Re: Looking for an affordable spotting scope
I'd offer this suggestion. Within your price range don't be swayed by big magnification numbers. To see fine details, ie. tiny bullet holes, quality of glass is far more important than power. With less expensive glass high power means dark blurred images.
Years ago I had a Leupold compact (don't remember the power) and it just wasn't usable at seeing distant bullet holes. They are quite expensive but today I have an angled Leica APO (16-48) and a straight Swarovski (20-60), they have to be absolutely perfectly focused but you can see holes at 300 with both of them.
For 200 yards I think 16-20X if good quality would be fine. 20x is the equivalent of looking at it bare eyed from 10 yards, should be enough.
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