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Recommendation for a budget under $500

I finally decided to do something with my bird-watching hobby and purchase a good spotting scope.
Can anyone recommend a good one under $500?

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Ooh boy as a repairman of some 25 years i would say look at the warranty, then compare scopes. why spend $200.00 for a plastic piece of junk when for $500.oo you will get someting that will last forever.#1guarantee, #2 can you return if not satisfied,anyway i would contact my local audubon people and see what they use.there is so much junk on the market today.dont want you to be dissapointed,so shop well..ok gotta go and fill bird feeder outside...its 15 degrees here now..but they keep on comming.

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I have a Vortex Skyline which I bought online for closer to $400 and it's GREAT. Nice optics, lots of light, fairly lightweight, came with it's own bag and table tripod. I highly recommend this scope.

Posted on Apr 20, 2008


Cornell ornithology department has a new review of scopes out. For $359.00 or less on sale they suggest the Vortex Stokes Sandpiper (15-45x) Check out the whole review. It has really good information. Happy Birding, Dee

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This has been adequate for me as a rookie birder.

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Hey Danielle,

For your budget, the best device I know is definitely the Aplen 788. The Vortex Skyline could also be worth checking.

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If you practice hunting and shooting, a spotting scope is one of the best instruments that you need to have to provide you with a clear view when you are aiming at your target. Before we get started on how to use a spotting scope for shooting, it is great if you know what exactly a spotting scope is.
Precisely, a spotting scope is a small device that is used for many outdoor activities to magnify and help you watch images and objects closely. Before purchasing the best spotting scope for shooting, you need to know a few things that will help you use it well in your shooting career. Here are some things that you need to know when using a spotting scope for shooting.

Comfortable Position Is Key
If you want to get the best performance from your spotting scope, ensure that you position yourself in a comfortable place. You know when you are using a spotting scope you will be holding it for long so it is very crucial to find a comfortable place that you can sit or lay down depending on what you find best. Make sure you find a comfortable place and learn more about the specifications of the area which should be the point of targeted area.

Attach Your Scope To A Tripod
Sometimes holding your scope with your hands can compromise the quality of images that you get because of shaking and fatigue. If you want to achieve a clear and accurate view, get a tripod and attach to your scope. This means that your scope will be very stable because there are minimal movements so you end up getting very accurate results. When you are using a tripod, the chances of missing your target are very minimal.

Adjusting The Magnification
You should also adjust the magnification of your spotting scope to a level that you like. Spotting scopes are designed differently so you need to know how to adjust magnification and the lens layout of your scope. For the most accurate results, it is great if you read the instruction given about the magnification levels and how to adjust.
In some spotting scopes, you need to use the lens knob so that you can zoom in and out of the magnification. In other scopes, you need to use the small zoom in and zoom round trigger on the point of the eyepiece.

View Target Area And Adjust Magnification
When you are using spotting scopes, it is not advisable to go with the magnification first because you might not get the right results. The best thing that you can do is to view the target area first and then adjust the magnification effectively.

Reset Focus In A New Area Always
This is very important because a sudden highly magnified glass can cause problems to your eyes. This means you can feel uneasy when you are watching your target longer. This results because of watching at a very high magnification glass for a prolonged period. You can overcome the problem by reducing the effect of the magnify glass on your eyes.

Beating The Sun
If you want to become a spotting scope pro, you must learn how to beat the sun. You need to know how to deal with the frustrating heat waves because they quickly distort your view and it becomes difficult to grass. The best way in which you can beat the sun is to zoom out. Zoom out to a lower power setting and you will enjoy heat-wave glassing hours. You should wait for passing cloud because they reduce the heat wave and give you the chance to zoom back in your target.

Final Words
Buying the best spotting scope for shooting is not enough. You also need to learn how to use it so that you can get clear and bright images all the time. This will help you gain accuracy when you are shooting so no more missed shots. If you learn these tips, you will not experience any problem when you are hunting or shooting. Knowing how to use your scope is the only way in which you will get most out of it when shooting. Best Spotting Scope to buy in 2017 Buying Guide Reviews

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To send product in for repair, please follow these instructions:
* USA Purchases Only
Package your product securely and include your name, street address, a daytime phone number, your email address, and a brief description of the issues you want addressed. Insure your product for the appropriate dollar value and send it to:
BUSHNELL (US Purchases Only)
Attention either: Bushnell or **Bausch & Lomb Repairs
8500 Marshall Drive
Lenexa, KS 66214

When returning product for repair, please do not send the product cases, lens caps, mounts, or straps.
Send in a check or money order for shipping and handling made out to Bushnell in the amount of:

$15.00 for Telescopes
$10.00 for all other products

(California residents are excluded from paying shipping and handling payments for warranted items only)
When your unit is received it will be assigned a repair number. After reading your letter, a technician will evaluate your unit to determine what repairs are needed and whether or not warranty coverage will be applicable. It is our option to repair or replace your unit. If your unit is NOT covered under warranty, an estimate for repair or replacement will be mailed to you.

You will have 20 days to respond, either accepting or declining the recommendation. If you accept the recommendation for repair or replacement you will need to provide payment. That can be in the form of a check, money order, or if you prefer, by MasterCard or VISA. If the repair or replacement is covered under warranty, you will receive no additional correspondence. Your repaired unit or a comparable replacement of equal value and function will be shipped to you via UPS within 3-4 weeks.

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