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Vortex Sandpiper 15-45x65mm Angled Spotting Scope Stokes Birding Series SBS-SPR65-A
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Most Helpful Positive Review Vortex Sandpiper 65mm
Everything about this scope is as advertised. I purchased it for High Powe...
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Disappointment

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, PA Written on November 12, 2008
I read quite a bit of review on various models and this one got rave review from Cornell University's (compared with other samples they tested). The catch is the ones they compared, not that many within this price range in the first place, I later realized. The construction is good, focus a bit too loose, I like some friction and resistence for the solid feel. Eye cap easily get lost once. But the biggest problem is optical quality. Lots of light fringing around tree leave edges looking outside the window. It literally makes me dizzy after about one minute. Take it to the rifle range, I can spot 223 holes at 100 yards, but the guy next to me got a cheap NcStar, his can resolve the edge of duct tapes overlaying the holes! Mine can not. A big disappointment dawned upon me at that point. This one has longer eye relief, life-time warranty, etc. but it doesn't mean much when optically it can't even compare with a sub-100 dollar NcStar. Actually I've found a fix to the short eye relief problem on NcStar and Barska scopes (both have very clear view), if you wear glasses, take them off and compensate by turning the scope focus and you can get clear view. I tried and it worked perfect. I've sent this scope back for exchange of a Barska Blackhawk, no more milky, dizzy, muddy view as from this scope. Plus it's a lot cheaper. Customer service at OP is very good, they made the exchange without restocking fee even I opened the box for inspection (I kept all the packaging and everything nea...
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Would recommend: No
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Rusticbird

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on February 21, 2008
This is a great scope for the price. I was concerned when I purchased it because I wasn't able to check it out before buying (which is not a good idea). But I took the chance and have been delighted. I like the fact that it's only about 2lbs. I can hike around with it mounted on a tripod with no problems. The case is nice, I don't have to remove it to use the scope. Again, this is a great scope for under $400.
Pros: Lightweight, great optics, easy to use, good price!
Cons: Needs better lens cap. Too loose.....small issue....
Would recommend: Yes
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Vortex Sandpiper 65mm

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, SC Written on February 10, 2008
Everything about this scope is as advertised. I purchased it for High Power Rifle competition. You can clearly see bullet holes in all kinds of conditions out to 200 yards. (I haven't tested it beyond 200 yards) My only gripe is the lens cap cover is really flimsy and will not stay attached. When removing the scope from the bag it is never attached--will not stay on. It needs a clip on type cover. However, I can not locate one in the odd 65mm size. Other than that--best value for scope under $400.00
Pros: Excellent value. Sharp and crisp optics.
Cons: protective lens cap and cover flimsy....
Would recommend: Yes
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