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Old Sunday 5th July 2009, 18:48   #1
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Looking to spend around 700 on a scope ...

I have finally decided to 'bite the bullet' and get myself a scope due to spending an increasing amount of time in hides on a local RSPB reserve.

Am I right in assuming that the bigger objective lens models will give me a better/brighter view (I,m guessing that its the same rule as bins)

As my title says I am looking to spend somewhere in the region of 700 or so for a scope and an eyepiece. Obviously a hide clamp and a case of some description will also be needed.

There may come a time when I move on to digiscoping at some point so the scope will be required to be suitable for this as well.

Can anyone offer any help please ?

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Old Sunday 5th July 2009, 19:09   #2
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I have finally decided to 'bite the bullet' and get myself a scope due to spending an increasing amount of time in hides on a local RSPB reserve.

Am I right in assuming that the bigger objective lens models will give me a better/brighter view (I,m guessing that its the same rule as bins)

As my title says I am looking to spend somewhere in the region of 700 or so for a scope and an eyepiece. Obviously a hide clamp and a case of some description will also be needed.

There may come a time when I move on to digiscoping at some point so the scope will be required to be suitable for this as well.

Can anyone offer any help please ?

Best wishes.
Yes Simmo, the bigger the objective lens the brighter the image, and therefore I would say the better for digiscoping. The usual advice also applies ie. get yourself down to a reputable supplier and try them out, also try and grab a look down other birders scopes and see what you think. Take your time, don't rush into it, then you should make the right choice.
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Old Monday 6th July 2009, 19:16   #3
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I have seen through quite a lot of scopes and done a fair bit of reading around on here and on other sites so after a plenty of deliberation I decided on a Nikon ED82 with a 50x Wide DS eyepiece. By the time I had finished adding a case and a hide clamp I managed to part with 1178 !!!

So please ignore any questions about me spending 700 !!!!

I never was any good at counting .........
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