Spotting scope or binoc's retailer?

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  1. salt water guy

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    Greetings All. I've been thinking lately about upgrading the optics and have been researching online various quality scopes and binoculars. Before I pull the trigger, does anyone know of a San Diego area retailer that has a decent selection to check out? It's the kind of purchase where I'd really like to "kick the tires" and check out in person rather than an online order. I'd rather not drive to Rancho Cucamonga unless I really need to. Suggestions?? Thanks...
     
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    Thanks and they're just right down the street, (!). Rather keep the $$ local if I can...
     
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    Thanks! Coincidentally, that's the exact brand I'm focusing on. (Leica too, but wow, serious coin there...)
     
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    I like the Nikon Riflescopes with the BDC reticles on them. Two of my rifles have them and by far, the optics and ease of use make them a good/affordable scope.

    Remember, I like things that are Japanese....Women, Reels, Cars, TV’s, Electronics and Riflescopes.....
     
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    That goes without sayin. I eat Japanese almost every day.....Rice, Rice, rice....my turds don’t come out right unless I eat rice (Japanese rice of course)!
     
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    Oceanside photo and telescope usually has a good selection for kicking the tires , I have given up on spotting scopes I do a lot of field work on a couple of Bighorn sheep projects and use a set of 12 X 80 binoculars instead of a scope . a lot less eye fatigue if you are staring through them for hours at a a time , for around the neck , Pentax 8 x 40 DCFWP are hard to beat , When looking thru them stand outside and read small print like the small lettering on license plates at 100 yards or better , your results may differ from mine but quality usually comes with a price worth paying . BTW earlier in the year there was some Minox and Nikon Pro Staff binoculars for sale on this forum that don't show as being sold . Good luck
     
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    Thanks WR. Appreciate your insight on this. Interestingly, I was researching the pro/con of spotting scopes vs binoc's debate and found this article which supports what you're saying:

    Read This Leupold BX-5 Santiam Binocular Review Before You Buy Any New Hunting Optics | Big Game Hunting Blog

    I'll be checking out Oceanside P&T sometime soon. Thanks again.
     
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    I like my vortex stuff.
     
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    Second vortex. Newer guys on block. Very highly rated. Great price to quality ratio.

    Also the med level Nikon prostaffs are unbelievable.
     
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    Yep, definitely checking out Vortex. Their VIP Warranty is pretty compelling.
     
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    Well, I also love blonds! HH would have been on that island with me......Sorry Wilson :emoji_confused:
     
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    I had a pair of Leupold 7X35 binoculars for over 30 years, when they first came out with binoculars, that I used daily while farming, fishing, bird watching, hunting, etc. Great glasses but they finally gave up the ghost. I splurged and replaced them with a pair of 10X42 Swarovski that I bought used at a gun show. That was 20 years ago and they are just as sharp and clear today as when I bought them used originally. The more you spend on a pair of binoculars the less tired your eyes will be if you use them for long periods of time. They also have the ability to see things in the twilight you can’t see with your naked eye. Plus they are warrantied for life. Zeiss and Leica fall into the same category. Anyway, that’s my two cents.
     
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    Thanks, really appreciate the info. As of now Leupold, Leica and Zeiss 10X42’s are the top contenders and all three are in the same price range. It does seem from online reviews and commentary that Swarovski is the “gold standard” – but with a definite jump in price. And as others have noted, newcomer Vortex offers quality optics with more bang for the buck. Just need to check ‘em out in person. Decisions, decisions…
     
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    most are fine in day light , the good ones shine with low light. which equal early mornings, and late evenings, that's when the money spent pays off . you will only spend the money once, lifetime investment. and if you ever wanted to sell them ,it money in the bank.
     
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