Which spotting scope?

Psyxologos

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#1
Hi all. I admit it. I have not got the faintest of ideas when it comes to spotting copes. I need to get something decent that will save me walking up and down to my 109 meters target when I zero my rifles or have a bit of plinking fun. I have spent thousands of pound sterling on expensive rifle scopes and range finding binoculars, but for a spotting scope I do not want to spend a penny more than I should have to. So what would you recommend is the best value for money purchase I can make? Many thanks!
 

Shropshire Dan

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#2
Hi I use a Hawke Nature Trek 20-60x80 spotting scope cost around £170 ish. Really good quality for the money. Originally bought It for my wife who is getting seriously into nature photography.
 

terrier

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#5
For the last two years at Bisley I've been using a Celestron 70 which was about £65 at Curry's. Not much pride of ownership, but I won't be getting rid of it, or upgrading any time soon.
 

Yorric

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#7
Just saw this:-

"Praktica B00513 Waterproof 15-45x60 Waterproof Spotting Scope
This product is a high-quality spotting scope that offers a 15x to 45x zoom range. All components are finely engineered to give smooth focussing and zoom transition & features an angled eyepiece for easy viewing and rubber armoured finish for protection."

Ebay number 301136880871

This is a good spec for range spotting. You don't need more than 60mm front lens & 45x is as much as you want in a budget priced scope. High magnification is useless unless you buy premium brand stuff. Practica always used to be good enough quality - I expect they still are.

Ian


 

Psyxologos

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#9
For example, I was having a look at Currys as they are having a sale right now. does anyone know if this or this are any good for the price they are offered at? I am aware that one fo them is way too large, but I am using them as an example... I have to admit I am a bit confused trying to understand what 'Eyepiece magnification' and 'Eyepiece 2 magnification' is. I thought there is one number that defines this... Any help would be mostly appreciated! Thanks again!
 
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Yorric

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#10
Psy Go to a shop that has a range of scopes & handle a few. Spend time looking through them properly at distant objects - you will soon see what is good & what is bad - just like binos! The bottom end of the market is full of very poor quality stuff that is just tat, but there are the odd gems to be found.
If you find a second hand one check that out as well - the mid range ones can sometimes be found quite cheap.
Cheap scopes are often ok for seeing bullet holes at 100 yards but a good one will let you see them at 200 or 300.
Go look through these --- Discount Cameras, Lenses and Accessories - Canon Nikon Panasonic - Mathers of Lancashire
(RSPB stuff is usually ok quality) at Mathers in Lancaster.

Ian
 
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weeman

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#11
Have you been into lambertslancaster.co.uk in town mate. He does good deals and sells second hand gear.
Ive dealt with him a couple of times and he's been great to deal with.
 

Humpers

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#12
I suggest you have a look at the Acuter range of scopes as they're very decent quality for the price (starting at about £100). Avoid the really cheap scopes as they simply won't be clear enough for bullet holes at 109m. And as people have already said, consider secondhand as there are some bargains to be had, but it's essential to try before you buy. You'll need to budget for a tripod if you haven't already got one as the scope needs to be dead still to be of any use.
 
#13
Brilliant suggestions, thanks. Yes, these places in town have very nice stuff, and they know what they are talking about. I have been there and most likely this is where I will end up buying from. Thanks.
 

Yorric

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#15
greenkat 22x60 was always fav with the rimfire target shooters
Now you're talking! Not only good for rimfire work - fine for up to long range! I have one that I still use as a knock about for leaving on the firing point at club shoots. 20x, 40x & 60X eyepieces on a turret.
A bit rare nowadays but they do work well. If you can find one it will often come with a good folding range tripod. Very stable & ergonomically better than most flimsy modern tripods.

Ian
 

paul walker

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#16
I bought one of those Aldi/lidl 20-60x60 spotting scopes awhile ago, it is fine for .17 holes at 100m. It was about £20. Lidl have them in stock again at the moment.
 
#17
I went to Lmberts and got myself an Olivon t80 (20-60x80) spotting scope. It feels great to work with and the detail is great. I paid £170 (second hand) for it and got a very decent tripod with it thrown in. All in all very happy.
 

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