View Poll Results: WHAT GLASS DO SHEEP HUNTERS PREFER ??

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  • Swarovski ,STS,ATS 65

    21 23.33%
  • Swarovski STS,ATS 80

    5 5.56%
  • ZEISS STRAIGHT, ANGLED 65

    8 8.89%
  • ZEISS STRAIGHT, ANGLED 85

    3 3.33%
  • LECIA STRAIGHT, ANGLED 62

    4 4.44%
  • LECIA STRAIGHT, ANGLED 77

    4 4.44%
  • KOWA

    2 2.22%
  • PENTAX

    13 14.44%
  • NIKON

    19 21.11%
  • OTHER

    11 12.22%
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Thread: Sheep hunters glass choices

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    Thumbs up Sheep hunters glass choices

    After reading through the archives a bit I was curious of what type of spotting scopes sheep hunters most preferred ??
    So here is a quick poll of glass Options .
    All comments are welcome..

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    I think the high end glass is by far better quality, but I choose the Nikon optics. They are pretty darn good, have a great warranty and they don't break the bank. I picked up my Fieldscope on ebay for just over $200 and it does a great job at 2 lbs. I can't see myself spending 2 grand on a spotter when I could spend that extra $1,800 on other goodies (like Barney's packs and Hilleberg tents)!

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    Default Prefer or Own?

    I chose Pentax because that's what I own. After researching spotters I found the Pentax to be one of the best in my price range. If I ever had the opportunity to use a spotter from one of the big 3 I'm sure I would prefer it over my Pentax.

    So are you looking for what people own or what spotter people would really want on a hunt if money weren't an option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Wonderer View Post
    I chose Pentax because that's what I own. After researching spotters I found the Pentax to be one of the best in my price range. If I ever had the opportunity to use a spotter from one of the big 3 I'm sure I would prefer it over my Pentax.

    So are you looking for what people own or what spotter people would really want on a hunt if money weren't an option?

    I will soon be purchasing a spotter myself and was curious what the sheep hunters use on their hunts .
    This will narrow my searches down abit .

    I had two spotters that I sold recently and both were Kowa scopes.
    One was to big to carry on sheep hunts (Kowa TSN 821M Angled 82mm ) and one that was to small (Kowa TS-501 ) so now I am in the market .

    From what I have seen on the poll is that the big Swarovski 80 , LECIA 77 and the ZEISS 85 have not been chosen to be used on sheep hunts .
    The smaller 62 and 65 are used most so far , interesting !!!!!

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    I use my Burris Signature Series 18-47X60....For a 400.00 optic, it has been incredible for me and all I use....But trust me, the Swaro, HD models are in a class by themselves. I really just need to go down and get one.

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    Default Power of scopes

    The main reason "eperienced" sheephunters elect to go with a lower power scope is because of the Thermals, the 85 power don't work as good, so most go with the 65, but with my experience I have seen with proffesional outfitters they are using 45 power Leupolds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahahawai View Post
    The main reason "eperienced" sheephunters elect to go with a lower power scope is because of the Thermals, the 85 power don't work as good, so most go with the 65, but with my experience I have seen with proffesional outfitters they are using 45 power Leupolds.
    The 85, 65, 62 referenced above is not the magnification or "power" but rather the size of the objective lens. But, you are right in the sense that sometimes anything above say, 30 or 40 power simply magnifies too much atmospheric distortion. I would venture to say the reason most sheep hunters go with the 65's is because of the weight savings and less bulk. And, you don't really loose much in practical application by going to the smaller objective lens.
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    Default One Eyed headache

    I get a headache looking through just one eye all day long. I fixed my headache problem by ditching the spotting scope and getting a pair of Steiner 25 by 80 astronomical binocs and an Outdoorsman's brand tripod. Now I can look all day long with both eyes and not get that nasty old migraine. Yes the big binocs are heavy at 56 ounces but for me a cyclops spotting scope is worthless weight since I can not use it for any length of time.

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    I did not know that Pentax was as popular as it is ???
    They must be good optic's .


    Looks like the Swaro- scopes are the number #1 for Sheep hunters so far .

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    Its Leica, not Lecia.

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    Thanks guys for taking the time to vote and submitting your reply's.
    It looks like the top three is
    Swarovski,Nikon and Pentax .

    The ones that picked Nikon what model did you buy ??
    Same with the Pentax.
    Thanks

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