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    Default inexpensive spotting scope

    I got a serious case of sticker shock when I was checking out spotting scope prices. What I'm looking for is something in the bottom end range- 200-250 dollars to use while I'm in the Alpine Country. I want one for a blackbear hunt this spring but I would primarily use it for wildlife veiwing while going on hikes untill I draw a goat permit. Being fog resistant and liteweight would be a plus. I would not be using the scope in the feild a lot (1-2 trip a year) and it will spend most of it's time set up in my living room. I live in the Southeast if this helps with suggestions at all. If it is impossible to get quality optics at this price tell me and include some of your favorites/prices/.

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    Watch ebay for one of these. They are all the same quality and go for around $250 and have lifetime manufacturer warranties. They are all either 15-45x60 or 15-48x60 or so, waterproof, shockproof and fogproof. Last year I got a Burris for 250. A few years old but new, never used. My buddy bought a Bushnell for 250 also. I just sold my Burris for 250 so I can upgrade.

    Nikon XL
    Bushnell Elite
    Burris Spotter

    This year Pentax has also come out with a scope of this type but I don't know much about it.

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    I like the Wind River 15x45x60. I had a Leupold that cost me $800 then a buddy of mine showed me his Wind River for the price diff. I sold my Leupold and bought a Wind River and was able to buy a pair of 12x50 Wind River binoculars as well.

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    Default thanks for the advice

    Anybody use the Burris Compact-

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    Member fullkurl's Avatar
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    Default easy one...

    Check out the Nikon XL or XLII for around 250.00 on ebay. Light, armored and waterproof.
    Great scope for the coin....


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    Alpen.Cheap, but optics are pretty good.Look on line to find a dealer.I paid about 100 bucks three years ago and it stll is very good.But I also no it is cheap.

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    Please feel free to give me a call to discuss the Vortex Shot Show Samples we have on Spotters. Nice scope and not expensive...

    Vortex Show Samples - Full Warranty
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    Impact 70mm @ $129.99
    Nomad 20-60x60 Straight @ $229.99
    Nomad 20-60x60 Angled $239.99
    Skyline 20-60x80 Straight $289.99
    Skyline 20-60x80 Angled @ $299.99
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