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Best Spotting Scope without breaking the bank

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by carbine85, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. carbine85

    carbine85 Senior Member

    Jul 1, 2007
    Southwest, Ohio
    I'm shopping for a good spotting scope. My Barska crap isn't cutting it. What scope do you guys use? I'm looking for something under $250.00. Usually 300 yards or less is what I'm shooting. I have access to 500 yards.
  2. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Sep 10, 2008
    SW Arizona
    A Leupold 15x45x60 can be had for under $300. and they aren't bad. Plus you can up grade the eye piece later down the road if you decide you want a bit mroe clarity. They are 100% water proof, so you can litterally wash them off under running water without concern, nitrogen filled and "O" ring sealed, and covered by Leupold's legendary warrenty.
    I have one and it does real well for spotting target groups at 300 yds.. I owned a cheap Bushnell some years ago and it was crapola.

  3. mjw930

    mjw930 New Member

    Dec 24, 2012
    In a word, Celestron. The C90 Mak is probably the best sub $300 scope out there. You can pick it up on Amazon for $149!



    I use the C70 up to 200 yards and it's great and only set me back $80!

    The Maksutov-Cassegrain design lets far more light in than a typical refracting scope and the amount of light at long range is critical to being able to actually see detail. Celestron, although mostly being Chinese built, have a long reputation for quality optics.
  4. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Senior Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    North Central Ohio
    I agree with gamestalker. I paid $336.45 for a Leupold "Sequoia" 20-60x80mm spotting scope with the angled eyepiece from Sinclair Intl. last year. Yes, there are better scopes out there, optically speaking-but not at this price imo. As gamestalker noted, completely waterproof and guaranteed for life; this Leupold is hard to beat for the money.

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