Summary: While searching for a spotting scope to use at the shooting range, I wasn't sure that 20x zoom was going to be enough, so I passed by this product many times. One day while out shooting I looked through another shooter's Bushnell 20x (essentially the same exact product) and found that I could see .30 caliber holes at 200yds and it wasn't an exceptionally sunny day. In fact it was brighter in the eyepiece than it was looking down range.
Summary: Was excited to get as a fathers day present, when it arriven and I unpacked it i noticed the tri-pod was not very sturdy. No big deal if the scope worked as claimed. I went to the front window and tried to focus on a street sign about 50 yards away, could not read the sign through the scope, could actualy see it better with my eyes. Wanted the scope for the shooting range, would never be able to see a bullet hole. Took it back the same day.
Summary: Pro: compact. Con: too weak (at 100 yds, barely can see holes in a target for 5.56 ammo); lens' covers don't hold on; enclosed tripod is a joke. Generally, might be OK for spotting/bird watching.
Summary: You get what you pay for, but with this you get a bit more. Did real nice job for spotting deer and size you the horns at over 400 yards. Thats what I needed if for and worked well. It is vary small and light. I would but again if I needed to.
Summary: Bought this spotting scope for the range to be able to sight in my scope (can see clearly at 300m). I'll tell you that I'm pretty impressed by this piece of equipment. I was expecting something a little more cheaply made and constructed but to my surprise this scope was completly solid and had excellent magnification for the price. Pro's: small, compact; comes with it's own carring case; solidly built.
Summary: Optically this little scope is surprisingly good. Clarity of view was good right to the edges. The only thing I found deficient was the placement of the tripod mount on the scope. Where it is currently placed allows the scope to be front heavy with the provided small tripod. This makes the scope a bit unstable on less than perfectly flat and level surfaces. Other than that, I found the scope overall as an excellent value.
Summary: I bought this spotting scope because of its great glowing review in Field and Stream. For the price it's a decent scope as compared to similar and somewhat higher priced optics. Its very compact and light weight. The tripod included is not safe to use as the screw is too short and engages only one thread in the scope. I tossed it and instead use a vastly better Bogen mini-pod. I have difficulty positioning my eye to see the entire field of view which is annoying.
Summary: quality optics, highly rated by field and stream against $500-$700 scopes. I took it to Alaska and it worked very well, compact, carrying case and small tripod included. If youre looking for a cheap but good spotting scope, its the way to go!