Built sturdy and resistant to drops and jarring. Excellent image quality at the lower end of the zoom, and very good optics farther out. Cleanly spots targets and shot groups at 300 yards.
Rubber eyepiece falls off easily. Field of view narrows quite a bit past 60x – not surprising at its midrange price point. Some color halos around faraway objects. Included tripod is too flimsy for the scope to stay stable.
Easy to spot shots on targets at 100 yards, even from smaller caliber bullets. Lens caps are easy to take off and put on. Can range out past 300 yards easily, with bright optics and good focus through entire zoom range. Very durable, and resists fogging.
Angled viewing is awkward for some uses. Included tripod is cheap and difficult to stabilize. Adjustment knob’s threads can strip easily if not centered correctly. Focus can be less crisp when zooming to 200+ yards.
Lightweight and easy to carry and use. Focuses well past 100 yards with a wide field of view, and picks up detail at 50-75 yards, which is good for pistol range target checking.
Carrying case is thin and not padded. Lens can dislodge if monocular is dropped. May not reach 6x magnification.
Perfect for bird-watching, with phone attachment making it easier to view and photograph wildlife. Clear, focused image from 50 to 200 yards. Smartphone adapter can hold larger devices like the iPhone 6. Works well for nighttime moon viewing.
Scope is pretty heavy at more than 5 lbs. Tripod is cheaply made and doesn’t support scope well. Field of view is very narrow at longer zoom ranges. Smartphone images taken at longer range don’t turn out well.
Nicely balanced for its size and weight, which is fairly light. Perfect field of view for target shooting. Crystal-clear detail focus on targets, allowing a clear view of shot groups. Long-distance viewing is no problem for this scope.
Tripod mounting screw has plastic threads that can be easily stripped. Touchy focus knob. Image isn’t very bright in low-light conditions or indoors.
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Spotting scopes are small, portable telescopes that are commonly used for activities such as bird-watching, hunting, and surveillance. Spotting scopes provide more magnification than binoculars, can be used during the day, and can easily be mounted on a standard tripod. To find the best spotting scope for you, it’s important to keep certain features in mind. Magnification is how far a scope can zoom in, and can reach more than 100x on some spotting scopes. Lens size plays a huge role in image quality, but factors like weather and atmosphere will have an effect on magnification quality as well. A spotting scope with a high quality optical system will retain its high quality image even after zooming in. The more expensive the scope, the higher quality the optical system.
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