While most spotting scopes can handle short range sighting with little difficulty, spotting out at 300 yards is really when the quality of the optics comes into play and makes the difference.
We've handpicked these four scopes for anyone who's looking for a good spotting scope for 300 yards. We used quality of optics, magnification range, and objective lens size as our determining factors.
In the end, the Konus 7122 Spotting Scope won our vote as the best choice, but check out the full review of these scopes below for our reasoning why.
Konus Spotting Scope Model 7122
Top Pick for the Best Spotting Scope for 300 Yards
This spotting scope is on the large size, at 18.8 inches long and weighing 5.3 pounds. However, with that extra size come a lot of qualities. It features a standard 20-60x magnification range, with an impressive 100 mm objective lens. It has a FOV at 1000 yards of 88 feet at 20x and 44 feet at 60x. It comes with a soft carrying case, HD glass and has a rubber-armored metal housing that makes it waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof.
Pros & Cons
This scope has impressive optics that offer clear images even at higher magnification and a good eye relief -important for those who wear glasses. Despite the large 100 mm objective lens, the scope still performs well under bright light conditions.
There is a slight chromatic aberration at 60x, but not so much that it distorts the image or makes the scope difficult to use. It is also on the heavy side, so a sturdy tripod is a necessity. It also is one of the few scopes to come with a camera adapter.
Barska Colorado CO11218 - Good Spotting Scopes for 300 Yards
The higher 30-90x magnification range of this full-sized spotting scope make an excellent choice for long distances. Pair that with a large 90mm objective lens and you should have no problems viewing your target out at 300 yards or even at 500 yards. The fully multi-coated optics are made of high definition (HD) glass to provide clarity and high color contrast. It's also O-ring sealed and dry nitrogen purged, making it fully waterproof and fog proof.
At 21 inches long and weighing 3.1 pounds, making it relatively lighter in weight compared to other full-sized scopes.
This scopes packs a lot of power, but with that power comes a longer spotting scope that requires a sturdy tripod for clear images (a weaker tripod will cause it to tip and wiggle.) It moves smoothly through the magnification ranges and the wide objective lens pulls in a lot of light, which is useful in low light conditions. It includes a built in sun shade and comes with a soft carrying case.
Pros & Cons
Despite a great price (retail list price of about $250, but can be found for less than $130) this amount of power this scope brings is overkill for anything but long distance viewing.
Alpen Rainier 851ED Straight Spotting Scope
Note: Alpen Optics has been acquired by Explore Scientific in 2018.
This is a higher end scope that has the quality and features you would expect for the price. It features a wide 25-75x magnification range and an 86mm objective lens. It features both ED (extra low dispersion) and HD (high density) glass with UBX fully multi-coated optics. This sleek rubber-armored spotting scope is waterproof and fog proof. It was also the editor's choice in Outdoor Life Magazine's 2014 gear test. This scope is also backed by Alpen's no fault, no problem lifetime warranty.
Pros & Cons
This scope has great optics, with the ED and HD glass providing bright and high contrast images even at higher magnification. The larger objective lens pulls in a lot of light to help in low light conditions. However, this level of quality comes with a higher price tag.
This is also a larger scope so a sturdy tripod is required for proper viewing. The higher end optics are also sensitive so focusing between magnification ranges can take some getting used to.
Vortex Optics Razor HD RZR-65A1 Angled Spotting Scope
This higher end spotting scope features both ED and HD glass, with proprietary XRPlus fully multi-coated optics and triplet apochromatic lenses to provide even sharper color. The 16-48x magnification range is complimented by a 65mm objective lens. While this isn't as powerful nor as large an objective lens as other scopes in this list, the quality of the optics is great enough to provide excellent image quality at 300 yards easy, with no color dilution or distortion at higher magnification.
Pros & Cons
This is a higher end scope with high-end optics that may be the last scope you ever buy. Despite being a full sized scope, it is still relatively lightweight at two pounds. The HD and ED glass provide clear images with edge to edge detail and color fidelity that you just can't get in a budget scope.
However, while that higher price tag does bring higher quality optics, it lacks in other features and extras, coming only with a view through canvas carrying case and lens caps.
A Good Spotting Scope for 300 Yards
Picking the best spotting scope for 300 yards out of these four was no easy task! These scopes all feature HD glass with great optics and more than enough power to see targets at a distance.
But, we had to go with the Konus 7122 Spotting Scope for its affordability and impressive 100 mm objective lens that really takes advantage of low light conditions, yet still performs well in bright, full sun. We also liked the inclusion of a camera adapter that allows you to snap a photo of that trophy buck just before you take aim and bring it home.