Dear Eagle Optics,
I'm looking at purchasing a new spotting scope for this year's hunting season. I was looking at the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x80 Angled Spotting Scope, but after reading some reviews, I'm unsure if it will fit my needs.
Question is: what would be your recommendation for a good back-country spotting scope in that price range? I mostly hunt elk and the furthest shot I would probably take is about the 500-yd. range. I basically need to be able to count the antler points at that distance.
Thanks for your inquiry.
We decided to test the Viper for you here at the store. With a rangefinder, we determined a distant tree on a hill that was 500 yards away. We could easily see the shape of the leaves and details of some branches; we noted 2 birds in the treetop. In our opinion the Viper has excellent quality (and unbeatable warranty) for under $1K. The Viper is a solid scope in its price range and is one we recommend often.
In a slightly higher price point, you could consider:
If I may be of further assistance, don't hesitate to ask.
All the best,