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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 13:25   #1
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Question Cheap spotting scope

Hey everyone,

Short story: I am spending a bunch on new binoculars and there's no way I can afford a nice scope for a long, long time. I'd still like SOMETHING to have with me, though. How is this deal?

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Magnacraft 20-80x70

This water resistant scope features an adjustable tripod, lens cloth and carrying case with strap. Scope measures 17-1/2'. Limited ten year warranty.

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Water Resistant
Adjustable Tripod
Lens Cloth
Carrying Case with Strap
Measure 17-1/2"
Limited Ten Year Warranty

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Piece UPC : 024409055034
Estimated Piece Dimensions : 19.00" Length, 4.00" Width, 5.50" Height
Estimated Piece Weight : 4.12 Lbs.

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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 14:12   #2
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Since I haven't seen it I can't say anything about the quality of the scope, but the tripod will be useless and the bizarre business model of the seller inspires just about zero confidence.

The Russian Yukon scopes discussed on the thread below are probably pretty good choices in the rock bottom category, but you will still need a real tripod.

http://birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=142626
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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 15:11   #3
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Just for fun I googled the Magnacraft scope. Not one real optics dealer sells it, which should tell you something. It seems to be a product that was designed to be a bargain basement close-out. I found it for $59.95 at the link below along with a page full of sucker bait ruby coated toy binoculars. I particularly liked the 125x80, "LARGEST WE SELL".

http://www.binoculars.cc/over51.htm

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Here's a link to the review of mid-priced scopes (including the Yukon) discussed in the thread Henry linked to (the actual article was not available over the Internet when that thread was created): http://www.birdwatching.com/optics/2...copes2009.html (click on the "Main Chart" link for the rankings)

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Hey everyone,

Short story: I am spending a bunch on new binoculars and there's no way I can afford a nice scope for a long, long time. I'd still like SOMETHING to have with me, though.
Not sure how much "a bunch" is, but if you're talking about spending $2000 on Alpha bins, I would consider spending less for binoculars and more for a better scope. Many midpriced $500 (or less) bins are quite close to Alpha bins in terms of optical quality, but things are different with scopes. You can get substantial increases in optical quality by spending more for a quality scope. If you cannot spend more, I would start looking at what is available used.

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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 16:09   #5
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Sir William,

If you decide you really want to go for a new and cheap scope, I just noticed that Eagle Optics has the Eagle Optics Denali scope on sale for $99--they claim they're on sale because of some sort of coloring irregularity. Seems to get some decent reviews on this forum and on the Eagle Optics website. But I've never tried it myself.

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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 18:26   #6
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Thanks for the info guys.

I really would rather get a nicer pair of bins (probably between 1500-2000) than a spotting scope as I also usually have my camera with me (Nikon D80 with a 200-500mm lens). I'd still like a scope to have for certain things but I think the camera/bins combo will usually be what I'll have on me.
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Just for fun I googled the Magnacraft scope. Not one real optics dealer sells it, which should tell you something. It seems to be a product that was designed to be a bargain basement close-out. I found it for $59.95 at the link below along with a page full of sucker bait ruby coated toy binoculars. I particularly liked the 125x80, "LARGEST WE SELL".

http://www.binoculars.cc/over51.htm
Limited to 50 years warranty LOL
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baofeng. Not sure if they are available over in the states, but I feel that 'camlink' spotting scopes are a good choice with regard to 'cheap scopes'. Ok, you get what you pay for but camlink scopes are very useable and good value for money ( if you go for the 80mm models and not the 60mm)
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