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  • $1,500 budget for spotting scope & binocs

    Recommendations? Wifey pre-approved $1,500 for new set. Pretty much takes out the swarovski I guess. I've been impressed with the nikon stuff I've looked through. thanks.
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    Nikon Monarch ATBs are a very tough bino to beat in their price range. However, if I had a $1500 for bincos and a spotter I'd probably go like this:

    Minox HG 10X43s-$580
    I bought these for my wife and they are lighter and every bit as clear and bright as my Swaro's 10X42 SLCs. This normally go for $950 or more at SW. Great price on those demo units that look basically brand new.


    For a spotter I'd probably opt for the Pentax PF-65ED II with the Zoom eyepiece with the straight for $750 or the angle $800.

    Total=$1380

    Take the extra $120 and put it towards a quality tripod.

    So there you have it. First time in history that someone gives a price range and I stayed well below that.

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    • #3
      Alaska_Lanche summed it up in my book. Buy a demo Pentax from Cameraland and you should be able to save even more.

      Or find some used Swaro binos for around a thousand and buy a cheaper scope. You'll use the binos twice as much as you'll use the spotter.

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      • #4
        Buy Binos first

        Take the $1,500 and buy some swarovski or leica binoculars this year. Next year buy a new scope. These are one time investments for the serious hunter. Don't go cheap, you will end up buying the best at some point anyway.

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        • #5
          Keep an eye out on talk forums in the sell sections .
          I picked up a almost new Swarovski STS 65mm Spotting Scope w/variable eyepiece with a hard case and shipped to Alaska for $1,150.

          Good deals can be had .
          I also second the Nikon Monarch ATBs , they are very good for the price.

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          • #6
            How does a guy put a value on limited run spotting scopes....? Bausch & Lomb made a limited run of: Long eye relief ZOOM spotting scopes, it was a short run, be for they switched to the heavier armor coated model. I have one as new in the box, how do I value it....? Thank you
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            • #7
              Another good place to find used or floor demo optics: www.samplelist.com

              Another Bino to check out is the Pentax 10x43 DCF SP. Right know Camerland had demo's selling for $469, smoking good price. The SP's were considered for a while to be the best bino for under a $1,000. Since then the Minox HG's and Pentax ED's have come out lowering the SP's status a little. The SP's are still an awesome bino. Mine have gone everywhere with me for the past three years.

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              • #8
                Ditto on the Pentax DCF SP's. I have had the 10x43's since they first came out.
                A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                • #9
                  I snagged up a pair of the Pentax DCF ED's in 8x43 on demo from Doug for $600, they are sweet too!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AlaskaCub View Post
                    I snagged up a pair of the Pentax DCF ED's in 8x43 on demo from Doug for $600, they are sweet too!
                    I'll give you 250 for the Leicas!
                    A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Alaska_Lanche View Post
                      Nikon Monarch ATBs are a very tough bino to beat in their price range. However, if I had a $1500 for bincos and a spotter I'd probably go like this:

                      Minox HG 10X43s-$580
                      I bought these for my wife and they are lighter and every bit as clear and bright as my Swaro's 10X42 SLCs. This normally go for $950 or more at SW. Great price on those demo units that look basically brand new.


                      For a spotter I'd probably opt for the Pentax PF-65ED II with the Zoom eyepiece with the straight for $750 or the angle $800.

                      Total=$1380

                      Take the extra $120 and put it towards a quality tripod.

                      So there you have it. First time in history that someone gives a price range and I stayed well below that.
                      You can't go wrong with this suggestion, or better it. The only thing I would add is Vortex Razor binos. They are optically equivalent to the HG's, but heavier which some prefer to help hold steady.

                      Brent

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