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    What do you look for in a spotting scope?

    The article in the most recent Eastmans' has me looking around at spotting scopes, and when I search I have not seen this exact question brought up:

    When you are looking for a spotting scope, what do you look for. How do you evaluate that scope, and what are the features that you have to have, what are those that are nice to have, and what those features you would pass on.

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    Evaluate them by using at dusk side by side with others, reviews, and customer service reviews. Finding the best optical performance is the main feature I am interested in. After that there are lots of other factors to take into account such as warranty, focus nobs, angle or straight eyepiece, zoom range, obj diameter (affects weight, light gathering, size), price, resale prices, brand recognition, cost of accessories (cases, digiscoping brackets), ect ect. Most of these other factors are personal preference and may also depend on the type of hunting you do.

    I don't think there are many features that are offered with some scopes but not others. The only features I can think of that may not come standard with some scopes are a view finder and sun shade. The bells and whistles (if there are any) of a spotter are largely the same from brand to brand except for the price and optical clarity.

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    One thing is a lifetime warranty and a company that backs it. I have had an excellent experience with Swarovski in the warranty end of things and so far a very good experience with Vortex. Hard to beat those brands.
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    Low light performance and blur comparisons at 50x and up. Once you crank glass up past 50x you really can see the difference. Most glass gets cloudy or blurry at those powers.
    Last edited by ScottR; 04-17-2014 at 12:12 PM.

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    This morning we used the Dialyt from Zeiss, it is an office favorite. Brandon and Ike really like that it is tough as nails.

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    I usually look for deer and elk in mine.,,,,GRIN!

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    What do you look for in a spotting scope?…...I look for deer in a spotting scope.


    I was reading the recent topics and that is my 15 year old son's reply was. It made me laugh. It will probably make you groan.

    EDIT: I see post #6 beat us to the joke…lol.
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    If you were hunting antelope would you still look for deer or elk in your spotting scope? LOL! I was just thinking sometihng like that too and both of ya beat me to it!
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