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Old Tuesday 10th April 2018, 16:10   #1
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scope for garden

Just moved into a house with a 150 ft garden and getting into bird watching. I'm looking to buy a scope that will remain in focus at reasonably close distance. Max price 150. Don't necessarily need specific product recommendations but would like advice on the spec.

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Old Wednesday 11th April 2018, 16:03   #2
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Cliff, admit it you want the scope to watch the horse racing........

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Old Saturday 14th April 2018, 09:04   #3
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Cliff, admit it you want the scope to watch the horse racing........

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Nope, we hate horse racing in our household - cruel to the horses and it turns Cheltenham into a drunken brothel during meetings :-(

No one got scope advice?
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Hi Cliff. How about a previous gen Opticron MM2? I'd have thought that a used example would be within your budget.

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Hello Cliff, I would have thought that one of the smaller lighter spoting scopes in 50 or 60mm with a zoom lens would suit your needs. They do tend to focus down to 2.5 - 3.5 metres in the Opticron MM2 or MM3 series, and nodoubt with other manufacturers aswell. A Google search for 50 - 60mm spottong scopes will throw up a lot of different manufacturers from cheap to quite expensive. My advice would be to get the best that you are comfortable spending, also the used market can throw up very good quality ones at very good prices.
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No one got scope advice?
Pop along to Slimbridge , go to the In-focus shop , have a look through their second hand scopes
https://www.at-infocus.co.uk/usedequipment.html
They have these for your stated budget

Celestron Ultima 80 with Zoom eyepiece 149.00 (S)
Opticron MM2 52 A with HR 20x WA eyepiece 149.00 (S)

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