Powerful Spotting scopes for hunting (i.e. 20 power and up) are essential when trying to locate/evaluate game at distances beyond binocular range.
Celestron, Nikon, Leupold, Leica, Alpen, Barska, Brunton, Burris, Bushnell, Swarovski, Tasco, Pentax, Kowa, Zeiss and many others manufacture spotting scopes for hunting.
So which spotting scope is best for your needs and at the best price?
1. Burris High Country Spotting Scope
The Burris High Country Spotting Scope (15-45x50mm and 20-60x80mm models) is inexpensive ($150-$190) compared to other spotting scopes, but still delivers very clear, crisp images in a relatively compact package.
This spotting scope is ideal for beginner hunters who need a reliable, waterproof spotting scope.
2. Nikon ProStaff Spotting Scope Outfit
The Nikon ProStaff range of spotting scopes has received many positive reviews and is ideal for experienced hunters. They are not cheap for a hunting spotting scope, costing around $400-$700 depending on optics magnification and objective size.
The Nikon ProStaff is a compact, low-profile design spotting scope that is rubber armored and is also waterproof and fogproof.
3. Swarovski 65mm and 80mm Spotting Scopes
Top of the line Swarovski spotting scopes with superb optical clarity, precision made lenses to produce strong, high contrast images.
If you want to buy one of the best spotting scopes, then consider a Swarovski.
They are not cheap, costing around $1800. But spotting scope optics of this quality should last you a lifetime of use. When you find a Swarovski spotting scopes on sale, give it serious consideration.
4. Leupold Gold Ring Compact Spotting Scope
The ultimate spotting scope for extended or backpack hunts where space is limited is the Leupold Gold Ring Compact scope, weighing in at a mere 21 ounces for the 50mm objective size scope.
Powerful, legendary Leupold optics in a compact size allows you to size up game at long ranges. Can be handheld or mounted on a tripod.