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    New Spotting Scope under $500

    Im new to hunting out west and get by just fine with my 10x42 Binos in the midwest what spotting scope does anyone reccomend I purchase for my upcoming trip out west! Im new to spotting scopes so size brand and warranty would be great to know. Your experience is valued. Thanks

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    Hey rackman, welcome to the best forum on the web. What type of hunting are you planning on doing out west? I think your best bet would be a Nikon ed50. They are typically more than 500$. I know natchezss had them for 400 refurbished with a straight eye piece. I do not know if they have anymore. You can also check eBay, they usually have them for around your price range refurbished or used. That glass IMO packs the best bang for the buck and for performance and size. You can buy a larger objective but I think you will get more out of the nikon ed50 than you will out of any other bigger glass in the sub 500$ range. That's my .02 cents. Your other option is to wait and save more money on a higher end scope. The best you can afford will always be sorry enough is what my dad always tells me.

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    Thanks for the advice Ive been reading most of your threads in the optics forum I cant tell you how much i appreciate the help. This is a great forum. Elk is my first choice then Mulies!

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    Vortex or ED50, IMO.

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    If you go the Nikon route, check with camofire.com... you can view their past deals and look at the Nikon spotting scopes and email them and see which ones they have left. I did that the other day and they had some that they hadn't even had in the "daily deals." You can get a $500 spotting scope for like half off....

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    Vortex Nomad is a great scope at very affordable price, Also I second the Camofire.com. Great website!

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    As a former Vortex Nomad owner, I was not really impressed with that scope. I think you could do a lot better with your budget.

    I like DrH's ED50 recommendation. I just about can't believe this deal:

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...dID=NK8303BR01

    If you can find a Pentax PF 65 ED in your price range, it is also a great option.

    The Celestron Regal ED is also a great value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    As a former Vortex Nomad owner, I was not really impressed with that scope. I think you could do a lot better with your budget.

    I like DrH's ED50 recommendation. I just about can't believe this deal:

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...dID=NK8303BR01

    If you can find a Pentax PF 65 ED in your price range, it is also a great option.

    The Celestron Regal ED is also a great value.
    BB what were the con's for you on the Nomad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocka View Post
    BB what were the con's for you on the Nomad?
    The biggest issue I had was chromatic aberration (CA). Color fringing was visible in the center of the field, and noticeable at the edge.

    There was also noticeable field curvature. The eyepiece was optimized somewhere in the middle of the magnification range and the scope lost resolution at the high end. Depth of field was also pretty shallow, so I was always messing with the focus.

    A lot of these problems are common ones in the Nomad's price range, and it isn't really a bad scope compared to many or most in its price range. The scopes I listed above just correct aberrations much better than the Nomad, especially CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    The biggest issue I had was chromatic aberration (CA). Color fringing was visible in the center of the field, and noticeable at the edge.

    There was also noticeable field curvature. The eyepiece was optimized somewhere in the middle of the magnification range and the scope lost resolution at the high end. Depth of field was also pretty shallow, so I was always messing with the focus.

    A lot of these problems are common ones in the Nomad's price range, and it isn't really a bad scope compared to many or most in its price range. The scopes I listed above just correct aberrations much better than the Nomad, especially CA.
    Your expertise is always appreciated! Your are so much smarter than the guy behind the counter trying to sell you the scope haha! Thanks for the info.

 

 

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