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    Minox MD50

    Need to get a spotting scope, and have heard these are the best for the buck. Anyways was looking and found refurbished scopes that are quite a bit cheaper, so just wondering from your guy's experience, do you think they would be ok or has anyone had refurbished before or not worth it? Go for new ones? Thanks!

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    I spent some time with a md50.

    Is this your primary scope or a "packing" only scope?

    I enjoyed the md 50 clarity but couldn't quite get used to the field of view. Or lack thereof I should say. Another bit of grief I had with the minox was the zoom was pretty tight. Once something was acquired in the picture, and you wanted to get a closer look. I (this is me personally) would get frustrated with the narrow field of view and the tight zoom and end up losing the object I desired to zoom in on. This may be a common issue with all 50mm spotters? And I lack serious patience! I only have hands on with the md50. I believe the ed50 and razor 50 have a different design that does not encompass the whole body or eyepiece to try and zoom the spotter.
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    Refurbished would be fine if the warranty was the same as new. I do have a couple minox products and they work well but aren't of that swaro, zeiss, vortex, or leica quality.

    As for the affordable 50mm spotters I have heard the same reports as you. The minox is great for the money but the best would be vortex razor or nikon 50ed but they are quite the set back financially. I have a pair of 50mm leica binos and I've used a doubler on them a few times. When the binos get to that 30 power they are substantially darker then when at the 15 power so I would strongly recommend a larger obj lens if weight and size isn't the number one factor in your spotter. Also that 30ish power doesn't always seem to be enough. I have a 80mm swaro spotter that I routinely use on 60 power and sometimes still find myself wishing I could get a bit closer view to see if the animal in sight is really worth the effort to close the distance. I prefer to have a 15 power bino for my come along optic and my spotter for early morning hill top sits.

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    Thanks for the info! I haven't had a spotter yet this will be my first, living in Minnesota I don't use a spotter, but want to get one for out west. Don't really want to spend alot being I'm just getting into Western hunting its fairly spendy all at once but want a good one. If you know what I'm saying. Something that will be good for a starter.

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    I would look more at an entry level diamondback spotter by vortex or vanguard, possibly brunton as well. As your first spotter and only spotter for a while I would opt for at least a 65mm objective. Once you get a quality 65 or 80-85 than you can look back at the 50mm for those ounces count type of hunts.

    It wont be long until you acquire a quality spotter. Its an addiction and typically you drastically notice each 100 dollar upgrade.
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    I believe cheap glass is the most expensive thing you can buy after you decide in a year or 2 your not happy with it and end up replacing it. I did this with binos years ago. I can understand that new gear gets expensive and looking for the most bang for your buck too. I have never used any of the spotters mentioned above so I cant say anything good or bad about them. The only 50 I ever had was a leupold gold ring that I didnt like at all and really it couldnt do anything my swaro 10x42 binos couldnt and I ended up returning it after using it once. I would rather go without a spotter untill I could afford a good quality one then get a lower quality one I wasnt happy with. You might want to look around for a used spotter also, I got my Ziess used for about 1/2 of a new one and it was in like new condition. Another thing to consider is how good of binos you have. If you have really good binos a lower quality spotter will look alot worse next to them then if you had lower quality binos.

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    Thanks for all the good advice! I do have 12x42 monarchs, so you think I should go with a bigger mm maybe in a cheaper brand would be better than a smaller mm in a more expensive brand? It's such a toss up, but maybe a bigger mm would been better?

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    IMO a 65mm spotter is the best all around. I would like to have a quality 50mm someday for back pack hunts only because they are lighter but its not in my budget rightnow and the 65 is light enough to pack anywhere. Whatever size you decide on I would get the best quality you can. Smaller good quality glass will do more then bigger cheaper glass and you need a good quality spotter to get a clear image at higher magnifications.

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    Thanks MM! I'll have to check out a few and see what I find!

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    How are Leupold spotters? Looking on eBay the SX-1 Germans 20-60x80mm is around 400.00 anyone know anything about them?

 

 

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