I bought the Ventana spotting scope from a recommendation of a seasoned hunter. Initially, I had bought a less expensive spotting scope from a different manufacturer. When I proudly displayed all of my optics (spotting scope, binoculars and rifle scope), he looked at me and told me "don't even take those out of the box."
I'm old enough to know you get what you pay for. The only problem is, I keep forgetting that.
During a family outing, I decided to take the Leupold to the park next to a trailhead. I was more than pleased with the clarity. I was able to clearly see the details of leaves - through the heat waves - over 2000 feet away. That was something I hadn't expected.
Shortly into my exploration my two young kids pulled me away to do some exploring of their own. From a distance away, I could see my wife glued to the scope. This was odd because she is rarely interested in my toys.
When I returned she said "you've got a nice toy there. I could see the abs on that hiker on the side of that mountain. Nice."
I'm not sure if she meant the scope was nice or the hiker's abs.
I didn't purchase the scope with the tripod. I already have two to choose from.
The Ventana spotting scope is easy to use, has exceptional clarity (even through heat waves), and lives up to the Leupold name.
Pros: Clear, Easy to Use
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.