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Spot on spotting scopes

Post by hipirn on Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:39 am

Yeah I know this subject has gotten a lot of space in the past and most everyone has an opinion. I've owned I suppose 10 or so moderately priced spotting scopes over the last 50 years and I'm still looking for the "right" scope.
I currently have an Aspen 15/30, 50MM straight tube on my box. It is decent, a bit heavy, optics pretty good but not out standing. I don't like the focus adjustment, it works OK but is awkward to use and I can't always see 22 holes at 50 yds. under some lighting?
The other scope I use is a Champions Choice 15/45, 50MM with the angle tube. It is also a bit heavy, the optics are about the same as the Aspen. The thing I dislike most about this scope is that the eye piece sticks out a long ways from the scope body, in fact at some space restricted indoor ranges I can't use it and my brass catcher at the same time as their is not enough room to operate a recoiling gun between the two!
When at matches I try to observe what spotter others are using and if there is a lull I'll ask permission to look through it. Usually the owner has an opinion, seldom is anyone completely happy with their scope setup.
If you are very satisfied with your spotting system and it has good eye relief, please share it with us... hipirn

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Post by DavidR on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:45 am

I use the kowa 501 ts, I had one when i stopped shooting 5 years ago when i injured my shoulder, now on a comeback i wanted one but kowa no longer makes them. i was lucky enough to buy one from a list member, if you can find one they work great for BE, also the NG is a great scope but a bit pricey at 300.00
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Post by hipirn on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:09 pm

Thanks David. I suppose I should have bought the only used 501 ts Kowa I've seen for sale, but the thing was PINK! If I see another within reason color won't stop me the next time (I've painted several cars, surely a scope could be color changed)!
I've seen a couple of the NG's on the line but never looked through one. One match I attend usually has a guy with an NG. Cute looking, gotta be light weight, don't know about it's other attributes though. hipirn

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Post by Founder on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:22 am

I too searched high and low for a Kowa 501. Ended up with a Champions Choice scope that I am very pleased with for only $95! I will update this post with a model number later on.
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Post by F. Paul Figlia on Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:49 am

hipirn wrote: Thanks David. I suppose I should have bought the only used 501 ts Kowa I've seen for sale, but the thing was PINK! If I see another within reason color won't stop me the next time (I've painted several cars, surely a scope could be color changed)!
I've seen a couple of the NG's on the line but never looked through one. One match I attend usually has a guy with an NG. Cute looking, gotta be light weight, don't know about it's other attributes though. hipirn

Does anyone know a source for spare parts for the Kowa 501? I need to replace a small plastic tab on the internal mechanism to restore it to working order. Damn fine scope for the price!

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Post by sklarcpa on Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:12 pm

Joe Fobes wrote:I too searched high and low for a Kowa 501. Ended up with a Champions Choice scope that I am very pleased with for only $95! I will update this post with a model number later on.

I recently went with this scope as well after having one with a plastic body & base. This really is a good scope for the money.
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NG scopes

Post by Mark Patterson on Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:10 pm

I have had a NG scope since mid winter and this little scope is just what the dr ordered..It weighs very little and it takes up very little room in my Strong box..It works extremely well for 33ft air pistol and works just as well at 25 and 50 yards with .22/.38 and.45 rounds..The field of view is just right for 33ft-50yds and the focus is just a half turn of the eyepiece from 33ft to 50yds..I put Butler Creek scope caps on mine which really work nice for keeping the dirt and debris out and you just push them open with a flick of the thumb when you get to a match..I have had many spotting scopes but the NG is really handy and has good optics as well..And it takes up virtually no room in the shooting box..5 STARS FOR THIS ONE
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Re: Spot on spotting scopes

Post by hipirn on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:27 pm

Thanks Mark, the NG sounds like a winner for our use.. hipirn

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