Compact spotter, great expectations!


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ms6852
May 27, 2010, 05:56 PM
After getting tired of lugging by big Nikon Field scope with Manfrotto bipod I decided I needed a compact scope since the max distance I would need it for was about 100yds. for 22lr scoring. After several months of researching and looking through several brands, I decided on the Leupold Goldring in 15-30X50. Here's the link:

http://www.leupold.com/observation/produ...0x50mm-compact/

This little scope is $399 and worth every penny. The scope measures less than 12 inches and weighs less than 1 1/2 lbs. After looking at other scopes with larger ojective lenses measuring 65mm and those claiming to have HD or ED glass for the same price as the Leupold, they still were cheap and did not hold up to the clarity and brightness that the smaller objective lens Leupold had. As with any product that one purchases there will always be pros and cons but in this case the pros out weigh the con on this spotter. For the specific application of seeing bullet holes of 22lr at 100 yds, the performance of the scope surpassed my expectations and was surprised that I could see .22 cal, and .30 cal bullet holes at 200 yds on regular targets as well as the shoot n c targets at dusk. The glass is truly exceptional for such a small objective lens.

Mounted on the Vanguard VS-82 table top tripod total weight combined for both the spotter and tripod is under 3lbs. This little spotter is always my companion now in my truck. It is great for hiking and backpacking as you will not mind the less than 3lbs that you carry and is great to use on the window of your truck with the window mount. In some instances some binoculars could weigh as much and are not as stable, especially if using high power binocs.

http://www.vanguardworld.com/index.php/en/pv/products/photo-video/detail-1-4-130-134.html

Eye relief is a little on the short side and since it is light it may shake a little if its is breezy but hey it is difficult to have your cake and eat it too.
I thought I would write a little about this and pass my personal experience in case some one was looking for a compact scope but was undecided.

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