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    Spotting scopes

    Hey guys I am looking for some reviews on some half decent spotting scopes. I know everyone will say get the best you can afford. My budget is topping out at around $700. I have seen some good reviews of a company named Celestron does anyone have any experience with this brand or other brands that are a little more in my price range.
    Looking forward to any reviews of any decent spotters.

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    Re: Spotting scopes

    You can find used vortex razors for around $1200, there was even 1 for $800 a few weeks ago. Well worth the extra bucks! Used Bushnell elites can be found for around $400, they are pretty damn good too!
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    Re: Spotting scopes

    Not sure the quality of glass on the Celestron but i'm pretty sure they've been making telescopes since the 1950's

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    Re: Spotting scopes

    Can't vouch for the scopes but the older binos are awesome. The ones I have were made in Japan. Check to see where the scopes are made.
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    Re: Spotting scopes

    Ime, Pentax is a huge runner in the spotting scopes, mid level price with next to high end optic quality. I sit mine beside my Swarovski and can’t notice much difference at all.

    Not to long ago there was a used pentax here in the classifieds for not much more then your budget. For reference, I paid $600 for mine used years ago.

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    Re: Spotting scopes

    Yep pentax. 15-60x45 ed glass

    works well in everyway one little issue early on and warrenty tightened it up and shipped it back before season started

    owned for ten years now

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    Re: Spotting scopes

    Quote Originally Posted by islandhunter View Post
    You can find used vortex razors for around $1200, there was even 1 for $800 a few weeks ago. Well worth the extra bucks! Used Bushnell elites can be found for around $400, they are pretty damn good too!
    Where?
    From what I can tell people routinely list Razors for sale used and ask more money than I paid for mine brand new!!

    For $700 I'd look into a used Vortex Viper if you dont mind waiting for one to pop up.

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    Re: Spotting scopes

    ^^ gunnutz
    there's one on there right now for $1100
    Last edited by islandhunter; 01-29-2021 at 05:23 PM.
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    Re: Spotting scopes

    Quote Originally Posted by islandhunter View Post
    ^^ gunnutz
    there's one on there right now for $1100
    Post the link. I checked gunnuts like 5 times today

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    Re: Spotting scopes

    I'd look for a used razor. I bought a used 20-60x85 and it's impressive for the price. Never actually used it hunting yet though.
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