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Alpen 20-60x80mm Waterproof Angled Spotting Scope, Tripod, Travel Case
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I have a Konus 20x60x80 that is a pretty nice spotting scope that bought a ...
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Had $300 to $400 budgeted for spotting scope. Wanted a scope I could see ....
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Everything I want for my needs

by Art, from Canada, BC Written on August 5, 2014
I searched high and low for a spotter that offers excellent optical quality at a price that is around 500 dollars.

I researched online comparing the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60x80mm, Leupold Ventana and Vortex Diamondback or even the higher end razor. I came across Alpen on birdwatchers websites and they noted that the image quality better than most of the scopes I listed with the exception of the much higher priced Razor.

I tried to go to local shops to check out the scopes I listed, most of them didn't have the eye relief that permitted me to use the scope without taking my glasses off. I looked through the Bushnell and I saw that the colors were kinda washed out. So I took a risk and bought the Alpen based on the online articles and youtube reviews.

My use:
Mainly for range shooting at 50-300m. Will use the scope for bird watching along the rivers and seaside as well.

I have only taken it out to the range and I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed. Being an artist and painter, I'm pretty sensitive to colors and the color reproduction through the scope was very nice. The image seems to pop in 3D. Before I even started spotting bullet holes down range I turned the zoom up to 60X. Immediately I noticed slight chromatic abrasion on the edges of my black circled target used for zeroing my optic but it wasn't so serious that it blurred the edges; the image still remained sharp even with slight heat haze in 30C weather. I was able to make out 10pt Arial font ...
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Would recommend: Yes
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Alpen Angled Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on April 18, 2014
Alpen angled spotting worked just as promissed. The trippod that is supplied is a little suspect for this heavy of a scope. But has worked so far. Carrying case is very proffessional.
Pros: Well built clear focus solid case...
Would recommend: Yes
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Huge bang for the buck!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, AZ Written on March 10, 2013
Use this mainly at the shooting range and it great! Using it at the 60X setting dims the view a little but not bad. Best used up to about 50X. Big lenses lets tons of light in. Tripod is ok, but a little sensitive. The fine adjustments are very useful though. Would recommend especially considering the price. The Alpen no questions asked warranty make this a no brainier!
Pros: Inexpensive, clear view.
Cons: Short eye relief...
Would recommend: Yes
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rangeshooter

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MA Written on June 15, 2012
.22 cal. holes in target paper clearly visible at 200 yards. Carrying case, table top tripod, and lens caps with easy set up make this spotting scope a real value fot this price.
Pros: great glass at this pricepoint
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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Best Scope for the Price

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 12, 2012
I compared this scope side-by-side with several others in the same price range, and I narrowed it down to the vortex nomad and this scope. The vortex provides a slightly clearer image but not by much. Where this scope really excels is in its brightness. I do a lot of spotting during elk season in low-light conditions, so brightness was very important to me. I even compared it side-by-side to the vortex razor hd and could barely tell a difference in brightness.

So far, the scope has performed extremely well and has met my expectations. The only problem is that it's a bit bulky, but that is to be expected with an 80mm lens.

And you CANNOT beat the Alpen no-questions/no-fault warranty. To my knowledge, vortex is the only other company that carries a similar warranty on all their products.
Pros: Price, Quality, Warranty
Cons: A Little Bulky...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good deal for the money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OK Written on October 31, 2011
This is my first spotting scope. I read a lot of reviews and found this was rated one of the best for the money. I believe that I made the right decision. Have used it to glass for deer at the lease - its amazing how much detail you can see at 400
+ yards. Haven't taken it to the range yet, which is why I bought it.
Pros: easy to use, clear visibility at distance
Cons: tripod not useful in the field...
Would recommend: Yes
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Alpen Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on October 20, 2011
Tripod not the greatest, but is serviceable. I can see the need for purchasing a quality tripod. This scope does what I wanted, which is to see bullet holes at 200 yards.
Pros: clear
Cons: tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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Alpen spotting scope 788KIT

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on August 10, 2011
Have tried it to shoot up to 200 yards and it performs very satisfactorily. Still need to try it longer distance than that. Although included table-top Tripod is adequate, the size and weight of the scope mean that it will always wobble in windy conditions.
Have tried it on full sized telescope tripod with good results. Tried it side by side with a Meade ETX-90 telescope in the night sky.(August summer sky near a BIG city with LOTs of ambient lighting). Anything beyond the Moon against the Meade (with its multiple super Plossl eye pieces)is not fair comparison of course.But I was very pleased to see how clear & crisp the features (and shadows) on the moon are through the Aspen 788! Very impressed.
I bought the 788 only for use as a spotting scope for long distance shooting. It is very adequate for the use I intend to use it for.
The rotating ring thumb screw no longer interferes with the focus knob (as reported in a 11/2010 evaluation). Seems like Aspen have been responsive to feedback which in my view is a good thing. Will definitely look at Aspen products too, for future Optics needs.

Pros: Bright, Clear & Bright images at low as well as Hi-Power. Focus knobs work nicely
Cons: a bit heavy for the included Tripod. Tripod center stem is a bit long to sit it very low on the shooting table....
Would recommend: Yes
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Alpen20-60X80 788KIT

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on February 28, 2011
Had $300 to $400 budgeted for spotting scope. Wanted a scope I could see .22 holes at 200yds. Wanted a angled eye piece for optional star- gazing. Have never owned a scope so can't make a comparision. I can see 22 holes in a soda pop based homemade cardboard target. Haven't used for any astronomy ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Alpen 788KIT

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CT Written on November 10, 2010
The Alpen 788 has a bright, clear image, more than suitable for target shooting out to 300 yards (longer distances not tried). The dual focus knobs (coarse/fine) allow for precise focusing. The aluminum case is perfect for secure storage. The micro-adjustable tripod is wobbly, especially in windy conditions, but the kit, which doesn't cost much more than just the scope, is still a good value for the case and the room in it for a tripod. Also,the rotating ring, which allows for angle-of-viewing adjustment, has a screw that hits the focus knob, preventing the eyepiece from being rotated 90 degrees clockwise from vertical. Overall, though, this scope kit is an extremely good value, and is highly recommended.
Pros: Bright, clear image. Coarse/fine adjustment knobs.
Cons: Tripod wobbly. Rotating mounting ring doesn't turn 360 degrees....
Would recommend: Yes
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