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Most Helpful Positive Review Not bad at all!
My ratings are adjusted for price. A friend bought this spotter and I just...
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1st spotting scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AR Written on October 3, 2009
Ordered on Monday, received on Thursday.
Best price even before free shipping which many other places didn't have.
This is my 1st spotting scope. I considered the Elite which allows camera adapters, but this scope fit my budget better. I looked at a full moon at 60 zoom, WOW! Would love to see how a picture of that would turn out. The moon almost completely filled the 80mm lens at 60zoom.
There is a house 3 miles distant across the valley with a 10x50 binocular you can determine the shape of the house, but not much else. With the spotting scope you can see they have a small satellite dish, BBQ grill, lawn umbrella, and tell when someone is out on the deck.
The scope comes with a fairly large carry case that also has provisions to carry the tripod. But, an extra I didn't know is the scope has a protective jacket with a carry strap that lets you mount it to a tripod and expose the lenses for use. Very nice.
Pros: portable
Cons: unable to attach a camera, small tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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nice scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on June 7, 2009
* Clear glass enough to see the .308 bullet hole at 400-600 yards
* Easy to use and long eye relief, my friends easy look it through when wear the sun glasses.
* Nice soft case to protect the scope.
* One thing that I think is bad is the tripod. Yes, it's 80% made from plastic, can't support the 1.4 kg scope and not tigh enough to lock it stayble but I think you have to buy the strongh one anyway if you want to see 308 hold at 600yars with 60x. The tripod is very impotence. Buy the strong one and this scope is perfect....
Would recommend: Yes
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Nice scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on May 18, 2009
First impression is not too good, looks huge, but it is not, looks heavy but it is not. That is because of the 80mm lense that gives that "big" appeal. Compared and measured with my old and cheap 20-60x60 it is almost same in lenght and weight. Also works much better. Eyes dont get tired. Dawn light well transmitted. Images clear and bright. Focus knob is tight and keeps image in place while refocusing (some spotting scopes have this problem). Did not verify yet but really looks water and fog proof. Intended for range use only, it meets my expectations. Fits in my backpack where the old spotting scope used to be. Dont need to take anything out. Tripod is light, looks like could not hold the scope safely. Will use old metal tripod.
Pros: High definition, nice softcase !
Cons: Bad tripod. Hardcase useless....
Would recommend: Yes
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spend the money for a real scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, IA Written on May 11, 2009
I guess that I knew better than to expect much out of $300-$400 dollar glass. My fault, just expected better. Terrible balance, lots of play in the focus, poor quality.
Pros: Nice Case
Cons: Poor focus, balance, ...
Would recommend: No
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Not bad at all!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on March 27, 2009
My ratings are adjusted for price.
A friend bought this spotter and I just checked it out. The star test shows perfect centering, good SA3 correction, no astigmatism or coma, and pretty decent ED color correction. The erector systems appears to be lenses so there's more image distortion than a normal prismatic spotter - this doesn't bother me but be aware of that aspect. The image is high contrast and sharp from 20X-60X. I'd say the color aberration is one third of a normal achromatic spotter. The eye interface is a little tough because of the tight baffling and geometric distortion. Lateral color is greater than normal too. What that means is the object of interest should be centered in the field, and the eye needs to be carefully centered too.
All in all I was impressed with the level of optical performance, which is comparable (or better!) to ED scopes costing considerably more. The mechanical "feel" is solid enough but doesn't compare to a true high end spotter. I think Bushnell has a winner here.
Pros: ED color correction, nice wavefront
Cons: field distortion...
Would recommend: Yes
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