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Alpen 20-60x80 Waterproof Fully Multi-Coated Micro Adjust Spotting Scope With Tripod
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Most Helpful Positive Review Outstanding little scope!
I was expecting a decent scope, it is so much better than that! The price was right and well recommended with a decent case and usable tripod (not gre...
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Alpen 786 spotting scope

by Bill, from United States, NC Written on September 25, 2014
I became interested in the Alpen 786 spotting scope after reading a review by Michael Cantor in the Summer 2014 issue of The Varmint Hunter magazine. I find his review accurate. He says "If you are tired of infer ion products, I urge you to give Alpin a try. Not only do you get excellent quality, you get it for a reasonable price. And with Alpen's lifetime warranty you have nothing to loose."...
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Great scope, easily see .17cal target bullet holes at 200 metres

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on June 3, 2012
See above pros and cons.
I use this scope at a 200metre outdoor rifle range setup right next to me for spotting my targets. I can easily see any .30cal holes at 200m with the .17hmr and .223 etc easier to see on white paper on most days. With black bullseyes I find it a bit tricky to find the .17hmr holes at 200m, but that's understandable!! I only use printed paper targets from home though, not the bright layered ones that you can buy :)
Overall though, I never really need to leave the bench and walk to the targets all day. This scope really is fantastic. I can easily help friends track their shots if they are only using 3-9x rifle scopes etc. Can even track the vapor trail and splash of bullets if they miss. Saves a LOT of time, walking and guess-work. Makes rifle sighting in or click changes easier to track.
I could (obviously) talk all day about this Alpen scope! The price was great, on special when I grabbed this from Optics Planet. Always a pleasure.
Cheers, Len from New Zealand

Pros: Very clear, easy to focus. Tripod does shake a little, but the fine adjustment knobs limit this. Still clear ar maximum 60x zoom, outstanding at lower power 20-40x. The large objective (80mm) lets in lots of light. Includes extendable sunshade, and screw on caps. East to find, intuitive fine focus knob. My kit came with the sturdy, foam-lined carry case.
Cons: I don't know if more expensive brands are clearer or better, as I have not used them. Size / bulkyness may not suit some? C...
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Alpen 786 Kit

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, NC Written on November 25, 2011
I got the Alpen 768 for target shooting. The scope resolves .30 caliber hits in a splatter target at 300 yards; at 200 yards hits in a normal paper target are observable if mirage is not too strong. The huge ocular is very eye-glass friendly. There is some barrel distortion at the extreme edges, but the wide field of view makes this inconsequential. The focus knob has very fine pitch and can take a while to acquire focus, but once set there is very little adjustment needed between 200 and 300 yards. The scope has a solid feel, and the the caps are sturdy. The included tripod with micrometer azimuth and elevation makes slewing from one target to another fast and easy.
Pros: Performance exceeds expectations for the price; excellent table-top tripod...
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great scope for the money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on July 15, 2011
Excellent scope for the money!
Pros: clarity, price
Cons: size...
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Great scope for the $.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, IN Written on March 20, 2011
A pretty good spotting scope for the money. I use it for target spotting at the shooting range and wildlife watching. I couldn't believe how clear the view was at 60x and from about 300m away. It sure beats walking to the target everytime I make a couple shots, to see where they hit.
Pros: Inexpensive, good quality, clear picture, lightweight....
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Outstanding little scope!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on February 8, 2011
I was expecting a decent scope, it is so much better than that! The price was right and well recommended with a decent case and usable tripod (not great, but all metal and sturdy on hard even surfaces). My scope (YMMV) is so much sharper and clearer than anything I have seen for under $1000 (and the difference is subtle: contrast is higher for expensive scopes and Chromatic Aberation or CA, ie. purple fringing, is much less with ED glass).

Even viewing into bright light at lower mag. is great. Only at >50x does the CA against only very bright sky become objectionable and really any zoom can have _some_ CA or suffer other optical problems. There was no noticeable CA under 50x which is astounding without ED/flourite glass! You won't notice this at all when looking at normal subjects, you have to go out of your way (and know what to look for).

I live near the ocean and use it to look for whales close to shore. Near the water, there is always some moisture and viewing is affected. Even still, at 500m measured distance, I can read signs with <1in. text just after sunset at 60x. REALLY, it's that bright and clear! At over 1000m, I can make out details on vehicles and see the edges of feathers on birds (but now fighting the conditions, that is really the limit for _any_ optic, regardless of price/quality). Bottom line, I am astounded at the quality of this optic. I use a lot of expensive optics in photography and this lens is amazing for the price. Now if only I could mount a...
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