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Vanguard Endeavor HD 82A Spotting Scope + Hard Case + Tripod $450 + free s/h

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Vanguard Endeavor HD 82A Spotting Scope [focuscamera.com] - $449.99 with discount code SCOPE100
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I bit. Just put a deal alert up for a spotting scope and this one looks great. That case and tripod make it a good value plus the $100 off. Thanks OP!
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Perfect timing, now that Mars is at it's closest in 15 years.
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Perfect timing, now that Mars is at it's closest in 15 years.
That shot would be out of this world. Breathe...hold...squeeze...
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I've been watching this for a long time. This is the best price in years, even aside from the bundle, which is stuff I would have bought anyway.
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We love watching birds in our yard. This looks like it would bring them in really close from 200 yards away. Or is this too powerful? I can't believe I'm thinking about dropping $450 on something like this. It seems like it'll last a lifetime and be passed down to my 6yr old.

edit: did some Googling and this looked like a good range scope for birding. I am also going to try digiscoping. That's the additional reason why we "needed" something that until this post we didn't really know existed.
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The freebies: Tripod is a table tripod - extends to about 22 inches and is listed around 60 bucks. The hard case is listed at 150+ bucks.
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The freebies: Tripod is a table tripod - extends to about 22 inches and is listed around 60 bucks. The hard case is listed at 150+ bucks.
I wonder what someone would really value these "freebies" at. The tripod seems to be a necessity. The hard case will be great for storage but likely overkill. I would likely have traded the case for the much less expensive Digiscoping Adaptor.
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Is this a good tool for visiting Yellowstone? How would this compare with a canon is 10-30? I know they are different. But will the performance be close? The canon may be better for other purposes? Thanks
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We love watching birds in our yard. This looks like it would bring them in really close from 200 yards away. Or is this too powerful? I can't believe I'm thinking about dropping $450 on something like this. It seems like it'll last a lifetime and be passed down to my 6yr old.

edit: did some Googling and this looked like a good range scope for birding. I am also going to try digiscoping. That's the additional reason why we "needed" something that until this post we didn't really know existed.
I have the digitscoping setup for this scope. Maybe we can arrange a sale if you know how. I don't use ths scope anymore. I'd also like to sell the scope.
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Is this a good tool for visiting Yellowstone? How would this compare with a canon is 10-30? I know they are different. But will the performance be close? The canon may be better for other purposes? Thanks
Get the Alpen from Costco, not as much eye strain as this one and the optics / IQ looks better. It goes on sale for $299. We have 2 Alpens and one of these, we leave this one at home now.

edit: Costco is OOS right now on the Alpen, but will prob have it this fall for hunting season. Typical Costco. I don't see their binoculars either which I highly recommend. For $99 on sale, you can't beat them.

I've been meaning to send the Endeavor in to the factory to see if it can be calibrated or whatever it needs, but you can't look through it for very long without your eye getting strained to the point of it hurting. Maybe I have a bad one, dunno, but it's a dust collector now.
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Get the Alpen from Costco, not as much eye strain as this one and the optics / IQ looks better. It goes on sale for $199 I believe. We have 2 Alpens and one of these, we leave this one at home now.
Thanks. Do you have a link? I only found one from Amazon here.

https://www.amazon.com/Alpen-Opti...B01DD9C51Q

Costco should be much cheaper, right?
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Thanks. Do you have a link? I only found one from Amazon here.

https://www.amazon.com/Alpen-Opti...B01DD9C51Q

Costco should be much cheaper, right?
I edited my reply that you quoted. Looks to be OOS for now, typical Costco. And it goes on sale for $299 I believe, I'd have to find my receipt to be sure. Regularly $399. It goes on sale 2-3 times a year.

Great for Yellowstone! Swarovski is the best, but they're very expensive. Vortex makes a nice scope as well. And believe it or not Celestron makes a nice scope, but you have to find it used, no longer made. I have the model # written down somewhere in my Yellowstone notes, I'll see if I can find it. It was a 90 or 100mm, which let's in lots of light for dawn and dusk wildlife viewing, which is the best time for viewing wolves in Yellowstone. Grizzlies as well.

I peeped through every scope my last 3 visits and I was very impressed with that Celestron, although most Celestron optics are junk. Have to find the right one. My Alpens were better than most, besides the Swarovski, Vortex (certain models - not all), and that Celestron.
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The freebies: Tripod is a table tripod - extends to about 22 inches and is listed around 60 bucks. The hard case is listed at 150+ bucks.
For wildlife viewing, a tabletop tripod is useless. You need a good, heavy tripod, not one with skinny legs, and a good video head that pans with a handle. Manfrotto makes a good video head, and legs as well. You can't spend too much on a good tripod setup, and you get what you pay for. You'll really notice a difference at 60X magnification.
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Well, I ordered this on the evening of the 4th and it arrived today. I'm not an expert on scopes but this certainly does what we want it to do and quite a bit more. The case is much more than I expected. It really is a $150 range price case. We will likely use it for more expensive camera equipment instead of a place to store this scope. The tripod is also much better quality than the lower cost ones. It is VERY sturdy....but ours was missing the quick connect part when it arrived so I couldn't use it. We'll see how Focus handles issues and it'll be fully reported either way. I attached the Scope to a 70s era Silk tripod fully collapsed and it wiggled too much. The Vanguard scope seemed like it would be less wiggly. The scope came with a holder and harness which were quite nice but I don't see being able to use this piece of equipment when not mounted to something.

For us this will likely be a piece of optics that will be passed down to the next generation. I am almost 45 have some quality binoculars my father got around the time I was born. There is no replacement for quality and this seems to be quality. I cannot believe how close this got us to bees on our milk weed in the meadow > 100 yards off our deck. I'm just waiting for other opportunities to use it.
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