I'm looking to upgrade my Leupold Sequoia spotter and wanted to get some opinions on what was best. I will pack it on western hunts for use on a tripod, and on some mid-west deer hunts also. It will also get lots of use on a window mount scouting whitetail in low light conditions. When scouting whitetail I rarely look over 3/4 of a mile, mostly around a half mile. Anyway, the two listed are just a couple I'd been looking at and wanted to get some opinions. I want to stay under the 40oz weight and have an easy to pack design which is steering me away from some of the 65mm or bigger scopes.

What's the best scope under $1200 and under 40oz?
Is HD glass worth the extra $?

Thanks for any help you guys can give me.