I am purchasing a new spotting scope due to the fact that my Nikon did a nose dive off of a ledge last season. I am looking at the Leupold gold ring HD spotting scope kit. It retails for around 1300.00, I have a buddy that owns an outdoor shop and I will get it for 700.00 out the door. I know this is a smokin deal but I want to know if this scope is a good scope. If the answer is no then I will spend the extra cash and buy a vortex or another scope for a round 1300.00 and just pay full price. Leupold is the only high end brand he currentlu gets deals on. Thanks fellers I appreciate your info.