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Vanguard Endeavor HD 65A Spotting Scope - Angled Body w/ Eyepiece, Waterproof
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Most Helpful Positive Review Solid value, nice build quality, but has its limits
The new Vanguard Endeavor HD scopes are a definitive contender in the crowded budget scope market. Vanguard has made a name for itself producing exce...
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Exceeds Expectations

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on October 1, 2013
Highly recommend
Pros: Well made, stable, high grade optics, easy focus, sharp optics
Cons: heavy...
Would recommend: Yes
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Solid value, nice build quality, but has its limits

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on September 3, 2013
The new Vanguard Endeavor HD scopes are a definitive contender in the crowded budget scope market. Vanguard has made a name for itself producing excellent budget binoculars, especially their Endeavor ED open bridge models, and with this scope they try to continue that lineage.

The good news is that this scope has terrific options for a $500ish scope, with ED glass and excellent coatings the image is very bright even at higher magnifications, with good contrast, very little chromatic aberration (color fringing), and very little fall-off as you move towards the edges. Vanguard was smart to limit the zoom range to 15-45x, instead of going for the marketing angle of "bigger numbers" with a 60x zoom. The fact is that it takes a good scope to make magnifications of 50x-60x even usable, so it's better to have a more realistic range that offers a wider angle on the low end.

The only major complaint I have optically is that the FOV of the zoom eyepiece isn't that great, with a standard 40-60 degree angle of view (from low mag to high). But this is comparable to the competition, you have to pay a lot more to get a scope with a wide angle zoom. And again since the scope goes out to 15x on the low end, you can still find a decent field of view to scan and then zoom in.

But one of the biggest distinctions vs other budget scopes is the level of build and fit and finish. The scope is very well balanced and comfortable, with nice handling, comfortable rubber armor, and a dual ...
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Excellent budget scope!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on August 29, 2013
The new Vanguard Endeavor HD scopes are a definitive contender in the crowded budget scope market. Vanguard has made a name for itself producing excellent budget binoculars, especially their Endeavor ED open bridge models, and with this scope they try to continue that lineage.

The good news is that this scope has terrific options for a $500ish scope, with ED glass and excellent coatings the image is very bright even at higher magnifications, with good contrast, very little chromatic aberration (color fringing), and very little fall-off as you move towards the edges. Vanguard was smart to limit the zoom range to 15-45x, instead of going for the marketing angle of "bigger numbers" with a 60x zoom. The fact is that it takes a good scope to make magnifications of 50x-60x even usable, so it's better to have a more realistic range that offers a wider angle on the low end.

The only major complaint I have optically is that the FOV of the zoom eyepiece isn't that great, with a standard 40-60 degree angle of view (from low mag to high). But this is comparable to the competition, you have to pay a lot more to get a scope with a wide angle zoom. And again since the scope goes out to 15x on the low end, you can still find a decent field of view to scan and then zoom in.

But one of the biggest distinctions vs other budget scopes is the level of build and fit and finish. The scope is very well balanced and comfortable, with nice handling, comfortable rubber armor, and a dual ...
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Would recommend: Yes
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