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Title: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: badnewskruse on August 01, 2021, 05:52:15 PM
So im in the market for a new spotting scope and im looking for recommendations on something that is light and fits well in a backpack. The one i have now is just to big and bulky takes up to much space. Thanks for any input fellas
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: huntandjeep on August 01, 2021, 06:15:02 PM
What's your budget ?
We use Swarovski 65mm's
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: MtnMuley on August 01, 2021, 06:19:29 PM
I pack a Kowa 554 over a Swaro 65 these days in the backcountry. Significant size and weight difference. Try one out.
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: savagehunter on August 01, 2021, 06:51:10 PM
Just picked up 11-33 vortex razor much smaller than the 85mm I have packed the last 5 years glass is very clear
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: Tbar on August 01, 2021, 07:12:24 PM
I pack a Kowa 554 over a Swaro 65 these days in the backcountry. Significant size and weight difference. Try one out.
:yeah:
Hands down the best performance to weight value.
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: badnewskruse on August 01, 2021, 07:48:53 PM
my budget is about 1500 but could do more for the right glass. buy once cry once ha this will probably be the last one i buy for a long time so i dont have a problem spending a bit more for something quality that i will be happy with for the next twenty years
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: Tbar on August 01, 2021, 07:51:21 PM
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,249784.msg3369880.html#msg3369880
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: Wanttohuntmore on August 02, 2021, 06:24:00 AM
Nikon ED50.
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: b23 on August 02, 2021, 07:31:55 AM
Nikon ED50.

 :yeah:

Those little Nikon ED50's are pretty darn good spotters and for something small to stick in your pack but still has very good optics the ED50 is a great option.
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: ganghis on August 02, 2021, 08:55:57 AM
Kowa 553 or 554.  <2 lbs.  Check out reviews on rokslide, etc. 
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on August 02, 2021, 09:02:30 AM
Just picked up 11-33 vortex razor much smaller than the 85mm I have packed the last 5 years glass is very clear

I have the same. Compact, light, and pretty darn good little spotter.
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: headshot5 on August 02, 2021, 09:28:05 AM
Just picked up 11-33 vortex razor much smaller than the 85mm I have packed the last 5 years glass is very clear

I have the same. Compact, light, and pretty darn good little spotter.

 :yeah:

Me too.  No problems with it.  Been really useful, and a good size. 
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: phildobaggins on August 02, 2021, 09:33:58 AM
Bushnell Sentry 18-36x50
Title: Re: spotting scope for backpack hunting
Post by: ian_padron on August 03, 2021, 12:40:09 PM
Wouldn't trade my Kowa 554 for any other spotter. The ONLY option for ounce counters who still need top tier performance.
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