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Old 10-26-2020, 10:00 PM   #1
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The only thing I know about them is I despise the angled eye pieces. 90% of the time it will be on a window mount looking at whitetails from 300yds to a mile from my truck, the other 10% it will be mounted on a tripod. I need good clarity, light compensation is definitely a plus, and if itís lightweight that would be even better. Iíd rather not spend over $500 (new or used) but if I have to step up a little bit and itís way worth it Iíll entertain that idea.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:10 PM   #2
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You're not likely to be super happy with a $500 spotting scope, unfortunately.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:28 PM   #3
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Nope. For $500.00 I’d not worry about it. But ... you aren’t far off. Vortex makes several good ones for around $800.00. For me, I prefer the angled over straight. I mount mine on a primos trigger stick tripod and love it. However, my son has his straight necked mounted to a gun stock and loves it that way. Definitely more mobile than mine.

**Edit-Viper Vortex 15x45x65. Should be around $650.00. Arrowsmith here on TBH has best prices.

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Old 10-26-2020, 10:55 PM   #4
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Nope. For $500.00 Iíd not worry about it. But ... you arenít far off. Vortex makes several good ones for around $800.00. For me, I prefer the angled over straight. I mount mine on a primos trigger stick tripod and love it. However, my son has his straight necked mounted to a gun stock and loves it that way. Definitely more mobile than mine.

**Edit-Viper Vortex 15x45x65. Should be around $650.00. Arrowsmith here on TBH has best prices.
Is that 65mm objective going to be decent in relatively low light?
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I had a 20-60X80mm Vortex spotter a few years ago. I think it was a Diamondback? It was not sharp at all, even in bright daylight. Wasn't great in low light either, aside from the lack of sharpness. Look around at some birding forums and/or facebook groups. They are optics crazy people. Lots of reviews on all makes of optics, and you can find used ones for sale at decent prices too. Best bet for a "value" spotter is a higher quality scope that's used.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:30 PM   #6
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This scope was given to me recently as a gift. For the money it does a pretty good job. Please bear in mind that these pics were shot in pretty dark conditions (a LOT darker than the pics show) and at over 400 yards. I'm TRYING to use my phone via the attachment that comes with it to take pics/video. It was also the first time I'd ever used it. I also ATTEMPTED to edit them to brighten them up, etc.

I've got a loooooooong way to go in order to coordinate focusing the scope and the phone. I think with a bit of experience I'll figure out how to clean up the images. Using just the spotting scope itself I was able to clearly identify points, estimate score, etc.

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Old 10-27-2020, 10:03 AM   #7
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Is that 65mm objective going to be decent in relatively low light?
Iíd say better than decent but the 80 would obviously be better. As Shane said below, the Diamondback is much lower quality in my opinion. As he said, used is much better value also.
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Old 10-27-2020, 07:25 PM   #8
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This scope was given to me recently as a gift. For the money it does a pretty good job. Please bear in mind that these pics were shot in pretty dark conditions (a LOT darker than the pics show) and at over 400 yards. I'm TRYING to use my phone via the attachment that comes with it to take pics/video. It was also the first time I'd ever used it. I also ATTEMPTED to edit them to brighten them up, etc.

I've got a loooooooong way to go in order to coordinate focusing the scope and the phone. I think with a bit of experience I'll figure out how to clean up the images. Using just the spotting scope itself I was able to clearly identify points, estimate score, etc.

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I actually read a lot of really good reviews on this one but the price tag scared me.
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Old 10-27-2020, 08:03 PM   #9
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Athlon Ares. I got one this year and while I am not an expert( this is my first one) I am happy with the purchase. Head over to Rokslide and search it. You will find ALOT of reviews on it and alot of praises from people that are far more experienced in this area than I am.
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:54 AM   #10
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Athlon Ares. I got one this year and while I am not an expert( this is my first one) I am happy with the purchase. Head over to Rokslide and search it. You will find ALOT of reviews on it and alot of praises from people that are far more experienced in this area than I am.
That was one of the others I read a lot of reviews on. What magnification is yours?
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:06 AM   #11
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Spotting scopes are a lot like any other optic. You get what you put into them, meaning price. Are there some on the market that are "good for the price" but in my experience, you tend to see better quality the higher the price. Vortex Razor or Viper would be the lowest model I would go on the Vortex brand.
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:17 AM   #12
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That was one of the others I read a lot of reviews on. What magnification is yours?
15-45x65
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:23 AM   #13
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Athlon Ares. I got one this year and while I am not an expert( this is my first one) I am happy with the purchase. Head over to Rokslide and search it. You will find ALOT of reviews on it and alot of praises from people that are far more experienced in this area than I am.
I have an Athlon Ares and it outperforms its price for sure. Rokslide has a big following for these spotters. I have the angled 15-45x65 but they make a straight version as well. It performs well at low light conditions and is clear.

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ive got a vortex razor 11-33 i could be talked out of
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Old 10-28-2020, 12:35 PM   #15
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ive got a vortex razor 11-33 i could be talked out of
Iím looking for something with a little
more magnification. My scope is a 5-25
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Old 10-28-2020, 12:41 PM   #16
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Spotting scopes are a lot like any other optic. You get what you put into them, meaning price. Are there some on the market that are "good for the price" but in my experience, you tend to see better quality the higher the price. Vortex Razor or Viper would be the lowest model I would go on the Vortex brand.
There probably isnít anyone on the planet that gets that more than I do. Iím a self admitted optics snob but just canít justify dropping $2500+ on something that will get a fair amount of use but itís not like Iíll be using it to decide if a ram is legal and I need to make a 2mi hike to get him.

I donít want something thatís pure junk but it will basically be used to decide if the big framed deer Iím looking at across the wheat field at 800 yards is big enough to put a customer on the next day.
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Old 10-28-2020, 03:25 PM   #18
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As some have already stated, and you said yourself, you get what you pay for. I would definitely just wait and save up for a used high end model. I’ve used/borrowed sub 1000$ spotters and I can definitely say they really aren’t worth a dang. My personal experience with vortex, I was not impressed at all even with the higher end models. I’m a leupold fan and that’s what I use but I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a Leica, Ziess, or swaro, for the right price in good condition.

For what you want, the 15-45x sounds like a good fit. As far as objective size, personal preference, but if it’s going to be mostly on a truck window, why not go 80?
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Old 10-28-2020, 03:41 PM   #19
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Check these out Celestron C-90, You can get them for as low as $200.00. Just received mine about 2 weeks ago. They are good for planet watching as well. Inexpensive and quality glass, they have been making scopes for quite some time now.
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Old 10-28-2020, 03:42 PM   #20
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I actually read a lot of really good reviews on this one but the price tag scared me.
The pics shown here, if a decent representation, are worse than the views through the Vortex I mentioned above. But if that level of clarity is suitable for your needs, then you should be happy with most of the $500 scopes.
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Old 10-28-2020, 05:21 PM   #21
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The pics shown here, if a decent representation, are worse than the views through the Vortex I mentioned above. But if that level of clarity is suitable for your needs, then you should be happy with most of the $500 scopes.
Thanks Shane, yeah if these pics are pretty solid and I can get anything even close to this at 600-800yds then Iíll be happy with it. Itís going to mostly be used to make a decision on if a deer is solid and a hunter might want to chase him. I definitely donít need picture frame quality but Iíve looked through some at gun ranges that were absolutely horrible.
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