Sub $500 Spotting scope recommendations ?

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  1. RPRNY

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    My Barska 20-60 is becoming even less reliable and was never any good. Time for an upgrade.

    I really only use it on the range and rarely out past 300 yards. I do not need and cannot afford Zeiss Swarovski etc. So, recommendations for a good angle view spotting scope under $500 please. Personal experience highly valued.
     
  2. Newtosavage

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    Celestron makes some very good scopes for much less than $500.

    If I were spending $500 on a scope, I'd find a used Leupold on feeBay - the one with the folded light path.

    For new scopes, the Nikon Prostaff is pretty solid with very good optics.

    If weight is a consideration, Leupold makes a 15-30x50 compact for under $500
     
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    Konus is another good option in this price range.
     
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    That Celestron Regal is the same price point as the Vortex Diamondback 20-60x80. Can anyone compare and contrast?
     
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    I'm a big fan of Vortex, and their warranty. Hard to beat IMO. I'd try to look through a diamondback if i were in your shoes.
     
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    If you haven`t looked all ready, Check out the "Natchez" site. They have plenty.
     
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    Look around for a used one . I picked up a really nice Bushnell Spacemaster ll with the hard to find 22X w.a. eye piece for $80 at an estate sale. Not sure what power it is, but I can see my shot's at 300 yards just fine.
     
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    I'd also look for a local used one. Bird watchers generally have the best optics. I'd check in with you local bird groups.
     
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    Have a line on a Kowa TS-611.
     
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    Set the hook on that line. Kowa scopes are the de facto standard scopes used in highpower competition. There are better scopes out there but they are expensive.

    I have a 15 year old 611 and it's still a good scope today.
     
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    I have a celestron, it's a very good scope for the price
     
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    Hooked and reeling in the Kowa from a THR member. Thanks for the good advice and experience.
     
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    I figured, why go for super expensive glass and a big-bucks spotting scope for the range, if a lesser priced one will work just fine for my use? So.... I picked up a Redfield "Rampage" (if I remember correctly, it's goes up to 40X) for $179 on sale. Normally $199. It has been a great scope for the money, and it is just fine out to 300 yards. It's bright enough for the gloomy days we have in the Pacific N.W., and I don't worry a lot about taking great care of it. It has a rubberized coating, it's pretty sharp and bright, and it comes with a bench tripod. Excellent buy in my opinion.
     
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    I bought the celestron 65 for a similar application you are asking about and I am happy with it. ~$140 off amazon.

    Celestron 52248 65mm Ultima Zoom Spotting Scope

    For $300, you can get the
    Celestron 52252 100mm Ultima Zoom Spotting Scope

    Celestrons are pretty well rated and like I said, I am happy with mine.

    Now to be fair, I used a $40 spotting scope for a long time so for me this was a significant upgrade and I already had a nice tripod.

    Dave
     
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