I was really salivating over the Raptors when searching for Punk's replacement. I think you're going to like it a lot!
Yesterday Anne & I drove up to Suntop, or at least almost to Suntop. The Ranger's report that the road was open was exaggerated. It was open as far as the last gate, maybe 3/4 mi. before the tippy top. We didn't walk the rest of the way so I can't tell you about the final leg of road or the site itself. I can report though, that the road as far as we went is better than I expected. There were a few potholes and some stretches of minor washboard, but it would have been easy in a passenger car. The top is about 7 mi. from the highway. I averaged 20-25 mph.
I'll be checking that site out for sure next summer.
We had lunch at the saddle just before the final gate. Lots of mushrooms and, in one place, a lot of blue grouse feathers. A bit of snow on the ground.
Edit: Stacy, what's the focal ratio on the new scope? What's the max FOV a guy can get with it. (On my NP 101, it's f/5.4, with 4.9* FOV with my Pan 41.)