I am looking for a spotting scope and I have a hard time trying to justify something over $1,000 on something that won't get used as much as it should (so less than $1,000, but less than $500 is even better). I am also looking for something that is one the portable side (lightweight and compact) maybe it should have a 45 deg eyepiece but I am not set on that attribute. I would also like something that has a Rainguard coating on it (or what ever the manufacturer calls it. Rainguard is Bushnell's coating). I live in soggy/dark Southeast Alaska. So who out there has something to recommend and why?