7 Spotting Scopes All Hunters Need To See In 2018

Find game faster. See target animals more clearly. The latest spotter technology? You have to see it to believe the serious advantages.

by Mark Melotik

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Find game faster. See target animals more clearly. The latest spotter technology? You have to see it to believe the serious advantages.

LTOTracker 900Leupold LTO Tracker HD Thermal Viewer. Leupold is changing the way hunters spot game animals. The all-new LTO-Tracker HD ($1,300) allows the user to find and track heat signatures—both live and downed game—out to 750 yards. The compact, lightweight unit is small enough to be

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taken anywhere to find game, or find and follow blood trails. This second-generation thermal scope will be a valuable hunting and scouting tool, and here’s another killer advantage: A regular spotting scope is only good during daylight; the LTO-Tracker can be used day or night, 24 hours a day. The push-button mode allows users to change color palettes to show heat in different ways, detecting temperatures from -40ᵒ F to 572ᵒ F. Anyone with color-deficient sight will want one too.BurrisSpotter900Burris Signature HD Spotting Scope. With this fine spotter’s 20-60x magnification range you can save time and boot leather by finding and evaluating trophy animals from a mountain away. Even better, Burris has solved one of the biggest spotter problems by including two attachments points for a FastFire red dot sight (sold separately) that’s an incredibly fast way to

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acquire your target; if you can see it in the FastFire, it’s perfectly centered in your HD spotter (starting at $1,895). More cool features of this spotter include HD lenses and apochromatic lens system that eliminate color fringing and deliver edge-to-edge resolution at any magnification. You’ll also find a sun shade that reduces glare and protects the objective lens from rain and snow; both coarse and fine focusing adjustment are possible with the easy-access forward-mounted focus knob.NikonMONARCHspotter 900Nikon Monarch Fieldscopes. These versatile hunting spotters carry Nikon’s flagship Monarch name for a reason. The goodness begins with special lenses featuring ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass that minimizes color fringing and delivers incredible resolving power. A multilayer coating is applied to all lens and prism surfaces, allowing maximum light transmission. This helps hunters decipher a bedded buck’s antler tips from like-colored tall grasses, or spot a band of bighorn sheep blending in to a very distant mountain side. And the Optimized Focusing System provides different focus speeds that allow the viewer to acquire and identify objects faster and easier than before. Monarch Fieldscopes ($1,400-$1,600) are available in 16-48×60 or 20-60×82, with a straight or angled Fieldscope body. BushnellLegend 900Bushnell Legend Tactical Spotting Scope. Legend Tactical products are designed for professional use in the field, ensuring rugged durability, and reliability to hunters and shooters. The Legend Tactical Spotter ($600) starts with professional-grade optics, with a first-focal-plane reticle, and provides a field of view of 180 feet at 1,000 yards when on 15x. The Mil-hash reticle works in tandem with any Mil-base riflescope reticle. This spotter is 11 inches long, weighs 37 ounces and is waterproof and fog proof.VortexViper 900Vortex Viper HD Spotting Scope. Vortex is offering high-end optics in a budget-class price tag with its Viper HD Spotting Scope series ($850 to $1,099). Specialized glass and coatings equal clarity, resolution, and color that is easy to see. The scope is designed for easy packing, and dials-in with a helical-style focus. There are four models to choose from, with straight or angled eyepieces, in 20-60×85 or 15-45×65.swaroBTX 900Swarovski BTX. It is surprising that an optic company hasn’t already thought of combining binoculars with a spotting scope. The BTX ($2,988) allows you to use both eyes while viewing, greatly reducing eye strain. The unit attaches to objective modules in the Swarovski ATX and STX series. For long hours of glassing, there is even a built-in forehead rest.victory-harpia3 900Zeiss Victory Harpia. The sight picture and field of view will make you take a second look when using the Victory Harpia (starting at $3,250) for the first time. Zeiss’ new optical system uses a 3-stage wide-angle zoom providing a wide field of view over its entire magnification period. With your choice of models offering 22-65×85 and 23-70×95, you can dial a critter in tight, and still see its surroundings. The focus system, even at high magnification, is quick and easy to use for sharp views.



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