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    Question Spotting Scope What Magnification

    OK of those that use spotting scopes, what sort of magnification would you need to see the arrows clearly at 100 Yds (assuming I can hit the boss at that distance ), I have been looking at scopes with max magnification from 45x to up to 60x, obviously the 60x are a little more expensive but I don't know if 45 is enough, any ideas .
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    Hi,
    I've found that if you are as bad as I am, 30x will cover the entire target face at 100yds/90metres. My Opticron (primarily used for birdwatching) has a wide angle 25x which can just cope. My catadiopic (looks like a flask on legs with tripod) scope has interchangable lenses and I found that about 30x works well for me. Be careful with cheaper zoom scopes over about 40x as picture definition becomes poor. Hope this helps.
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    I have an Opticron IS 60 with an 18x - 54x zoom. It's one of the bottom end Opticrons, just above the Mighty Midget and at full zoom it'llshow the whole of a 122cm face pretty clearly at 90m, but that's pretty much it's limit.

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    I have a Kowa scope with 20-60x zoom eyepiece. Very seldom do I have it set at more than 40x even for 100yds.Dont forget that magnification is only one factor, equally important are light gathering efficiency, colour definition and field of view. All of these get worse as the magnification increases. With a thousand pound scope the light and colour definition will still be resonable at 60x but with cheaper scopes you will have a job distinguishing your arrows from everybody elses at this magnification because the image will be so dark and the colours washed out. If I were to buy a mid price scope with a fixed mag eyepiece I would go for 25 to 30x magnification.
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    I agree with Slowhand. It's not the size of the image, it's the clarity and brightness. If you shoot alone at 100yds you will see your arrows with 8X. If you shoot with three other archers you will see all the arrows with 8X but they will all look about the same and you won't know which are yours. Around 25x you start to see the different colours so long as the image is clear and bright. Generally, the bigger the lens at the front, the brighter the image.A 60mm lens usually gives a bright enough image. I would try before you buy and choose a dullish day. It can be really disappointing to find they don't work at the long distance and you can see without them at the short ones.

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    Trying Before I buy may be a problem I'm looking on E-Bay, I am sticking to Zoom scope with 60 or 70 mm lens so should be OK I hope, will look at 45x as well as 60x like everything else they are fetching too much money, rather have a new set of arrows if the scope is going to cost too much.
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