tripod will make an ok scope seem better that it is.

If it's a choice between a spotter or a good binocular go with the binocs but otherwise a good spotting scope is never a bad idea, even if you only use it at the range.  Oh, and get a window mount too.  Pre-season scouting from the truck lets you look at a whole bunch of country.

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Thanks Hal Fast

Thanks Hal Fast,  yeah I have been looking to buy one before I go on my elk hunt this year.  Ive heard that the Redfield Rampage is a great unit.  My little brother knows a guy that has one and he could'nt be happier.  What kind of tripod are you thinking I might need?  I want a good one that will be sturdy and as light as possible.  Another question...  I would like to be able to use my small digital camera to take pics from my spotter.  Would I be able to do that?  Thanks!

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Right now I'm using an old

Right now I'm using an old Leupold tripod that I bought as a demo from a sporting goods store at least 15 years ago. The legs only extend about 18 inches and with the center support post fully extended the tripod is about 30 inches so its pretty low.  I have to sit on the ground or put it on a big rock to make it higher.  BUT its very light and more importantly very stable with the scope I use.  Unfortunately I don't think they are being made any longer.  Even then as a floor demo model I paid about 100 bucks.   I've also gone through several several $35-50 tripods that fell apart after little use or that were so unstable that I got rid of them immediately.

I've got friends that have bigger tripods that extend up to 4 to almost 6 feet but they are also a lot heavier and bulkier which makes them more of a pain to carry which means that they don't carry them as much which means that they use my scope more often than not when out on the mountain hunting.  Those bigger tripods shine when at the range or when hunting / scouting next to roads.

I've seen a couple of tripods made of carbon fiber that were very light for their size, were pretty small when collapsed and were large enough when extended to stand behind.  They were also more than $200.  That's actually not bad as there are some going for more than $500 (addicted Coues deer hunters and extreme long range shooters use these alot).  I have a tripod made by Nikon that worked pretty well until it broke (the shoe mount broke when the scope tipped over once) and I haven't taken the time to contact Nikon yet to get it fixed or to get replacements parts.  Bottom line, take some time when shopping for thr tripod.  At the store, mount your or a store scope of similar size and check to see how bulky, light weight and stable it is.  If it wobbles around while on a flat floor in a store, think what it'll do on the side of a mountain with the wind blowing at 15 mph (and if the store won't let you set up a tripod/scope combo before buying go to another store).

Something else to consider is surface finish.  If the tripod is a smooth reflective color or finish then plan on covering it to reduce or eliminate glare - camo duct tape to the rescue!

The top end scope maufacturers make camera mounts for their scopes that enable you to attach a camera to the eye piece and take incredible photos.  I don't have one and only just started playing with using a spotting scope to take photos.  I did manage to take a couple of photos trough my scope using a little Canon digital camera that turned out pretty good - good enough that I'm going to experiment more with it in the future.  I just held the camera up to the eye piece of the scope, maneuvered it around to center the scope image in the view finder and took the shot.  I'll need more practice but first impressions are good.  Other folks here can probably answer that question better as they take more photos than I do. I'm still on the learning curve here myself.

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if your still lookin

if your still lookin for a spotting scope you might take a look at the vortex nomad, i just recently bought one, i have been looking to buy a spotting scope for some time and was set on the leupold sequoia 20-60x80 and finaly when i got the $$$ to go get it the salesman turned me off the leupold and started preaching vortex to me, is about 3/4 the size of the leupold and weighs alot less but what realy sold me was when he mounted the two up and i looked threw them both and hands down the vortex stole it, and it was about $100 cheaper, if your still intrested in a spottin scope check it out you wont be disapointed and its nice and compact for a back pack.

not to mention you can smash it aginst a rock and vortex will replace it no questions asked. 

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$$$

oh i got mine at sportsmans wearhouse for $339 by the way.

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