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#1 JakeT

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 03:44 PM

Im looking for a spotting scope. Im thinking about the Vortex Diamondback or the Leopold Ventana 20-60. Not sure about 60 or 80mm. Anybody use either of these optics? Thanks
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Posted 02 October 2014 - 06:13 PM

I haven't used either of those particular scopes. Just gonna throw a tid bit of info out there. Some of the best info I have ever found concerning optics is at opticsforbirding.com. They do sell optics there but that isn't the point I am sharing, of course get them where the best deal is. On that site there is a link or post or whatever the right word is that comprehensively explains all of the different types of glass, coatings, prisms, eyepieces etc... It isn't a sales pitch in anyway. Just plain and simple information for you to be able to compare and find the best equipment in your price range. When I was shopping for some mid range binos (>$1000) for full time around the neck use I was very surprised that when you know what all of the acronyms and numbers mean the price tag doesn't equal quality, especially in the less than top of the food chain scopes. Good luck! Stay open minded about about the name tag and read lots of reviews. As far as 60mm vs 80mm it boils right down to the root of it. Finding the balance between weight, low light performance and field of view. Good Luck.

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 07:14 PM

I have not used either, but, have heard some good stuff about Vortex for what it is worth.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 07:16 AM

vortex all the way..no brainer..the big boys that guide in nevada turned me on to them...while looking thru my swarovski..the dude put his vortex up to mine..no difference..except the price of course..vortex all the way for the serious mammal hunter .cant beat the price..lifetime run it over in the truck type no questions asked warranty..you,ll never by another..[man..i should be a pro staffer for them im pimping them so well..} if your trucking go 80..if your packing go 60..thats my 1.5. cents


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 07:25 AM

I use the Vortex Razor HD spotter and it is awesome if you can afford to go with it you will not be disappointed. The Diamondback is a good product as well and although the Razor 3x the price it will last you your whole life and then hand down to your kids.

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 07:31 AM

Vortex makes a nice product and have a great guarantee..........Before I bought the Swavo's, I used Vortex Diamondback's.........Really good glass for the money............ :two-cents:


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Posted 07 October 2014 - 08:55 PM

We used the Vortex Diamondback 80mm Spoting Scope on my NV Elk Hunt. Awesome to say the least!!! We were watching Bulls a mile away and it was unreal! I'm sold on the Vortex! I'll be getting one soon!

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 09:20 PM

I own one and when I bought I looked through both next to each other and I bought the Vortex

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