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    what cheap spotting scope for use out to 500 yards

    Right lads

    what are you long range shooters using.

    i will be looking for a cheap/new or a good priced second hand spotting scope for use out to 500 yards + a wee bit.

    i was looking on Amazon and there seems to be a good selection of stuff from 20 to 60 mag, what are you using mag wise and your ratings of the scope you have/or had

    this sort of thing. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-C7...potting+scopes

    thanks

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    Would you consider a second hand draw type scope so you could use it for stalking as well?

    There are several options and most of them are very reasonable money:

    Hertel and Reuss - cheap and relatively good quality. Said to be better than the Nickel but pretty much similar. Maybe 50 - 100 for a good one. Long enough to rest well when lying up and spotting. Practical and usable and great value for money though the upper end of the magnification range is really too much for the glass so it is best not to push them beyond about 40X.

    Nickel - 15 - 60 X 60 get a reasonable reputation but I've not owned one, usually make a little bit more than the Hertel and Russ but don't pay the crazy prices for one no matter how wonderful the seller claims it is. Worth probably 50 - 120 for a really really good one and they are common on the market so if you wait something suitable will come along in due course. Unless you can see the paperwork saying it has had a good refurb then don't pay serious money as they are all old and almost without fail will have the same faults and problems so the people asking 300 and more, or even anything over 150, are kidding themselves. The folks in Glasgow will probably be looking 70ish for a clean and service.

    Optolyth - Maybe a step up on the other two the 30X80 is a good spotting scope for not a lot of cash but because of the big bit of glass out front is relatively heavy and bulky. It is what I generally use. The 30X80 is more in demand than the other sizes of Optolyth as it is a 3 draw scope and so is easier to rest when lying up spotting for deer. More money than the other two and usually around 250 or more.

    The folks at the Glasgow Binocular Repair Centre can do work on all of these and so can fix most faults or clean lenses and the like for not a huge amount of money. Most of these scopes are old now, though there are still a lot of them in great condition, but they provide great engineering and what was top notch glass for their day for not a lot of cash plus they are probably not losing any more money now so if you buy one and don't like it you can probably get back what you paid for it.
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    thank you sir.

    i have never used a draw scope other than when i was a wee lad back home in scotland, but that was a long time ago.

    the scope is just for long range daylight shooting/plinking, i have to use a bench now as i have a spinal problem and my flexibility of my neck is rather restricted,

    thank you again for the information etc and i will have a think on it,

    kind regards

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    Understand Aldi have a cheapie on offer this week for 24.99 - might do the job and punch above it's weight. If not please ignore this 'heads up' ! Chris.

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    I got one of the Aldi ones when they were on offer last year - not a bad bit of kit, although I have never usex a more expensive kne so I don't know how they compare to other makes.

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    The Aldi one mentioned is 20-60 times magnification and has an object lense diameter of 60mm so at 20 mags. the exit pupil diameter of light will be 3mm.
    It has an angled eye-piece unit which would be good for neck problems.
    It also has a short tripod, a carrying case and a 3 year warranty.
    For only 24.99 what better can one expect ?

    HWH.

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    Just a word of caution prompted by bobjs mention of his spinal issue.

    I have been looking for a smallish, cheapish spotting scope and have looked at the ebay offerings. Like this: Celestron C65 Mini Mak Spotting Scope Waterproof **FREE : TRIPOD + CASE ** | eBay

    The problem is, these do not rotate in a clamp so the eyepiece is "at the top" so you are jumping up and down to spot your shot.

    I'm not saying they all lack this feature, just the ones I've looked at.
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    Summit scopes are well worth the money! I would class them as the cheap end but not the cheap and useless end....

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    cheers lads

    thank you all for the heads up hints and tips.

    I will be on the look out for one when funds permit, but all info is appreciated.

    regards

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