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But I don't know about the performance when birding with a scope in the '$250 or less' price range.  Sure, you can find some, but they may not be any better than your binos.

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On 4/9/2020 at 1:53 PM, Nivalis said:

I am looking around for a good scope to buy for birding but I am unsure what is best and don’t want to spent more than 250 dollars any thoughts are welcome. 
thanks in advance!

Hi, Nivalis.  I am just starting out and Hubby got me this scope. https://www.amazon.com/Visionking-30-90x100-Spottingscope-Waterproof-Monoculars/dp/B00GH2Q3TM

It's not much over $250 and works great for my current purposes.  If I find I have need, I can always upgrade later.  

 

I use my own tripod with it.

 

 

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I've been looking into scopes and figured there would be a thread here. Did a bit of research and the Audubon scope guide recommends the Celestron Trailseeker 65 for around the $250 range. It seems that the next tier gets into the $750 range with stuff like the Celestron Regal M2.

Does anyone here have experience with scopes at some of the different price points? I'm wondering where the sweet spot of price-to-value is for scopes and how much of a quality difference you see in practice. 

@floraphile How's your scope working out for you after a year+ use?

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15 minutes ago, neilpa said:

I've been looking into scopes and figured there would be a thread here. Did a bit of research and the Audubon scope guide recommends the Celestron Trailseeker 65 for around the $250 range. It seems that the next tier gets into the $750 range with stuff like the Celestron Regal M2.

Does anyone here have experience with scopes at some of the different price points? I'm wondering where the sweet spot of price-to-value is for scopes and how much of a quality difference you see in practice. 

@floraphile How's your scope working out for you after a year+ use?

It works well, but I am in the market for another, the main reasons being its weight & the near-impossibility of taking pictures through it with phone or camera.  I plan to just leave it set up at home to view backyard birds and get another for the field.  I will look into the recs you posted.  

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I have used a very cheap scope (Konus 20-60x80mm) for almost 8 years.  It is no where near as clear a glass as my Bushnell binoculars, but it works great to still bring in those far out birds close enough in to get a chance to ID.  No chance with just my 10x42 binocs to get those ID’s.  Eventually I’ll upgrade the scope, but it has worked well enough for me to keep using it.  If I was having to look through it for hours every day I’d definitely upgrade, but for the occasional needs a cheap scope can still improve your birding experience.  

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