Protecting spotting scopes (spefically LMSS): cover or pouch?

OK, I have picked up an excellent LMSS from someone who dumped it because they did not like the Horus ret.  My gain & I'm not that fussy at half price.

Although it seems to have some impact armouring, I'm interested in further protection.  Options are a padded transport pouch (in the range bag or more likely on the side of a 5.11 pack) or a scope cover. 

Use will be range with a bit of movement, hunting & occasional field use.

Your recommendations please?

If a scope cover, then the pouch is dead easy but the cover looks to be a custom job.  Creedmore?  Any other suggestions?

If a padded transport pouch- I think I can adapt something else or simple enough custom job to the local saddler.

Cheers & thanks.

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I've gone the other way the last few years. I don't cover or pad anything. The spotter sits in my ruck till I whip it out to work, then it goes away. If lenses get wet, I blot them (or not) and leave them alone. If they're dusty, I blow them clean or use the camel hair pen. Result; no different than when I obsessed about keeping lens covers on and a scope cover on. The spotter sits in my Eberlestock main pouch, usually on top of a small rear bag for padding, not rubbing on the objective lens. Works fine. The damn thing is rubberized and the lenses are inset. I spend zero time fretting about it. Works and views the same as when I spent more time fussing with it.

Linz posted:

Thanks.

I've been tending to a long padded pouch on the side of the pack.  Silk PRS currently on the other side.

I am using a blackhawk!  padded scope cover on my LMSS, it fits up ok , would prefer something a little longer though. nobody is making a cover for these yet that i know of.

Thanks all- had not thought of using a padded rifle scope cover. Duh.

Currently put a cordura camel back carrier on the side of the pack.  Scavenged some closed cell sheeting- he wasn't using it...and he stole it in the first place...so that makes my acquisition legit...sorta...mostly.

Double disc at bottom of carrier & a cylinder of the stuff lining the sides of the carrier.  Give it whirl before deciding to make it permanent with stitching in a lining.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, overthinking it or a victim of geardoism.

JS7SFGA posted:

I've gone the other way the last few years. I don't cover or pad anything. The spotter sits in my ruck till I whip it out to work, then it goes away. If lenses get wet, I blot them (or not) and leave them alone. If they're dusty, I blow them clean or use the camel hair pen. Result; no different than when I obsessed about keeping lens covers on and a scope cover on. The spotter sits in my Eberlestock main pouch, usually on top of a small rear bag for padding, not rubbing on the objective lens. Works fine. The damn thing is rubberized and the lenses are inset. I spend zero time fretting about it. Works and views the same as when I spent more time fussing with it.

I was doing that with my previous scope: green armoured Kowa.  Decided to look at better care/carriage options now I have a decent bit of glass.

Linz posted:

Trouble is, the LMSS is a 'linear' scope.  Long but pretty decent...and came my way at a price hard to ignore.

The 1913 rail options look neat but I don't have a use for them yet.

Ah, I see what you mean now.  I had assumed "LMSS" was "Leupold military spotting scope."

The Camelbak as a carrier was inspired thinking -- maybe something like a long Nalgene pouch as well?  The nice thing about having a cover (vice a case) is having a carry handle and being able to Fas-Tex snap it directly on to your ruck or webbing if you're on the move.

JS7SFGA posted:

I've gone the other way the last few years. I don't cover or pad anything. The spotter sits in my ruck till I whip it out to work, then it goes away. If lenses get wet, I blot them (or not) and leave them alone. If they're dusty, I blow them clean or use the camel hair pen. Result; no different than when I obsessed about keeping lens covers on and a scope cover on. The spotter sits in my Eberlestock main pouch, usually on top of a small rear bag for padding, not rubbing on the objective lens. Works fine. The damn thing is rubberized and the lenses are inset. I spend zero time fretting about it. Works and views the same as when I spent more time fussing with it.

Not this scope, but I also have gone to less and less casing. My spotter now is in it's minimally-padded little case it came it (that never comes off the scope) and simply slides down the one side pocket in the Eberlestock. The other side pocket has my snazzy tripod, also unprotected now. Nothing has gone wrong yet, and I can deploy them much faster. 

