Guys I posted this here as well as another foum called the 24 hourcampfire that my source for optics sponsors so excuse some of my comments thanking the owner of the company. I spent the last three months looking for an upgrade to the Nikon Spotter XL II and finally decided on a Minox MD 62 ED and these were "my" comparative results and I thought I would share them with my fellow Alaska hunters. Well I received my new Minox MD 62 ED spotter from Doug at CameraLand and decided right away to compare it to what I have been using. Now keep in mind that the Minox cost twice what the Spotter XL II cost however with that said I have not been impressed with the Nikon so I spent 3 months searching for the spotting scope that met my needs in weight, quality and price. I set both of them up on tripods with a buddy (who owns the Spotter XL II, as I had sold mine) and these were my conclusions. First of all the eye relief is amazing ( I did opt for the better LER eyepiece 21X-42X) the Nikon requires you to shove your eye into the eyepiece to get a good view, the Minox allows you to set your face behind the eyepiece comfortably and you get a nice clear view. Second observation is the wide field of view even at the higher power settings. The Nikon allows you to only see exactly what you are looking at and no lateral images, where as the Minox has a very wide field of view. Third observation; the quality of the glass, we were looking at a yield sign that was about 400 yards away and I could get a crisp and crystal clear image of all the letters in the yield sign where as the Nikon just seemed like it would not sharpen up the image know matter how much you played with the focus. As for weight the Spotter XL II I believe weighs like 32 oz where as the Minox weighs 39 oz not a bad trade off for much better glass. I leave in 2 days for my annual sheep hunt and am very excited to go with better glass in hand. The only thing negative to say about the Minox is that I am a little unsettled about the fact that the eyepiece just kind of twists in place on the body and doesn't really lock but I will see if thats just something new to me or is actually something that will give me trouble. For guys looking for a lightweight quality spotting scope for high alpine use that doesn't weigh too much and wont totally break the bank. I highly suggest you check out the Minox MD62 ED. Doug has great prices on it too, better than I could find anywhere else, and as for his service, well thats awesome as always! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Doug, you were spot on with what I was looking for.