Spotting Scope Comparison Chart - Consumer Files

Spotting Scope Comparison Chart 2017

In Spotting Scopes by Consumer FilesLast Updated: February 1st, 2017

For ease of use, the spotting scope comparison chart is divided in three price sections, with the higher end spotting scopes first, followed by mid-range spotting scopes, and the most affordable ones last. Manufacturer and model of the scopes are found on the left-hand side, below their images. Along the top, from left to right, are the possible features a scope may have. Simply follow each row across to find out what features each spotting scope has and other pertinent factors, such as weight and size. The table is sortable, so you can sort each column from lower to higher value, or vice versa. See further explanation below the chart.

Higher End Spotting Scopes

Spotting Scope

Price
Approx.

Weight
(oz.)

Length
(in.)

Objective
Lens (mm.)

Zoom Range

Glass Type

Spotting Scope Chart - Vortex Razor HD

Vortex OpticsRazor HD RZR-65A1

$1,200

16

No Data

65

16-48x

XRPlus fully multi-coated, HD

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AlpenRainier 851ED-P

$1,300

No Data

No Data

86

25-75x

Fully multi-coated, ED (extra low dispersion), HD

Spotting Scope Comparison Chart - Kowa Spotting Scope

KowaProminar ED TSN-883-P

$1,900

53.6

13.5

88

Eyepiece sold separately

ED (extra low dispersion)

Swarovski Optik ATS 80 HD - Spotting Scope Comparisson Chart

Swarovski OptikATS 80 HD

$2,400

70.4

13.98

80

Eyepiece sold separately

Proprietary coating, HD

Mid-Range Priced Spotting Scopes

Spotting Scope

Price
Approx.

Weight
(oz.)

Length
(in.)

Objective
Lens (mm.)

Zoom Range

Glass Type

chart spotting scopes

RedfieldRampage 114651

$300

97.6

16

80

20-60x

No Data

Mid-Range Priced Spotting Scopes

LeupoldSX-1 Ventana 111357

$260

16

14.4

60

15-45x

Fully multi-coated

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Vanguard Endeavor HD 82A

$588

No Data

No Data

82

20-60x

Fully multi-coated, ED (extra low dispersion), HD

Spotting Scope Comparison Chart - Nikon Prostaff

NikonProstaff 5 6975

$600

65.6

15.5

82

20-60x

Multi-Coated

Affordable Spotting Scopes

Spotting Scope

Price
Approx.

Weight
(oz.)

Length
(in.)

Objective
Lens (mm.)

Zoom Range

Glass Type

best affordable spotting scopes

BarskaColorado CO11502

$67

8.8

13.5

60

20-60x

Fully Coated

Affordable Spotting Scopes

TascoWorld Class WC 20606045

$85

28.8

No Data

60

20-60x

Fully Coated

CelestronUltima 52250

$170

57.6

18

80

20-60x

Multi-Coated

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BushnellSentry 783618

$100

25.6

18.2

50

18-36x

Multi-Coated

Understanding the Spotting Scopes Comparison Chart

This spotting scope comparison chart is arranged by pricing sections, allowing you to quickly and easily pick out the best spotting scopes within your budget and compare their features. Some important features to consider with your next spotting scope purchase are:

  • Magnification range: this is how powerful it can zoom in and will dictate how far out you can see clearly.
  • Objective lens size: the larger the lens the more light it lets in to provide you a brighter image, however, weight and size will increase with larger objective lenses.
  • Size and weight: heavier scopes can be quite cumbersome if you plan on using your scope for hunting. A five pound scope may not seem that bad, but imagine dragging it all the way out into the bush, then all the way back in with the rest of your gear and that trophy buck.
  • The optics: some scopes will have additional protective coating on the lenses for protection, some will use special glass to increase resolution and prevent glare.
Spotting Scope Zoom Range

Spotting Scope Zoom Range

Other things to look at:

  • Additional features: some scopes will come with a tripod and multiple carrying cases while some high-end scopes don't even come with an eyepiece (which dictates the magnification range).
  • Field of view (FOV): this is how much you can see at a certain distance out at a certain magnification level.
  • Close focus: the closest distance you can still see clear images, useful for birding.
  • Durability: most spotting scopes are built fairly rugged, with waterproofing, fogproofing, and shock resistant rubber armor being fairly standard.
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This Leupold Scope comes with a tripod,
a hard case and a soft case.

Spotting Scope Comparison Chart Conclusion

Now that you've got a good idea of what features to expect for each price range and the quality of those features within that range, making that next spotting scope purchase should be a little bit easier. A few of these spotting scopes also include extras, such as a table-top tripod or hard and/or soft carrying case. So, once you've narrowed down your choices, be sure to see what else may be included by clicking on their links or images.

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Sources and Official Brand Websites:

 Bushnell  |  Kowa  |   Leupold  |  Alpen  |  Tasco  |  Barska  |  Vortex | Spotting Scope

Spotting Scope Comparison Chart 2017 was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by Consumer Files