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    Quote Originally Posted by 42769vette View Post
    You made the right choice, keep in mind a lifetime warranty is only as good as the company behind it. If the company has lots of stipulation's, or goes belly up, you have a warranty worth zilch. Keep in mind about 30 new optics companies come on the market every year, and very few last over 2 years.
    Thanks again... you and sbu have really gone the "extra" mile helping me and others. When I can afford it, my business is yours. I'll be needing a 1-6x HD II for that Tavor. Nothing else will do after looking through one. Then there's the CZ 452. Then the... ?

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    Thanks for the response.

    After reading your post about 3 times I'm about to spring for a Rampage.
    What differences did you find between the X60 and the X80?
    As a novice I would expect better low performance from the X80.

    Thanks again for the timely post.

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    What are the options for eyepieces marked in MOA or mildot? With Vortex it looks like you need to step up to the Razor or Viper and buy a separate eyepiece. Their website doesn't show separate eyepieces for the Diamondback. I'm not sure if there are any options for the other brand scopes. When shooting steel or prairie dogs it'd be nice to have a spotter calling out corrections in MOA or mildots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punkinhead View Post
    That was a good read and very timely for me since I'm in the market for a spotting scope. The Alpen is in the price range I'm comfortable with. I'm curious about your (and others') thoughts on straight vs. angled eyepiece. A little bit of internet research shows there doesn't seem to be a concensus - there are strong proponents for both. I'll be using it off a bench.
    Opinions vary. I like angled on a scope that can be rotated (spun) to offer different presentations to the viewer. It's also easier for multiple viewers of different heights to use without touching the tripod. The straight eyepiece has is quicker to get on target. It's really just personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 42769vette View Post
    You made the right choice, keep in mind a lifetime warranty is only as good as the company behind it. If the company has lots of stipulation's, or goes belly up, you have a warranty worth zilch. Keep in mind about 30 new optics companies come on the market every year, and very few last over 2 years.
    Alan is right on. I'm a rebel, which is why I would try Levenhuk. The Konus is the solid choice.

    Also, Levenhuk is a publicly traded company that has been around a few years. But does that mean they will be in ten? Both the Levenhuk and Konus are copies of a more expensive scope, who knew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gstanley102 View Post
    Thanks for the response.

    After reading your post about 3 times I'm about to spring for a Rampage.
    What differences did you find between the X60 and the X80?
    As a novice I would expect better low performance from the X80.

    Thanks again for the timely post.
    The 80 lets in more light and therefore has a better low light image. The difference is enough to warrant the price of the 80 in my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punkinhead View Post
    What are the options for eyepieces marked in MOA or mildot? With Vortex it looks like you need to step up to the Razor or Viper and buy a separate eyepiece. Their website doesn't show separate eyepieces for the Diamondback. I'm not sure if there are any options for the other brand scopes. When shooting steel or prairie dogs it'd be nice to have a spotter calling out corrections in MOA or mildots.
    I wasn't looking for mil-dot scopes, but I did notice a few. Alan would be the one to ask in reference to Vortex. Kowa has them, you have to request it. Since we were looking for a "short range" affordable spotter, that reticle just wasn't a concern. I wish I could be more help. I do know that some "name brand" scopes offer it, and for some it's special order. You will have to investigate this yourself I'm afraid! Please let us know what you find out. Thanks for the comment.
    Last edited by sbu sailor; 06-23-2015 at 15:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double T View Post
    It was free. Hard to beat the price. I figure I will be checking groups during a period I am not shooting, and if I'm sighting in a rifle, I'm doing it at the $4 DNR range
    Can't beat that price!

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    I just had a first look through the Konuspot80 I picked up from Optics Planet for $202 (shipped). It arrived in perfect condition and initial impression is it's very well built. I can't imagine anyone with even remotely realistic expectations being disappointed with this spotting scope at this price. Best I can say is that if I'd looked through it in a store I'd have still bought it. I'd rate the image a solid 93/100 at 20x and 88/100 at 60x (totally subjective and I'm a tough critic). There's chromatic aberration that sneaks in as the magnification is turned up, but it's not a big deal unless you have a very high-contrast situation such as a dark object against bright sky. Really pleased--we'll see how it goes at the range next.

    Edit: It's a bit large... you probably won't want to hike with this

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbhausen View Post
    I just had a first look through the Konuspot80 I picked up from Optics Planet for $202 (shipped). It arrived in perfect condition and initial impression is it's very well built. I can't imagine anyone with even remotely realistic expectations being disappointed with this spotting scope at this price. Best I can say is that if I'd looked through it in a store I'd have still bought it. I'd rate the image a solid 93/100 at 20x and 88/100 at 60x (totally subjective and I'm a tough critic). There's chromatic aberration that sneaks in as the magnification is turned up, but it's not a big deal unless you have a very high-contrast situation such as a dark object against bright sky. Really pleased--we'll see how it goes at the range next.

    Edit: It's a bit large... you probably won't want to hike with this
    Where the Konus falls a bit short is catching vapor trail, it can be done, but its not easy. Most shooters never see a vapor trail anyways, so its a mute point. I wish I could stock Konus spotter's but they want you to stock their scopes as well, and their scopes and no where near my standards for sales, but I bet Ive sold 50-100 spotters for them.

    "You don't have to spend a fortune to play the game, but you do have to spend your money wisely"

    owner/ operator of www.aaoptics.com

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    contact me at alan@aaoptics.com

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