Mike's Reloading Bench
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OK, here we go again. We need a spotting scope but what to buy? How much magnification? What does it come with? What else will we have to buy to be able to use it properly or to its full potential? Where does my "stupid bar" need to be set? How good is the after sale support? How good does the glass REALLY need to be?
Seems these are the same kinds of questions I had when it came to choosing the optics for our rifles. So off I went into the cloud once more to do some research. I have to say I think I'm getting pretty good at reading reviews or watching videos and deciding who is giving a truthful and useful report. So many of the forums are infested with wanna be advice givers who spew such nonsense that you really do have to read or view and listen carefully. Most folks who are knowledgable about what ever it is they are writing about or reviewing usually get right to the point because they are actually trying to help someone make a decision, not dazzle everyone with what they think they know.
After deciding on a price range by doing really nothing more than looking at what various retailers sell the scopes for, I then picked a few different companys that offered scopes that fell into the price range I was comfortable with. Now it was just a matter of reading or watching reviews and seeing how they stacked up against each other.
It became quickly apparent to me that the Konus 20 X 60 X 100 was what I wanted. There were many good reviews and a couple of really well done and informative videos that helped me make my decision. My shooting buddy, Ron, has a Konus scope on his AR-15 and he is very happy with it. The biggest complaint people had with the Konus spotting scope was its size and weight. Other than that it was pretty much five stars from everyone. For me personally the weight is a non-issue as I will never be humping it through the underbrush or up the side of a mountian. That stuff is just not in the cards for me anymore. All this scope has to do is sit quietly on the tripod and wait for me to gaze through it after sending a few rounds down range. The 100MM objective really gathers a ton of light and for my old eyes that is a good thing. The glass is clear and the eye relief is sufficient so that my glasses are not a problem. The scope came with a very nice bag which included a small blanket of sorts to wrap the scope in for protection from the elements. It also came with a well made aluminum camera adapter and tight fitting covers for the objective and occular lenses. This scope also has an adjustable sun shade which slides in and out very smoothly. The scope itself appears to be very well made. It is not a lightweight at around 5-1/2 lbs but like I said that is a non issue for me. The mounting point is the standard 1/4-20 camera style mount. If I have one complaint it would be that I wish the mounting piont was moved forward about two inches. As it is, the scope is quite front heavy and I think it could be a problem if not mounted on a good tripod. Having said that, it was no problem to fabricate a 3/16" thick aluminum strip 1-1/4" wide by 4" long and move the mounting point forward. Problem solved. All in all this is one hell of a nice scope for the money. I waited and got it on sale at Midway for $300 to my door. You just can't beat that!
Speaking of tripods, I'm going to mount this scope on a contractors tripod which I found at Home Depot for around $70. I will have to make my own mount but when I am done I will have a super solid platform for this scope. I have a pretty decent camera tripod but it just has too much slop in all the hinge points and too much plastic for me.
Mike's Reloading Bench is not afilliated with Lee Precision.
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Choosing a spotting scope