Best Spotting Scope for $500 or under


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Splat Shot
May 29, 2004, 05:20 PM
"Must haves" are an angled eyepiece and a large diameter objective for max light gathering. Does not have to be rubber coated or waterproof. Just want something I can see clearly through and is reliable. $500 is my limit including eyepiece etc. Any opinions on which one to get?

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stellarpod
May 31, 2004, 11:06 AM
Might take a look at the Nikon Sky & Earth. I believe I paid about $485 for my 80mm version (60mm version is substantially cheaper), including the zoom eyepiece. Seems like a pretty decent scope and includes a padded case.

stellarpod

Graystar
May 31, 2004, 11:58 AM
Ditto on the Nikon Sky & Earth. I have the 60mm with a 15x-45x zoom eyepiece. The 60mm isn't available with an angled lens, but I can attest to the clarity and quality of these scopes. They’re top notch.

Steve Smith
June 1, 2004, 05:14 PM
If you can find a Kowa TSN-1 get that one instead of the Sky and Earth.

stellarpod
June 1, 2004, 09:22 PM
Steve:

I would agree that Kowa makes some great scopes (and a few that are very average). But, the operative words in your suggestion are "If you can find a...".

What are they going for (when you can find one) these days?

stellarpod

Sven
June 2, 2004, 01:59 AM
Steve Smith spotted a Kowa 601 on eBay for me - what was it, mid 500s? Had the 25x LER eyepiece, 45 degree - love it.

Cry once and buy nice glass.

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