So what is your idea of lightweight? What would be your threshold for ounces???? This may help you narrow things down. Personally I have found that any scope of real quality is gonna have some heft to it for the most part.Looking for input on selection of a lightweight spotting scope for backpack hunting. I have a pair of Vortex Viper 10x42’s I’m happy with for general use. I have been looking at the Maven Lightweight Spotter, Nikon ED50, Minnox MD50. I previously owned the Vortex Razor 11-33’s and thought they were too big and heavy for what they were. The Maven’s looked good at a trade show I recently attended but that was inside with good lighting. Some have said the low light performance is lacking. This would be for Idaho mule deer in the fall. I’m thinking I’ll be using the binoculars most of the time and I’m not trying to pick out drop tines or anything of that nature. Just looking for opinions, thanks.
I'm glad you said this. I just purchased an ED50 with a fixed 27x eyepiece. I wasn't impressed with the Vortex Razor 11-33 in terms of optical performance. We'll see. I may try the Leupold if I can find one to look through.Kowa or Ed 50.
I liked the 11-33x razor quite a bit. But inferior glass than those two IMO.
The ED50 I just bought is 20.1 ounces with the eyepiece. I'm not sure what the other models come in at but I'm not sure they get much lighter.So what is your idea of lightweight? What would be your threshold for ounces???? This may help you narrow things down. Personally I have found that any scope of real quality is gonna have some heft to it for the most part.
While my Celestron may not be the absolute top tier glass, it flat out works for me.
Watch different classified sites. I got into a 664 with a variable eyepiece for under half of what you’re listed new cost is. The glass is in perfect shape. I’m thinking about going to the fixed 30x. I’m sure I could do it for little to no cost if I sell the variable eyepiece.
Ok good to know. My ED50 setup is on the way. I think I'll try it this trip and make adjustments as needed.I had an Nikon ED 50 and used it for Idaho mule deer and other animals. Excellent glass.
However, you’re going to want glass with better magnification. Idaho is big country. I currently used a Swaro. 65 ATS. The ED 50 continually left me straining to try to see details.
When you want to go even further glassing, you’ll want a Swaro 15x56 too.
I don't have the kowa, it is simply the scope on the top of my list. My current scope is a bushnell elite, not a bad scope for what I paid (nothing), but it has its limitations, most notably the poor eye relief and poor low light performance at any power. Hence the reason for the "top tier" glass on my list.While my Celestron may not be the absolute top tier glass, it flat out works for me.
And at a little under $200, for the price of your top tier glass it would allow me put in for a tag in Wyoming and still give me about $400 for gas, food and such.
I'd rather be able to actually do the hunt, instead of equiping for a hunt that i can't afford afterwards.