Summer is finally here, and with that comes glassing deer. If you want a good spotting scope, you should be using one of these.
Glassing deer from a distance can be a great tool to use while scouting in the summer. It is one of my favorite ways to scout deer. Having a sub-par spotting scope can be frustrating. If you're serious about glassing, think about investing in one of these five spotting scopes.
1. Swarovski 80mm STS HD
This spotting scope is the ultimate. This is as about as nice of a spotting scope you can purchase. It features a high density glass and a fully multi coated lens to produce a sharp image. It is lightweight, yet still sturdy. Not to mention, it is waterproof and fog-proof. The only downside of this model is that the eye piece is sold separately. This one comes in with a price point at a little over $2,000, so it is not for everyone.
2. Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85mm
Vortex Optics has long been known to produce quality optics and they've been producing some of the best spotting scopes. This one is no different, as it is equipped with an adjustable eyecup and a duel focus feature that allows for fine adjustments which increases image clarity. It is weatherproofed against rain, snow, and fog, so no weather is a match for it. This spotting scope runs at a price point of just over $1,500. The great thing about purchasing vortex optics is they will repair or replace your product if it becomes damaged or defective at no cost to you. The Unlimited Lifetime Warranty is worth the money alone.
3. Nikon Prostaff 5 20-60x82mm
The Nikon Prostaff 5 is a more mid range spotting scope. At a price point of $600, it is more affordable than the first two. This spotting scope is a great bang for your buck. It is lightweight and has a built in sliding sunshade to eliminate glares in bright conditions. A common complaint of this spotting scope is that it isn't nearly as clear while zoomed all the way in, compared to zoomed out.
4. Leupold SX-1 Ventana
The Leupold SX-1 Ventana spotting scope is another good middle of the pack spotting scope. It is waterproof, and includes an easy-to-use focus dial located on the eyepiece. If you're looking for a good starter spotting scope, but not trying to break the bank, at $500, this one could be for you.
5. Bushnell Trophy Xtreme
This spotting scope is the perfect one for you to get into using a spotting scope for the first time, or if your not as serious. With a price point of only $300, it won't make as much of a dent in the bank account, and it is something you can use, and maybe move on from once you decide to upgrade.
If you're looking at getting a new spotting scope this summer, or buying one for the first time, check these out. Don't let the prices scare you away, it is expensive to get quality optics, but they will last a long time, and will be worth it when it is all said and done.