compact spotting scope
What are your thoughts about really compact spotting scopes like the Leupold 10-20x40MM compact? I hesitate to carry more in the sheep mountains but are they useful quality?
The one thing thatI will never sacrifice on any hunt for any reason is optics.
A POS spotting scope or binos will result in 2 things. You walking farther than you need to so you can verify if an animal is legal or not... or you'll miss animals due to crappy resolution.
Leupold "Gold Ring"
scopes are of excellent quality. I believe 12X45 is the magnification for the gold ring line of spotting scope. I think its small enough to be considered "compact".
Gary..I think they use to make a 12x40.
Now it's 10-20 by 40. That gives a 2mm-4mm exit pupil and at 20X might lack some theoretical resolution. I wonder how it works out in the real world?
Likely need to ck one out myself. It's hard in the boonies to do so.
20 power doesn't turn my crank at all. Check out Cabela's Winnipeg website. There are some decent scopes there, one being a compact Gold Ring 15x30 or 40 by 50. Have you looked at KOWAs?