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Osprey Standard 3-9x40 Duplex Rifle Scope, SD3-9x40DP
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Expected more......got less

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on January 9, 2012
Purchased this scope from a dealer and from the start there were problems. The first one I took out of the box had a defect in the lens in the form of a dark spot (paint?) in the lower right of the viewfield. The second one out of the box the elevation adjustment was frozen and would not turn in either direction. Third one seemed fine after careful overview. Once I got it home and mounted I began to sight it in and it has a horrible glare in the glass in the upper right of the field of view. I took the scope off and into a dark room and turned the green reticle on high and in the darkness I could see an imperfection in the glass in the spot of the aforementioned glare. I called and will be exchanging this one for yet another. I will say they honor the warranty! The selection of either the red or green reticle was a nice feature, the 3-9 focused as well as expected and was smooth. The elevation and windage adjustments are very small and require small fingers to adjust. The included flip-up scope caps and mounts were a nice touch. I was sold on a sales pitch that the glass was the same as used in the Nikons and other higher end scopes, it was hard to see a difference under the lights inside a building. This cannot be the case as the evidence is clear (or not) as soon as it viewed outside. It is no more clear than my 40+ year old Ted Williams! The price was fair, if you are looking for a cheap scope to put on rimfire rifle this would fit the bill. If you are looking for crystal ...
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Would recommend: No
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Resolution same as 40 year old Redfield Widefield

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on December 18, 2010
I tested resolution by scoping letters on a sign some 100 yards out. I compared against a Swift, Tasco Pronghorn, Redfield Widefield circa 1972 and another Osprey 10-40x50. All set to 9x except the other Osprey which was 10x. The Osprey 3-9 was on par for resolution with all the scopes except the Tasco Pronghorn which was distinctly better and sharper. I thought that Osprey had quality Jap Hoya Lenses but it seems they are just average and certainly no better than other cheap brands. With new technology and advanced len's materials it should do better than a 40 year old Redfield. It is worth about what I paid for it. Not more and certainly not up to par with any leupold. The 10-40 osprey was crisper in making out letters with use of parallax adjustment. But not that much better and it was set at 10x. So the advertising that the Jap Hoya lenses are up to par with 800$ leupold is just bunk. The lens fogged on the outside the first time out into freezing weather so the coating is not fog proof. The top turret did not click like the side turret adjustment. Just moved without clicking so hard to adjust windage. Seems to hold POI. It has better glare resistance than the older scopes. Diopter adjustment is good. It is an average scope, average resolution, good design, poor workmanship, with a good warranty. I would not buy this exact Osprey again but would consider other Osprey scopes when on sale.
Pros: Very Durable and Inexpensive
Cons: Average Resolution....
Would recommend: No
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