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I'm looking at purchasing a spotting scope and I would like to stay under $200.00 and looking for input please.

Most of the use will be at 100 yards but it would be nice to be able to spot 5.56 rounds at 200. Another nice feature would be the phone camera adapter included or available since I wear glasses and relief might be a problem.
Not planning any big hunts so weight really doesn't matter.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
 
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Years ago I was unable to find a lower end spotting scope that provided adequate resolution to visualize .22 caliber holes at 100 yards.


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My Konus 20-60x80 scope does a good job. .22 at 200 yards is a little iffy but doable with high contrast targets. I can't remember the cost, but it was between $250 and $300.



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The Konus, Barska, Gosky, and several others look very similar...are they pretty much the same Chinese scopes?
 
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The Konus, Barska, Gosky, and several others look very similar...are they pretty much the same Chinese scopes?


Konus scopes are made in Italy, at least they were when I bought mine around 5 years ago.

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The Konus, Barska, Gosky, and several others look very similar...are they pretty much the same Chinese scopes?


Konus scopes are made in Italy, at least they were when I bought mine around 5 years ago.


Thanks for the info Jim. I get most of my sights/scopes on Optic's Planet and they will usually deal a bit off list price. I see Konus is on OP and will look a little closer.

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I get most of my sights/scopes on Optic's Planet
That seller has a terrible reputation here on SIGforum. Proceed with caution.



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I get most of my sights/scopes on Optic's Planet
That seller has a terrible reputation here on SIGforum. Proceed with caution.


I’ve been buying from OP for 7-8 years and never had a problem and actually consider them near the very top of all online vendors I do business with. What kind of problems?
 
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What kind of problems?
They have a reputation for selling things that they do not have in stock, excessively long times to fill these orders (drop-shipped from their source?), non-responsive customer service.

Most reports about them have been negative.

You might be one of the lucky exceptions.



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What kind of problems?
They have a reputation for selling things that they do not have in stock, excessively long times to fill these orders (drop-shipped from their source?), non-responsive customer service.

Most reports about them have been negative.

You might be one of the lucky exceptions.


Most of the time when I order items they are not in stock and have to be ordered but I don’t believe I’ve had to wait longer than 2 weeks...placed 6 orders this year and no problems.
Not doubting that people have had problems but not for me
 
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I see a Celestron Ultima 20-60x80 for $189.49/on Amazon. That was a quick search so I’m sure there are more out there.


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I ran across a lightly used Bushnell Trophy XLT 20-60 Spotting Scope used for zeroing by owner and got it shipped to my door for $82.00.
 
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I know some may laugh at this scope but, I bought a Emarth 20x60x60 on Amazon on a lightning deal and paid $46.74 before tax. I used it today at 100 yards to spot my 7.62 rounds and it’s gteat for the price. Optics are clear enough for that price. Same results when using my 5.56 rounds, I can see my shots. I recommend considering it.
 
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I bought this one on amazon. It's fine for use at the range, and mounting your cellphone on it is easy.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/pr...04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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I bought this one on amazon. It's fine for use at the range, and mounting your cellphone on it is easy.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/pr...04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


How does that phone adapter work? I’m looking for one that will hold a small tablet.
 
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Look for one of these on ebay or other places




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Took me nearly three months to get a pair of “in stock” Maui Jim’s from OP while my order was “processing”.

As for spotting scopes, I bought a Bushnell Trophy Xtreme from Amazon for $189 last year (for birding mostly) and have been extremely happy with it. Currently unavailable, of course, or I’d give you a link, but it was a good value. I’d assume the same of their current model.

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Look for one of these on ebay or other places



I bought a Balscope Sr like you have pictured for $70 with a Freeland saddle head tripod. Sold the tripod for $150 or so. I missed another with a Freeland offhand stand for similar money. Deals are out there to be had on vintage equipment. You might also get lucky and find a GI M49 scope for cheap. I've seen a few sell in the sub $200 hundred range in useable shape with varying degrees of accessories.
 
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I get most of my sights/scopes on Optic's Planet
That seller has a terrible reputation here on SIGforum. Proceed with caution.


I have had no issues with OP. So I guess I am another one of the lucky ones.
 
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I'm going to second the Konus scope. Under $200 is a crap shoot for rifle distances because in that price range you won't be getting either good glass, multi coatings, or both. I've used Konus out to 600 yards, and it's almost on par with Kowa in terms of veiwing quality.


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