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    Spotter testing

    I'm looking at getting a new spotter. I know there has been lots of posts about what do you think of this spotter, however I am open to feedback on spotters. However, I have the opportunity to be able to test most of the spotters at my house. Got a buddy who works at cabelas!

    My question is how would one go about testing and evaluating each spotter to pick one.

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    Side by side comparison then narrow down by what you can afford
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    Get them side by side away from the store. Compare in good light and poor light. If you can get your hands on a resolution chart, do it and do a comparison at 50 yards and 100 yards. If you can't get a chart, then find something with fine detail around 50-100 yards away and compare. Then find something around 500 yards away and do the same. Then a mile. This isn't just for comparing spotter models, but also trying to find the best particular unit of the model you want, if you have multiple units available.

    Optimally, you could learn how to do a proper star test and check each unit for optical aberrations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    Get them side by side away from the store. Compare in good light and poor light. If you can get your hands on a resolution chart, do it and do a comparison at 50 yards and 100 yards. If you can't get a chart, then find something with fine detail around 50-100 yards away and compare. Then find something around 500 yards away and do the same. Then a mile. This isn't just for comparing spotter models, but also trying to find the best particular unit of the model you want, if you have multiple units available.

    Optimally, you could learn how to do a proper star test and check each unit for optical aberrations.
    Thanks! I was hoping you would respond. I seem to remember in past posts you had lots of knowledge with optics. I'll have to google resolution chart and star test to figure out what the heck those are.

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    A google search won't be enough for star testing. I have an entire academic reference text on the subject.

    http://www.amazon.com/Star-Testing-A.../dp/0943396905

    As far as resolution charts, the Air Force 1951 Standard Resolving Power Chart is the gold standard.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1951_US...ion_test_chart

    These are some of the steps I take to test scopes, but you could just look through a bunch of them and choose the one that tickles your fancy. Might be easier.
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    Dam BB why to I feel freakin stupid after reading that last post? Brainiac! Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Dam BB why to I feel freakin stupid after reading that last post? Brainiac! Lol
    I'm with you. My head hurts a little after reading that post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    I'm looking at getting a new spotter. I know there has been lots of posts about what do you think of this spotter, however I am open to feedback on spotters. However, I have the opportunity to be able to test most of the spotters at my house. Got a buddy who works at cabelas!

    My question is how would one go about testing and evaluating each spotter to pick one.
    Spotters are only has good as the amount of money you can spend. Optics are somthing i've skimmped on once or twice and I always regret it. I've had all the "big brands" spotters and i loved them, but honestly they are not worth 2000 to me. I've had a vortex i got for 1000 and its the best spotter i've had. its light, its short. i've got other ways to test them since your going to be taking them home, pm me if you wanna chat more in depth

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    How I would go about it:

    Does it fit in my pack?
    What does it weigh?
    How much light does it gather v. how much I need?
    How much usable magnification does it have? I find that 25-30X is plenty. Your mileage may vary.
    How much resolution does it have? Can I see the details I need to see?
    What does it cost?
    What else do i need to buy? Eye pieces, tripod, etc.
    Where can I get it cheap v. local sales and service?

    I ended up with an open box Nikon Tactical Fieldscope 20-45x, 60mm ED from Cameraland.
    What is right for me, might not be for you.

 

 

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