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Firefield 20-60 Spotting Scope
on April 12, 2013
I have mixed feelings regarding the functionality of this scope. I'm reasonably certain that at this price, you should not expect perfection; however, one can always be hopeful.
My scope arrived contained in a hansom, padded, but flawed metal case, complete with separate draw-string cloth bag for the scope, and a zippered shoulder bag in which to hall the scope and tripod around.
The case has two lockable clasps; one at each of the two front corners. One of the clasps would not lock due to a misalignment of the case's corner components, resulting in the lid being warped at one end.
The tripod also had an issue, in that one of the small, fragile plastic levers required to lock the tripod's extended legs was broken, basically rendering the tripod useless.
The scope appears solidly built and comes with excellent lens covers for both ends. Optics appear clear and distortion free. Using the low-end (20x) of the magnification range, the scope is not disappointing in the least, gathering good light, and is easy to focus; however, at the 60X setting, light gathering drops off significantly. I expected this to be the case with an inexpensive scope. Overall, the scope does meet my expectations, but clearly does not perform at the level of scopes costing twice the money. I have yet to use it for the purpose for which I purchased it; that is, as a spotting scope at the shooting range. I am confident it will do fine in allowing me to see the bullet holes in my target at 100 yards.
I contacted the company using the "contact us" option at the company's web sight. I was pleasantly surprised at the quick turnaround that my inquiry received. I received a new, properly working hard-case with in a week, including a new tripod. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the tripod was not the same as the one originally shipped with the scope. The replacement tripod is intended to be used on a table top, while the original tripod is adjustable for either table-top use to standing. Personally, the table top model is more suited to my needs, so I did not pursue the matter with the company further.
But for the inconvenience associated with the malfunctioning case, and the broken tripod, I would have scored the product as a 4.