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Spotting scope advice? (Sub 1k) Post Yellowstone upgrade

Thread in 'Gear Reviews' started by nicaburns, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. nicaburns

    nicaburns MacGyver Wannabe

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    We just got back from Yellowstone and realized my spotting scope needs an upgrade. I have a Celestron Ultima 65 which is fine for basic range use and pretty clear up to about 30x. Watching wolves chase baby buffalo in the Lamar valley at a mile away left me wanting more.
    Anyone got advice for best bang for the buck? Reviews lead me to vortex diamondback but open to sage advice!!
    Thanks!
     
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    @cmshoot may have some knowledge to share.
     
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    That had to been an awesome trip. I'd love to see pictures.
     
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    Will try to get some posted... it was a trip we have wanted to do for some time but decided to make our first "empty nester" trip. In yellowstone there are plenty of professional photographers with optics to die for but we just hope to go back again next year with a bit of an upgrade. I am realistic enough to know that my budget does not allow for clear zoom pics at over a mile out but maybe easier viewing. We saw Wolves, Black bears, Grizzly, Moose, Bighorn, Elk, Coyote, Pronghorn, Mule Deer, and more Buffalo than we could count... Was definitely rooting for the three wolves trying to cut out a calf but the heard rallied and backed them down.
     
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    If you can adjust that $ limit slightly check out Meopta. I was not willing to spend NF money so I went Meopta to replace my Leupold.
     
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    Inkedwolves_LI.jpg
    I am no photographer so this was with a Canon that does 35x optical and 140x digital. This was at 140x on a tripod. My rangefinder only does 1500yds and this was well over a mile.
     
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    pronghorn.JPG osprey fish.JPG
    note the trout this osprey has just snagged for breakfast
     
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