Tangent: speedy mounting. I have fallen entirely in love with Arca-Swiss, for cameras, spotting scopes and so on. This is a long ass rant, but here he shows the speed https://www.youtube.com/watch?...e=youtu.be&t=155 It's a dovetail and simple screw down mount. No threading to the 1/4", no custom plates that change with each tripod. Zillions of adapters on Amazon/ebay for cheap that work great at all sizes and... big lenses and many spotting scopes have this flared foot sticking down, like this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/i...spotting_1050817.jpg That foot IS an ARCA mount. No adapters needed, just top the tripod with one, and mount sturdy, instantly. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

Oh, and I have some guidance on actual protection as well:

  1. Call the manufacturer – These usually have a slew of accessories, and people who make gear like this suuuuuck at marketing and distributing the accessories. They might have an awesome case for it, you just need to make them let you buy it. 
  2. Protect the lenses – And, well, so you actually use the lens covers every time. My favorite for weird devices is the LensCoat Hoodie, like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...ge?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It has a hard plastic thing to protect the lens from poking damage, padded on the inside, and all covered with a neoprene open-ended cylinder. Pull on to a variety of sizes. Note the loop end, so tie a bit of cord to that and attach to the scope/other cover to find them and install/remove more easily. I use these on weird stuff like my thermal magnifiers.   
  3. If you feel the whole thing needs a cover, then just get a ScopeCoat as mentioned above. I was thinking the generic riflescope ones but they totally make them, for a variety of spotting scopes. Being stretchy neoprene, you can probably find one for a straight scope that is similar in size to yours http://www.opticsplanet.com/sc...ope-accessories.html

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

shoobe01 posted:

Oh, and I have some guidance on actual protection as well:

  1. Call the manufacturer – These usually have a slew of accessories, and people who make gear like this suuuuuck at marketing and distributing the accessories. They might have an awesome case for it, you just need to make them let you buy it. 
  2. Protect the lenses – And, well, so you actually use the lens covers every time. My favorite for weird devices is the LensCoat Hoodie, like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...ge?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It has a hard plastic thing to protect the lens from poking damage, padded on the inside, and all covered with a neoprene open-ended cylinder. Pull on to a variety of sizes. Note the loop end, so tie a bit of cord to that and attach to the scope/other cover to find them and install/remove more easily. I use these on weird stuff like my thermal magnifiers.   
  3. If you feel the whole thing needs a cover, then just get a ScopeCoat as mentioned above. I was thinking the generic riflescope ones but they totally make them, for a variety of spotting scopes. Being stretchy neoprene, you can probably find one for a straight scope that is similar in size to yours http://www.opticsplanet.com/sc...ope-accessories.html

Thanks.

1: OK

2: Will look at it.  In fact, my entire optical line up scope covers needs evaluation: using Butler Creek (they break, react badly to chemicals) & came-with-the-optic stuff.  Sigh.  More AUD into the accounts of Amerikanashen kapitalista.

3: I need to evaluate just how robust this optic is: in the pack I want it to survive falling/being tossed into/out of trucks & I can do that.  On a tripod or rest...maybe integral armour is enough?  Scope coat is interesting: I had pondered that it was a shame nobody made those big bulky Ye Olde .30 suppressors anymore: the neoprene covers might be about the right size to butcher...but there are .50 suppressor covers that look about the right size, colour, material, padding etc.  Plus there are pipe insulation/cushioning tubes that would be suitable.

Sinister posted:
Linz posted:

Trouble is, the LMSS is a 'linear' scope.  Long but pretty decent...and came my way at a price hard to ignore.

The 1913 rail options look neat but I don't have a use for them yet.

Ah, I see what you mean now.  I had assumed "LMSS" was "Leupold military spotting scope."

The Camelbak as a carrier was inspired thinking -- maybe something like a long Nalgene pouch as well?  The nice thing about having a cover (vice a case) is having a carry handle and being able to Fas-Tex snap it directly on to your ruck or webbing if you're on the move.

Sinister, I can not take credit for "inspired": my AI AT arrives in October (so they say) & I will have to spend a bit more on that. 

I simply went to my trunk of spare cordura & wondered what I could butcher/repurpose rather than spend more than I have to.  A sorta Coyote CB carrier fit the bill.

Good idea on the Fas-Tex clips- thanks.

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