Before buying on line, it's advisable to check out spotting scopes at a local store to see how you like them.
The following scopes are listed according to price and on-line recommendations.
Celestron 52250 80mm Ultima Zoom Spotting Scope [about $150 - Jul 2011]
Vortex Impact RA 25 - 75x70 mm Angled Spotting Scope [about $150 - Jul 2011]
Bushnell Trophy 20-60x65 Waterproof Spotting Scope (Green) [about $176 - Jul 2011]
($200 to $500)
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60 x80 (45 degree) Spotting Scope [about $430 - Jul 2011]
Alpen Waterproof 20-60X80 Spotting Scope 788 [about $460 - Jul 2011]
Bushnell Legend Ultra High Definition Black Ed Glass Spotting Scope,
Pentax PF-65ED II Spotting Scope [about $460 - Jul 2011]
Leupold Gr 15-30X50Mm Compact Spotting Scope [compact -- about $500 - Jul 2011]
($500 to $1000)
Brunton Eterna Angled Scope with 20-60 X 80 lens [about $872 on sale - Jul 2011]
Bushnell Elite 20-60x80 ED, Angled [not through Amazon - about $872 - Jul 2011]
Nikon Fieldscope 50mm ED Angled Spotting scope [compact -- about $800 - Jul 2011]
Vortex, Skyline 20-60x80ED Straight Spotting Scope
PF-80ED-A 80mm ED Waterproof Angled Spotting Scope w/Case
|The Very Best
APO-Televid 82, 82mm Angled, with 25-50x Vario Eyepiece
TSN-884 Prominar ED 88mm Straight Spotting Scope
Nikon Fieldscope ED82 - Spotting scope 25-75 x 82 [about $1,600 - Jul 2011]
Razor HD 20-60x85 Straight Spotting Scope RZR-S1
Before buying a tripod and head on line, it's advisable to check them out at a local
store to see
The following tripods are listed by composition and size. Heads are listed with their scopes.
(from #65 to $160)
Pro 330 EZ Tripod Kit, with SH-707E Multi-Action Pan Head
Slik Pro 340 EZ - Tripod - with Slik SH-707E [about $120 - Jul 2011] Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Vanguard Tracker-2 All Aluminum Alloy Tripod with 3-Way Panhead
Vortex Pro GT Tripod Binoculars [needs a head - about $100 - Jul 2011] Weight: 3 lbs.
Manfrotto 055 XB Tripod Legs [needs a head -about $160 - Jul 2011] Weight: 5.1 lbs.
(from $250 to $420)
Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 3-Section Pro Carbon Fiber Legs
GT0531 Series 0 6X 3-Section Tripod with G-Lock
(from $85 to $362)
Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Tripod Head [about $85 - Jul 2011] Weight: 2 lbs.
Manfrotto 222 Grip Action Ball Tripod Head [about $114 - Jul 2011]
Manfrotto 322 RC2 Grip Action Ball Head [about $124 - Jul 2011]
Swarovski DH 101 Tripod Head [about $362 - Jul 2011] Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Gitzo GH2720QR Birdwatching Tripod Head [about $350 - Jul 2011] Weight: 1.2 lbs.