Best Spotting Scope Under $1000: The Top Hunting & Long Range Spotters for 2018 Revealed

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Spotters Less Than 1000Can’t stretch the budget past $1000?

Don’t worry about it! You’re still in the premium price range for an exceptional spotting scope.

You’ll recognize brands like Leupold, Vortex, Nikon, and even the best of what Bushnell has to offer in this price range.

Welcome to the “best of what you can afford” section of spotting scopes!


Best Spotting Scopes for Under $1000

Avid optic users know you get what you pay for. This is probably why many hunters and birders feel it’s worth saving up a penny or two to land the scope they want in this price range.

You’re not going to find entry level scopes here, but you will find some of the best in the market without breaking the bank. Of course, there’s an even more elite market of very high-end spotting scopes, but this budget-range is still premium. Some brands even max out with their flagship series right around the $1000 mark.

If you’re ready to spend every penny of your hard-earned cash, this is the ideal spotting scope market that will make it worth it!

tt-table__imageVortex Razor HD
  • Magnification: 11-33X 50mm
  • Configuration: Angled
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 19-16 / 4.6-1.5mm
tt-table__imageVortex Viper HD
  • Magnification: 15-45X 65mm
  • Configuration: Straight
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 20-15 / 4.3-1.4mm
tt-table__imageLeupold SX-2 Kenai 2
  • Magnification: 25-60X 80mm
  • Configuration: Angled
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 17.9-17.4 / 3.1-1.3mm



Our Pick of the 3 Top Spotters Less Than $1000


Vortex Razor HD 11-33X50

Vortex Razor HD 11-33X50This compact Razor HD 11-33X50 spotting scope has everything, and I mean everything, that you would want to see in the glass quality – special dielectric phase coatings, Extra Low Dispersion glass, APO lenses, ArmorTek, and more.

While its magnifications are on the lower end to match its hand-held and compact design, it has a dual focus system to really get you the resolution you need for that distant glassing.

So, I’ve gotta hand it to Vortex for picking up the buck where others didn’t even bother. For around the $700 mark, you are going to get the best quality for excellent value.

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Vortex Viper HD 15-45X65

Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Spotting ScopeVortex has really stepped up to the plate in this price range, and they’re actually deserving of more. This Viper HD 15-45X65 is just barely a notch below the Razor HD in optical quality.

But, it’s still decked out with XR coatings, Extra Low Dispersion glass with High Definitions, and the dual focus system.

It’s also sporting a couple features that even the Razor HD lacks, which you’ll know about if you read the full review

If you’re looking for a hunting spotting scope for 200-400 yards, this is your guy.

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Leupold SX-2 Kenai 2

sx-2-kenai-30x-25-60x80mmAre you surprised to see that this isn’t Leupold’s flagship Golden Ring series? The SX-2 Kenai 2 impressed me enough with its features versus cost ratio.

It’ll cost you between $900-$1000 depending on whether you want the just the spotting scope or the kit.

The Kenai is loaded with Leupold’s high-end features – not their absolute best, they save that for their $2000 plus spotters, but it’s got enough to justify its price tag.

It has the Index Matched Lens System, High Definition Lenses, is Synergy Built, and comes with the 25-60X eyepiece as standard with the option to buy an additional 30X eyepiece.

But, there are a of couple things you might want to be aware of if you’re enticed by the well-balanced Kenai design. We have all the gossip there is to know before you buy in our review.

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What to Look for in a Spotting Scope in This Price Range

You’re spending a hefty sum in this price range, so you should expect to get the best of everything. It might not be as luxurious as what you’d see when you’d spend over $1000, but you’re still getting premium quality.

Always look for the best of what your preferred brand has to offer. Look for features like excellent glass, exceptional coatings, and VIP warranties.

  • Design: Consider whether angled or straight is for you.
  • Quality glass: Includes premium glass elements Ex. ED, HD, etc.
  • Quality glass coatings: Includes layered coatings, mirror and phase-correction coatings, and weather, scratch, and debris repellent coatings.
  • Magnification: Pay attention to quality if you’re considering a 20-60X80 spotting scope.
  • Size/Weight: Consider your style of hunting to best choose a size and weight that’s easy to set up, will stay solid in less than ideal weather, and won’t be burdensome to carry.
  • Tripod systems: Protect your investment and maximize its potential with a high quality tripod and mount.
  • Quality warranties: Have the assurance that your premium spotting scope is fully covered for any unforeseen damage.


The Best of What You Can Afford!

There’s no buyer’s remorse when spending under 1000 bucks. You’ll be more than pleased with the value these premium scopes have especially when you see that they often have many features that high-end scopes have.


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