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tk421991 10-04-2012 09:31 PM

Spotting Scope
 
I had a pretty good day at the range today. 17/20 hit the silouette target at 200 yards, and 31/40 hit the 12" square roundrel target at 100 yards. I could've done better at 100 yards, but I shot in 2 big 20 round strings because I wanted to shoot and not walk back and forth.

Which brings me to the topic of this thread, spotting scopes.

As some of you know, I shoot at a gun club and there's always a pistol shooter or two at the range. So, I can't walk back and forth after every 5 shots. It's also a long walk to do on a regular basis, especially 200 yards.

The only optics companies I know are Leupold, Zeiss and Swarovsky. So, what's a good spotting scope for under $200?

FatCat4620 10-04-2012 10:19 PM

Bi-noc-u-lars are cheap. You could also search amazon (but I know how you hate cheap stuff)

tk421991 10-04-2012 10:27 PM

I've never seen binos used instead of a spotting scope. Would they do the same job?

And I like stuff that isn't going to screw me over because it breaks. I have a pair of cheap made-in-China shoes that I got in 2009 for $30, and I still wear them every day. Most cheap stuff is cheap because its junk.

Anyone have an opinion on Burris? Simmons?

trailer-trash 10-05-2012 06:51 AM

Burris and simmons are both good quality in my opinion....If it were me...I would shop sportsmans guide or something like that for a low buck alternative first. If you find that it works how you want it to....upgrade to the one you want.

FatCat4620 10-05-2012 09:16 AM

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?bb...rank_authority

Wulfren 10-05-2012 12:06 PM

One of the big selling features (for me) on a spotting scope, is to get the highest power I can afford, and make sure it has a lifetime warranty.

Barska does make good glass (bino's and spotting scopes)

Wulf

trailer-trash 10-05-2012 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wulfren (Post 24898)
One of the big selling features (for me) on a spotting scope, is to get the highest power I can afford, and make sure it has a lifetime warranty.

Barska does make good glass (bino's and spotting scopes)

Wulf

I have a Barska scope on my 91/30 that I drilled and tapped. No issues whatsoever. Great value for the coinage.

tk421991 10-05-2012 04:53 PM

Barskas seem reasonably priced.

But what do all the magnification numbers mean?

Wulfren 10-05-2012 07:01 PM

You said you shot photography, so this may translate a bit better.

each power of the magnifying glass is roughly equal to 10mm on a long telephoto lense. Example, my old school Canon EOS Rebel has a 110mm Telephoto lense, its roughly an 11x (x is said as power) scope.

i'm going to use this link to break it down.

http://www.amazon.com/Barska-Colorad...9477646&sr=1-1

This is a 20-60x variable power spotting scope. (Incredibly powerful considering the most common rifle scope for a "deer gun" is 3-9x)

"60mm Objective lens. Field of view 91/30ftat1000yds, 45/15mat1000m. Close eye focus-7m. Eye relief 18.1-15.2mm"

That line says its a 60mm (2.4" diameter). with a field of view (how much actual space you can see in the scope from edge to edge without moving it at 1000 yards you can see 91 feet of terrain at 20 power, and only 30 feet of terrain at 60 power. It can focus on an object as close as 7 meters away and the eye relief is from 15-18mm (the distance your eye can be from the lense, basically about 1 inch).


Most all spotting scopes I know of has a very close eye relief, but since its not on a recoiling rifle, its a moot issue, just make sure you have it anchored down when you try to look at anything at distance on the 60x otherwise it will look like the area is experiencing an earthquake.

it was explained to me many years ago, that a 10x scope, basically makes the distance look 1/10'th the actual distance to the naked eye...IE if your looking at an object at 100 yards ..if you use a 10x scope it will make it look like your looking at it at 10 yards with your bare eye..obviously the higher power magnification you can get, the better..on the higher end powers its the difference in telling the difference in a bullet hole, and a fly on the target


I hope this helped

Wulf

tk421991 10-05-2012 07:22 PM

Well actually I was a cameraman, not a photographer. I filmed football practices from the booth, and I was just given a camera, never really got to know them.

It makes sense a little, but I think I should go to like Cabela's or a big retail store and look through some. When it comes to making out a .3" hole from 200 yards, I need something I (or if I bring a friend) will like and understand.

I like this model, the Barska Benchmark:

http://www.barska.com/Spotting_Scope...S_Spotter.html


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