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Disappointing image.- Updated March 15 - Replaced and improved
on 10 February 2015
I've had this scope for about a week. I bought it partly due to the reviews on various websites and forums, as this seemed to be the sub 600 benchmark scope
I also own a pair of Endeavour 8x42 binoculars which are fantastic. That said this scope has left me a little underwhelmed.
My first use was in fairness on a day with poor lighting. The image seemed incredibly flat and washed out.
I then used the scope a few days later in bright, sunny conditions. This was a big improvement overall (though nowhere near as good an image as my binoculars).
What I don't like:
The image...it's good up to 30x magnification, but above that there's a visible drop in light transmission and the image becomes blurry.
Eye relief is good, but I do sometimes get some vignetting.
In some poorer light conditions I've had purple fringing on the lens
The fine focus is very hard to get right.
The objective lens cover that's part of the stay-on case has no retainer so it just falls off.
The shoulder strap included with the case. It's just nasty.
What I do like:
The included stay-on case - apart from the objective lens cover
Nice, easy to remove lens cover
Retractable lens hood
I'm currently considering returning the scope. I could cope with the dislikes if it wasn't for the image quality. Overall after being thoroughly impressed with my binoculars, the image of this scope just seems lacking. Maybe I have a defective scope?
UPDATE March 15
I returned the scope and bought another. This unit sees better, and I can only assume I had a bit of a dud - though doesn't speak volumes for the QC. It's not a massive improvement but it's enough to mean I'm keeping it. It's excellent up to around 40x (the prior one tailed off noticeably at 30x), and acceptable at 60x.