Leupold 15-45x60mm Angled Spotting Scope

A few very good reviews (4.6 out of 5.0) over at amazon

when will the Redfield make a reappearance?

**Item: **Leupold 15-45x60mm Angled Spotting Scope
Price: $179.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $12 Two-Day OR $15 One-Day
Condition: New

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Take a look at the Spotting Scope Manual

pretty good reviews (4.7 out of 5.0) over at dickssportinggoods.com

Let’s read some additional info over at leupold.com

I think the same thing each time I spy a spotting scope.

$20 cheaper than last time, IIRC.

Someone always posts these tats and boobies whenever this spotter shows up here. Yay.

That video is worthless. All it shows is a lady opening the box.

That’s an unboxing video. A strange intertube phenomenon combining voyeurism / exhibitionism, consumerism, and a little bit of helpfulness. A recent article was posted here:

Here is a page with some reviews for the Ventana line, its not clear to me if there are other models. 4 reviews, 5/5 stars.
http://reviews.cabelas.com/8815/713590/leupold-sx-1-ventana-spotting-scope-reviews/reviews.htm

Bought this when it was $20 more, and I think it was easily worth that price. It does not come with a tripod, but it will accept any standard photography tripod mount.

I took it on a trip recently and used it for some pine tree watching (couldn’t find any birds) as well as some minor astronomy.

We were looking at the moon mid-day, and it was pretty clear. For a magnification reference, at the top end (45x) the moon almost completely fills the view finder. I shoot exclusively prime lenses for my cameras, but found that I liked the zoom aspect for being able to locate things at 15x, then zoom in to 45x for a detailed view.

If you’re looking for a shooting scope for anything out to 600 yards or so, this is an excellent choice for this price range. If you want to hit 1000 yards, I’ve heard the extra magnification of a 60x scope is very helpful.

Note that you’ll want to use a steady tripod. I was using it with a Dolica Proline 62" with the legs fully extended (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D60LG8) and it was fairly shaky at the 45x range. I have no other reference, but keeping the legs shorter or not touching it will obviously help with the stability.

Anyone know if you can attache a camera to it?

There’s always the DIY solution:
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Does anyone know where this is made?

Edit: Nevermind–it is made in China
http://answers.cabelas.com/answers/8815/product/713590/bill-lewis-leupold-sx-1-ventana-spotting-scope-questions-answers/questions.htm

The manual states Beaverton, Oregon.

Hope this helps!

Unfortunately, it is a gotcha. They say “Leupold optics are engineered and manufactured to standards set and monitored by the design engineers at Leupold’s plant in Oregon.” Makes it seem like they are made there, but really they are made in China. I’ve found with optics that unless they come out and say MADE IN AMERICA in big bold letters, they usually aren’t. Which is incredibly frustrating.

That said, I’m in for one. Good reviews all around and a great price. The lifetime warranty convinces me–at least if it breaks they will fix it. Thanks for the help!

No problem. Thank YOU for bringing more info to the table. I’ll keep this in mind, if there’s a next time!