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This was a cheap, yet big step up from the $200 scope I used for 8 years.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B083BCR6T3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It had an accident so I move up to this which is a bit more that you are looking at, but it is amazing so far.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B015EMFLB6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

Vortex has scopes in the price range you are looking at though.

https://smile.amazon.com/Vortex-Optics-Diamondback-Spotting-16-48x65/dp/B08DVCLB3W?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Forgot to mention, my family is trying to avoid things made in China, but that's going to be very hard to get around for a scope so we may have no choice.

Might be tough unless you go with Kowa or Swarovski ($$$$$).  Looks like even Nikon are being made in China now.  

Pentax is made in Japan

https://www.amazon.com/Pentax-PF-65ED-Spotting-Scope-Field/dp/B000MILW52?th=1

 

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13 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Whatever you get, try to get a scope with an angled (rather than straight) eyepiece. Especially because it sounds like two of you are going to be using it, the angled eyepiece helps a ton when people of different heights use a scope.

Yes, I'm aware. Although my father isn't really a birder, he enjoys some photography and will accompany me on birding trips. And it's not like I can bird alone, my area being somewhat of a desert for fellow birders.

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32 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

Might be tough unless you go with Kowa or Swarovski ($$$$$).  Looks like even Nikon are being made in China now.  

Pentax is made in Japan

https://www.amazon.com/Pentax-PF-65ED-Spotting-Scope-Field/dp/B000MILW52?th=1

 

My father was also looking at Leica? They tend to be quite expensive so trying to look for one used right now.

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15 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

My father ended up buying a used Kowa TS-613 ED Prominar scope, which should arrive at the end of the month. I'll have to learn how to use a scope, as I haven't used one at all apart from taking a peek through fellow birders' scopes a couple of times.

The fat end goes toward the birds.

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19 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

It's quite good! Magnification is great, although my father and I have only tested it out around the yard. We'll have to go to the local lake that attracts migrant waterfowl in order to test it out properly.

Great! 

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