Im in the market for a spotting scope, to be used at the range and for hunting out west. While i cant justify spending big money on Zeiss or Swarovski, I do plan on spending $500-$600 on a nice scope.
I'm not sure what magnification I should go with. Is a 20x60x80 too much? I've read some reviews, that say you can pick up a 'mirage' effect once you get to that high of magnification. Would a 15x45 or 18x36 be a better choice. I will also purchase a tri-pod with this scope.
I plan on using this scope more for hunting/scouting than at the range. I can shoot roughly 300 yrds. at our target range, but I also dont mind walking down to check the target if needed. Here in the wooded flatlands of central wisc. its not an issue, but I may be hunting North Dakota with a buddy, and we will be able to glass for a couple miles in each direction from a lookout point, and am also planning on going elk hunting in Co next year.
Just looking for any advice/recommendations from you guys/gals with experience with spotting scopes may have. Thanks for your time
Take care, jayjay