Acuter PRO-Series Waterproof 20-60X 80mm Spotting Scope 45-degre

 
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Graham Maxwell-Cox
Oct 13, 2015
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I ordered this 80mm scope primarily for use as a spotter for archery, but was also interested ini ts use for astronomy. It was delivered very promptly by courier and in one piece despite a recent Astronomy Conference causing some delay!. Thank you for that.

Advantages: For me the scope worked well as an archery spotter over some 30m range (long garden) offering a good clear view of all of the target at x20 and an excellent view of the gold for those who group their arrows there! At 30 m I would say the magnification is a little high, but clearly at 50 -100m range it will prove excellent.
The focussingi s smooth (if a little lengthy) but does not disturb the scope when operated with a single finger..
The finish to scope is very good, feels robust, and is unlikely to slip out of your hands. There is an integral fixed hood to keep some sun out. (The fron lens is set back). The mounting is fixed (no rotation), but angle is easily changed with a standard tripod head to view from the side. Image is large and clear.

Disadvantages: I would say there are few disadvantages to this model, and it is inexpensive! (I happliy spend £1000- £2000 on L-series lenses for canon a SLR). - and there lies the problem in quality. Viewing stars and planets recently, I became aware of the chomatic aberration from the lens train in the scope, and I am not used to seeing that! So viewing astronomical objects with the scope is somewhat limited by the colour splitting on sharp objects. Having said that I did get a good view of the moon x60 where I saw more detail than I have seen since working with professional telescopes decades ago! Not a bad product at at all!
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