[Tweeters] Do My Spotting Scope Selection Homework for Me

Rick Tyler rhtyler at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 10:42:54 PDT 2015

Hello Tweeters,

Thanks to my wonderful wife ("your birthday is coming up, go ahead and
pick out a new scope"), I'm shopping for a replacement for my stolen
spotting scope. I'm trying to keep to a budget of $1,000-1,200 for the
tripod and scope, and my inclination is to buy a good tripod and head
and a more-modest scope, with the thought that I will upgrade the
scope in a couple of years but would want to keep the tripod for the
new scope.

Any suggestions? My first scope was a 20-60 zoom 80mm Alpen, which
performed way better than I thought it would, and is now selling for
$425 on Amazon. I would just buy another one, but I thought I would
ask if anyone else has had good luck with under-$1k scopes? That 80mm
scope was pretty heavy, too. What about 60-65mm scopes? How does
winter birding in Washington work with a smaller objective lens?
$3,000 is Not in the Budget.

Thank you in advance for sharing your opinions and experience.

Rick Tyler

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