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Leupold 20 - 60 x 80 SX1 Ventana Angled Spotting Scope
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Most Helpful Positive Review Perfect Scope with Bushnell Advanced Titanium Tripod
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Does the job for me

by gwhelo, from United States, IN Written on November 4, 2014
I was looking for an all around spotting scope. I have several Leupold scopes on my rifles so I thought I would go with Leupold for a spotting scope. The unit is lightweight and is easy to use. It seems to perform well in low light. The included tripod is a table tripod. I have it in my home on a regular camera tripod and it works great. The zoom is smooth and the eyepiece is easy to adjust for viewing and snapping quick photos with an IPhone. I don't use an adapter I just hold the phone with the left hand and snap....
Would recommend: Yes
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Leupold scope

by David Spradlin, from United States, TN Written on November 3, 2014
I've used my Leupold primarily at the range and have really enjoyed the clarity this scope has and ease of adjustment. I would recommend this scope to a friend but I would recommend they go through Optics Planet to get it. Great service and delivery on all their products....
Best Used for:
  • hunting, range shooting
Would recommend: Yes
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Spotting Scope

by David, from United States, GU Written on October 25, 2014
The scope looks to be an excellent product. I have not had an opportunity to use it yet other than to test it at my home. I travel a lot in my business and it is hard to get to the range, where I plan on using this mainly. The scope itself is high quality construction. The field of view and the magnification is excellent. Good value for the money....
Would recommend: Yes
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Great product

by Lexter 11, from United States, GA Written on October 15, 2014
Very sharp at the lower power. Acceptable at greatest magnification. Easy to focus. Was able to begin using with no learning curve. Did not purchase recommended tripod. Used tripod from photography days. My existing tripod was better quality and very stable....
Pros:
  • Ease of use
  • Optics
Cons:
  • None
Best Used for:
  • Bird watching
Would recommend: Yes
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Just what I was looking for...

by Bob L, from United States, NY Written on September 24, 2014
For me, this is the right product at the right price. Excellent field of view, great magnification, light weight and not too bulky. I'm new at this, but I found this unit to be easy to set up and use without much fuss. I'm glad I got the angled viewer, too......
Pros:
  • Affordable
  • lightweight and perfect definition
  • easy to use.
Cons:
  • a bit bulky
Would recommend: Yes
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Great value

by DaveT, from United States, NC Written on August 4, 2014
Clear concise spotting scope, used at the range today and I could easily see shot placements out to 500 yards. Good eye relief, easy focus and rugged. Everything as advertised. I would recommend this scope. Only thing to watch is the lense covers they are no secured and could easily come off and be lost....
Pros:
  • Cost and Weight
  • Build quality
Cons:
  • None
Would recommend: Yes
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First Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on April 14, 2014
This is my first venture into the purchase and use of a spotting scope, for use in sighting-in a rifle. Overall, it has been just what I needed to get an excellent down range picture of my shots up to 200 yds. I have not tried to utilize it beyond that as I do not intend to target anything beyond that distance. Chalk that up to old age and diminished eyesight. The scope is excellent in optic quality for viewing bullet hits clearly and crisply, with its focusing adjustments. I do also like and appreciate the adjustable eye relief provided on the eye piece. Some reviewers have been critical of the quality of the hard case, but in my opinion, its quite adequate for the purpose and provides a good secure storage. It appears to be well padded, with foam to protect the scope from most general bumps and thumps. Is it going to hold up to the type of handling and trashing by airport baggage handlers? No, its not, but I don't think thats what Leupold had in mind in the design. My main criticism is that either the tripod does not provide a good support at bench level, for the size of the scope, or the scope to tripod mount cannot be tightened enough to keep even a mild breeze from causing the scope to shake and creating difficulties in good steady visual field. Other than that, I think it was a great purchase for my purposes and needs. Bottom line you really can't go wrong with a Leupold product.
Pros: Usual Leupold Quality
Cons: Tripod to scope connection could be better...
Would recommend: Yes
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Leupold Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on August 23, 2013
Expected better resolution at highest power. I put UV lens filters on all good glass if possible. If I get a scratch I don't want it on the high dollar glass. This scope doesn't appear to be threaded for that purpose.
Pros: Fairly crisp image at 100 yards
Cons: Not threaded for lens filter to protect glass...
Would recommend: Yes
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Perfect Scope with Bushnell Advanced Titanium Tripod

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, FL Written on July 14, 2013
Great one time "life time" purchase. Cudos to OpticsPlanet Technical Staff who helped me select the right tripod. Highly recommend purchasing the Bushnell Advanced Titanium Tripod along with the Leupold Ventana scope if you will use the Ventana while standing or as a multi-purpose scope. Tripod has 3 axis controls, and it will easily pan to follow moving animals, boats, planes etc. I'm also extremely happy with this configuration for a benchrest application which only needs 2 axis controls. Prior buyer comments steered me away from the scope kit that includes the case/tripod. Two important points for the Ventana/Bushnell setup are I'm a little over 6 ft tall (a benchrest consideration), and you'll need to get a separate travel case to tote the scope and tripod. This is a one time purchase for the best affordable equipment within my budget which is much more important than purchasing the kit with a lesser quality tripod and less functionality. Getting clear optics at a 1000+ yards which is so much more than expected!
Pros: Ease of Use, Clarity, Crisp Optics even in Low Light.
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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Abs on the Trail

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on May 13, 2013
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...
Would recommend: Yes
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