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Old February 15, 2019, 02:40 AM   #1
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Vortex diamondback

Looking at gettin a new spotting scope this year. Time to retire the 27ish year old Cabelas 20x60. Anyone using the diamondback 20x60 by 60 or 80? Want to pair up with a phoneskope with my Samsung s6 active. Is the 80 objective that much better than the 60 that it's worth the extra bulk and 100 bucks?
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Old February 15, 2019, 08:32 AM   #2
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No clue about the Diamonback spotting scopes. Not too impressed with the Diamondback rifle scopes.

My money after much research was a Celestron C70.
Celestron makes high end telescopes and microscopes.
The C70 is short, fat, doesn't weigh too much.
Optics are really good.
Same eyepiece as a telescope, so you can get filters, and different eyepieces for it.
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Old February 15, 2019, 01:30 PM   #3
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I had a Diamondback, neighbor talked me out of it.
It survived 7mag recoil, 3006 recoil, .270 win recoil, and still was quite crisp and tracked wonderfully.
For what I paid for the scope I couldn't complain, then got my money back.
And the neighbor got a nice scope for his rifle.
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Old February 15, 2019, 05:02 PM   #4
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Hooligan,
OP is talking spotting scopes, not rifle scopes.
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Old February 15, 2019, 07:21 PM   #5
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Count me as another happy Celestron user.
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Old February 15, 2019, 11:41 PM   #6
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I'd contact the guys at Camera Land they'll help you get the best optics in your budget and set you up with the accessories you'll need. I've bought from them in the past and can't recommend them enough. Plus they have easy returns, I bought a Vortex Razor spotter from them and needed to send it back and their were no questions asked.
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Old February 16, 2019, 06:42 AM   #7
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I don't know anything about that particular brand, but I will pitch in a thought on the question of x60 or x80 objective lens. The x80 is going to be heavier. But that's not bad- the light weight and poorly constructed tripods and stands that support them are not always the greatest. Unless you're buying a stand from Champions Choice or a dedicated match shooting site- you probably wont get one that's weighted down. A light weight spotting scope will jiggle around in the wind more than a heavier one. The extra weight of a heavier scope will dampen the tendency for the thing to move so much.

The extra diameter will provide you with more light entering into the scope. I don't know the term, but I believe "Light transition" is more about light getting through each lens itself.

I had a cheap small scope with that was a joy to carry around. When I bought a Konus 20-60x80 I first thought "Dang, who wants to carry this???" But then when I set it up on a table mount, and could count .20 caliber holes at 200yds- I was pretty happy about the whole thing. And over a year, I have definitely decided that it doesn't vibrate or blow around as much due to the extra weight dampening the effects of the wind.
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Old February 18, 2019, 07:00 PM   #8
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I have two diamondback rifle scopes, one on a .243, the other on a .270. Clear edge to edge, bright, Good scopes for around 200 bucks. hdbiker
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Old February 19, 2019, 12:18 PM   #9
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buy once..cry once....these are GREAT scopes!
https://www.buffaloarms.com/kowa-spo...es-accessories
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Old February 19, 2019, 09:01 PM   #10
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I have two diamondback rifle scopes, one on a .243, the other on a .270. Clear edge to edge, bright, Good scopes for around 200 bucks. hdbiker
On their lowest power, they are clear edge to edge?
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Old February 20, 2019, 05:28 AM   #11
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Yes call Cameraland. Speak with Doug. You will be a customer for life.
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Old February 22, 2019, 12:49 PM   #12
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Hdbiker, Reynolds357,

OP is talking spotting scopes, NOT rifle scopes.

And from my experience, i won't buy another Diamondback rifle scope!
Over priced for what they are. Glass merely ok.
Crossfire II is the better value.
Although i hear the Diamondback HD has some real good glass, but your getting into Viper teritory price wise.
If you think the Diamondback series is good, the $130 Sightron SIH series will blow you away!
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