Spotting scope purchase advice

NorCalBowHuntr916

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Well I drew a New Mexico pronghorn tag so I'm looking at buying a new spotting scope to better field judge a big buck.
I want something under $2000
65 to 85mm objective lense
Would like a no fault warranty but not a deal breaker
Prefer a straight spotter not angled
The lighter the better
Any suggestions?
I can get the vortex razor hd 85mm for $1400 New but I'm not sure about the quality compared to something like a zeiss
 

CApighunter

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Definitely keep an eye on the classifieds and eBay. $2k can get you into the Swaros and higher end Kowas. That’s what my used 883 cost me after tax and shipping. I’d be looking for the Swaro STS HD 65 or 80, Kowa 774 or 884, or maybe the Meopta S2.
 

Turkeygetpwnd38

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Definitely keep an eye on the classifieds and eBay. $2k can get you into the Swaros and higher end Kowas. That’s what my used 883 cost me after tax and shipping. I’d be looking for the Swaro STS HD 65 or 80, Kowa 774 or 884, or maybe the Meopta S2.
+1, I would get a used/demo swaro or Kowa....
 

SquirrelyDan

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Kowa 774. There is a brand new kowa 774 in the classifieds for 2k. You won’t be disappointed with the Kowa.
 

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It would be our pleasure to work with you on this, discuss what would be best and work with your budget. Please give us a call, 516-217-1000
 

JNDEER

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IF you want the scope for field judging- than you need to buy top tier glass new or used- period. I own both the razor and stm hd. The razor, IMO, is nicer than most will suggest/say on here- but not what you want for field judging inches.
 

antlerz

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Whatever you go with you will push it to its limit once you start evaluating animals at a decent distance.
 

antlerz

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25-50 is superb. Slightly less eye relief for digiscoping so generic swaro adapter is not so good. Phonescope or make your own.
 
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