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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

Looks like a rebranded Vortex Diamondback scope.

Alot of Celestrons on ebay:

www.ebay.com/sch/i.htm...x&_sacat=0


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

I'm very wary of buying optics off eBay, especially after the Leopold debacle where the chinese were producing "Leopold" scopes that were direct copies...without the quality of build. Having said that, not all items on eBay are garbage...some are genuine and good value.

The Chinese are masters at reverse engineering, but building to their own shoddy standards.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

Stopped at Cabela's last night to look at spotting scopes. Took my 20-60x60mm with me for comparison. Cabela's was the only place locally that I have found so far where I can get my hands on the scope and compare. They had an eye chart on the other end of the building that I could zoom in on - great for comparing detail, clarity, and brightness. They didn't have any Celestrons. I lined up the Vortex Razor, Vortex Diamond Back, Cabela's Vortex Intrepid, Nikon Prostaff 5, and my Simmons to compare my 60mm objective to units with 80+ mm objectives. Of course the Razor was best overall and had features the others didn't, e.g., coarse and fine zoom knobs, tilt, etc. I was surprised to see the Nikon was equivalent in clarity and brightness to the Razor at 1/3 the price. I need to investigate more and find a Celestron.

www.opticsplanet.com/r...ecommended

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

I bought mine at Optic Planet.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

Optics Planet: great service. Ask them about Scratch-n-Dent! I gota Bushnell Tactical Elite 15X mil-dot that had a scratch on it for 3 bills!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

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I have a Celestron Ultima 80 20-60x .... I have always been able to see .22 bullet holes at 100 yards and I can usually see them at 200 yards if the light and back ground is right. ... I have looked through the ED glass models by Celestron, Swarovski, Kowa Konus Bushnell Nikon Zumhell... some of which cost 5 times what my Celestron costs... and I can still see mirage and holes as well as the high dollar scopes. ... I would order another Celestron Ultima 20-60X.

Thanks for the recommendation, Dawgdad! Mrs. Claus put a Celestron under the tree for me!! Some pretty impressive clarity - I feel like I see the filaments in the Christmas lights across the street.

Did you get a carry case for it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

No - just the soft bag that came with it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

Found a RIDGID injected molded tool box that will hold it nicely. I'm loading it with foam for projection. I will be throwing it in the back of my truck too much.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:10 am    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

Can't believe this injected molded tool box only cost $29. Pretty slick. I took out all the innards and glued in some foam.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

slimjim wrote:
Found a RIDGID injected molded tool box that will hold it nicely. I'm loading it with foam for projection. I will be throwing it in the back of my truck too much.

Where did you find that box? I've been looking for something similar. Pelican's are just too expensive.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

slimjim wrote:
Dawgdad wrote:
I have a Celestron Ultima 80 20-60x .... I have always been able to see .22 bullet holes at 100 yards and I can usually see them at 200 yards if the light and back ground is right. ... I have looked through the ED glass models by Celestron, Swarovski, Kowa Konus Bushnell Nikon Zumhell... some of which cost 5 times what my Celestron costs... and I can still see mirage and holes as well as the high dollar scopes. ... I would order another Celestron Ultima 20-60X.

Thanks for the recommendation, Dawgdad! Mrs. Claus put a Celestron under the tree for me!! Some pretty impressive clarity - I feel like I see the filaments in the Christmas lights across the street.

Did you get a carry case for it?


Slim,

What is your intended use?

Range or spotting game?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:04 am    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

What motivated me to get this spotting scope was for hunting pronghorn though I look forward to using it on the range. I have an inexpensive Simmons 20-60x 60mm and above 35x in low light conditions it is of no value. I plan on using it with a window mount when scoping for pronghorn. At the range, I'm hoping I will be able to read my chrony when I'm shooting through it at 200 yards during bullet BC testing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

slimjim wrote:
What motivated me to get this spotting scope was for hunting pronghorn though I look forward to using it on the range. I have an inexpensive Simmons 20-60x 60mm and above 35x in low light conditions it is of no value. I plan on using it with a window mount when scoping for pronghorn. At the range, I'm hoping I will be able to read my chrony when I'm shooting through it at 200 yards during bullet BC testing.

Have you had a chance to look at anything other than Christmas lights with it yet???

I have one on the way, but plan to use it at mainly at the range, although it will probably be in the truck with me next year during hunting season.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:08 am    Post subject: Re: spotting scope Reply with quote

Hope to get out this weekend or next.

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