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Hi All
Just bought a like new Alpen spotting scope 18x36x60 for $80 on CL..Anyone familiar with these? Any good? - Thanks Tim
 

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For a definitive answer from optics fanatics, check it out at the link below, a birders' site. Despite the fact that most of them are sensible and friendly, if you don't see the info you want and have to log in & ask a question you may offend somebody, usually somebody from NYC, so my usual advice is not to let on you use firearms or do anything but feed the pigeons in the park:

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The 'optical test' of a spotting scope is whether you can see 22cal bullet holes in the black at 100 (and hopefully 200) yards. Seeing holes in the white should be easy at 100 - 200. Using a 30-40X magnification should work.

Have the scope on a steady stand, and when looking through it for holes, DON'T touch the scope - you'll make it wiggle.

Jay Kosta
Endwell NY USA
 

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I dont know about that particular spotting scope but it seems like whenever I was searching for a spotting scope a while back the Alpen spotting scopes always had very favorable reviews from most of the places I looked.
 
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