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Old Saturday 30th December 2017, 19:33   #1
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Advice > Which Scope/Tripod .....

Please share your advice and experience with good quality scopes and tripods .....

I would like to invest in a good Scope and Tripod to watch birds along the coast for my trip up the Oregon Coast ..... I plan on traveling the Oregon Coast for several weeks in June, 2018.

So far, this is what I have added to my Wish List:

1) Celestron 52250 80mm Ultima Zoom Spotting Scope
2) Celstron - Regal Premium Tripod

I want a tripod that will provide very good support, so the spotting scope is not wobbly.

I'm hoping to spend around $500.00 or less for both spotting scope and tripod .....
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Wow that's a pretty tight budget unless optics are enormously cheaper on your side of the pond so that rules out any of the premium brands such as Swarozski. Kona et al.

I have a Hawke Frontier ED 85mm 20-60 zoom which performs pretty well for a mid-priced budget scope, but even that may be outside your price range (I paid 600 GBP for it a few years back and the tripod was not included).

There are some decent budget brands around such as Delta (not sure if these are available stateside) from china and these would worth checking out along with some of the offerings from Vanguard.
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I am not a professional, so I do not need high-end equipment that costs thousands of dollars.

Seems like what I have on my wish list is much better than any of the low-end spotting scopes and tripods.

I would greatly appreciate suggestions regarding Spotting Scopes and Tripods .... I have seen many that are within my price range ....

I could go as high as $600-700 total (for both Spotting Scope and Tripod) .....

I would like an Angled Spotting Scope 20-60x/60-80mm, fine-tuning focus, and a sturdy tripod, which I will be using while traveling up the Pacific Coast from Fort Bragg, California, to Astoria, Oregon.

I will be using the Spotting Scope for observing Birds, Whales, Seals and Sea Lions.
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As far as the Celestrons go, a bit heavy. But the 80mm should work well. Celestron do not seem to make a 65mm that balances wel. My 65mm tips over. Just sitting on a table it tips over.
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As far as the Celestrons go, a bit heavy. But the 80mm should work well. Celestron do not seem to make a 65mm that balances wel. My 65mm tips over. Just sitting on a table it tips over.
What other Spotting Scopes would be a good choice ..... I definitely do NOT want my Spotting Scope falling to the ground ... !!!

Any recommendations for a good Tripod ... ?
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I have not had to shop for one lately. The Celestrons seem to be best money for that price range. I use a Vixen eyepiece on mine, slightly better than the Celestron. You just need to make sure you can return if not to your liking. The 80mm models wit a sturdy tripod should be steady. I think the 80mm does not tip over, but I have not seen one
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The main thing is to test before you buy.
I don't know the market in the US. For years I used a Kowa 60 mm scope with a 28x wide angle eye-piece. I was very happy with it - but as I got older I found the weight was an issue and I was increasingly leaving it at home.
Recently I bought an Opticron GA Travelscope (60 mm objective lens, central focussing, 12 - 25 Zoom I think!). It's about half the weight. Also a Velbon sherpa tripod which is very stable. The combination came to about 700. No idea if these models are available in the US or what they would cost there but I'm very happy with the combination. I doubt if it's worth the extra cost of going for an 80mm objective lens - I think you might well get a better return for your money by going for a 60mm and increasing the quality. Others may well disagree!
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