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bcampbe7
12-20-2006, 01:42 PM
My brothers and I are going to get my Dad a spotting scope for his b-day.

Any recommendations on the best spotting scope for the money? We are looking to stay under $500.

This is the one we had in mind, but we don't know if it a good one or not:

http://www.opticsplanet.net/zhumell-spotting-scope-30-90x118.html#

Dan K
12-20-2006, 02:21 PM
I like the ones you look directly through not the canted eye peice. Depends what he is using it for. anothe handy featur I like is an optional window mount. I use this out west on hunts, roll the window part way down and hook the scope up there to spot as we move from field to field.

bigmac
12-20-2006, 03:18 PM
I happened to be speaking with a buddy who is into amateur astronomy and is a tech-geek. I asked him about Zhumell and he tells me that they are budget-priced optics that have a general reputation for rather excessive chromatic aberration. The reason it's $349 compared to the same Nikon scope that's $1600 is the quality of optical glass and the lens coating.

He hastens to add that chromatic aberration is a make-or-break problem in any kind of scope that's being used to look at stars (or especially photograph them using a T-mount), but might not be a big problem at all for hunting, shooting, or birding.

bcampbe7
12-20-2006, 03:27 PM
Thanks guys...

He is just going to use it to look at wildlife in the field behind their house.

I found this one too... It had good reviews from what I found.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/celestron-ultima-100ed-spotting-scope.html

bigmac
12-20-2006, 03:43 PM
Here's a review on the Zhumell... (http://www.binoculars.org/birding/Reviews/Zhumell/SpottingScope3090x118mmAngled.html)

bcampbe7
12-20-2006, 03:55 PM
Here's a review on the Zhumell... (http://www.binoculars.org/birding/Reviews/Zhumell/SpottingScope3090x118mmAngled.html)


Yeah, I think the Zhumell is out.

I really like the Celestron (http://www.opticsplanet.net/celestron-ultima-100ed-spotting-scope.html). Does your buddy have an opinion on that one?

bigmac
12-20-2006, 04:08 PM
Yeah, I think the Zhumell is out.

I really like the Celestron (http://www.opticsplanet.net/celestron-ultima-100ed-spotting-scope.html). Does your buddy have an opinion on that one?

Too late to ask him, but I know he bought his son a Celestron astronomy telescope last year. Generally, their reputation for optics is pretty good, and the model you mention specifies that it uses a low-dispersion glass. I'd be willing to bet that spotting scope is pretty good.

bcampbe7
12-20-2006, 04:16 PM
Too late to ask him, but I know he bought his son a Celestron astronomy telescope last year. Generally, their reputation for optics is pretty good, and the model you mention specifies that it uses a low-dispersion glass. I'd be willing to bet that spotting scope is pretty good.


Thanks BigMac! :cool:

Workin' 4 Toys
12-21-2006, 08:12 AM
Beau, wouldn't binoculars be a better choice for what he plans on doing with it?