Great scope, easily see .17cal target bullet holes at 200 metres
3 June 2012
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Pros: Very clear, easy to focus. Tripod does shake a little, but the fine adjustment knobs limit this. Still clear ar maximum 60x zoom, outstanding at lower power 20-40x. The large objective (80mm) lets in lots of light. Includes extendable sunshade, and screw on caps. East to find, intuitive fine focus knob. My kit came with the sturdy, foam-lined carry case.
Cons: I don't know if more expensive brands are clearer or better, as I have not used them. Size / bulkyness may not suit some? Could do with a more solid tripod as any touch will shake the view. I also purchadsed the Alpen camera attachment, which made the whole thing more prone to wobbles, but using a 5-10sec timed shot solved this. Friends have struggled to see through the scope, but I am used to it (the eye relief is ridiculously short on max 60x zoom power).
Summary: I got the Alpen 768 for target shooting. The scope resolves .30 caliber hits in a splatter target at 300 yards; at 200 yards hits in a normal paper target are observable if mirage is not too strong. The huge ocular is very eye-glass friendly. There is some barrel distortion at the extreme edges, but the wide field of view makes this inconsequential.
Pros: Performance exceeds expectations for the price; excellent table-top tripod
Summary: A pretty good spotting scope for the money. I use it for target spotting at the shooting range and wildlife watching. I couldn't believe how clear the view was at 60x and from about 300m away. It sure beats walking to the target everytime I make a couple shots, to see where they hit.
Pros: Inexpensive, good quality, clear picture, lightweight.
Summary: I was expecting a decent scope, it is so much better than that! The price was right and well recommended with a decent case and usable tripod (not great, but all metal and sturdy on hard even surfaces). My scope (YMMV) is so much sharper and clearer than anything I have seen for under $1000 (and the difference is subtle: contrast is higher for expensive scopes and Chromatic Aberation or CA, ie. purple fringing, is much less with ED glass).
Pros: RAZOR Sharp optics, bright viewing, great overall package
Cons: Chromatic Aberation at 50-60x against bright sky