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HI I am still after some advice on a spoting scope I need to be able to see my nocks clearly at a 100Y is the goal. Would 25 x 60 scope be the best choice for this. 25x 60 = 25 x magnification and a front lens of 60mm Hands

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I’ve not got one, but its on the Christmas list. http://www.archery-optics.co.uk/

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>HI >I am still after some advice on a spoting scope >I need to be able to see my nocks clearly at a 100Y is the goal. >Would 25 x 60 scope be the best choice for this. >25x 60 = 25 x magnification and a front lens of 60mm

See usenet archives for more discussions on spotting scopes, but yes, 25×60 will generally be suitable for 100y spotting, but beware that some 25×60 scopes give better images than others (image quality, light transmission and field of view and eye relief are all factors to be taken into consideration when chosing a scope – see http://www.obm.co.uk/choosing/spottingscope.htm for a description) Then of course there’s the waterproof/armoured options to consider. One of my favourite scopes (aso a favourite of full and small-bore rifle shooters) is the Opticron AA63A (http://www.obm.co.uk/products/db/40302.htm) which is only 22×60 but gives a large, bright image with a wide field of view and good eye relief.

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> HI > I am still after some advice on a spoting scope > I need to be able to see my nocks clearly at a 100Y is the goal. > Would 25 x 60 scope be the best choice for this. > 25x 60 = 25 x magnification and a front lens of 60mm > Hands

I’ve got an Opticron 22×70 and still have difficulty seeing nocks sometimes. It’s not the clarity, it’s the lack of magnification.  I tried out a zoom eyepiece at a local shop and I’m definitely going to get one – it makes a hell of a difference.  So, I would recommend at least 22×50 with some sort of zoom. There is a scope and tripod set at www.quicks.com that looks pretty reasonable for the money (but I have not tried it – it just looks good on spec, IMHO). If you get a straight scope, you might want to consider getting a tripod with mount capable of z-axis rotation – it can make life much easier.  If you can get one that rotates in X, Y and Z you can pretty much cope with any ground variations. HTH, -Mac

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