Bushnell Sentry 18-36x 50 Spotting Scope
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- 50mm objective lens for a clear, bright image
- Multi-coated optics for increased light transmission
- 100% waterproof
- Rubber armor absorbs shock
- Compact tripod for long-range viewing
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At the time I tried this Bushnell scope-
The Leupold Gold Ring 15-30x 50mm had the sharpest optics, but 50mm was no-good/dim in low-light conditions! The Max 30x was also not strong enough, to judge racks at long distance (I could see .30 bullet holes in the black, at 200yds. though!)!
This 18-36x scope came in 2nd for Sharpness, but 50mm just wasn't enough for low-light conditions?
For the low price, it was pretty darn good though!-
1. It was lightweight, and compact for back-packing up a mountain!
3. I could see .30 holes in the black at 200Yds., but didn't stay anywhere near in focus as you increased power (most require a little tweaking...)!
My non-shill/fanboy recommendation!
I finally found a GREAT "compact/lightweight/Sharp..." spotting scope/Tri-pod combination (cost $less than MANY I trialed!)!-
1. The Bushnell Elite 15-45x 60mm Spotting Scope Bushnell Spotting Scope Elite 15-45x60
2. The "Vanguard MARS 1 tripod" is compact/lightweight/Solid Vanguard MARS 1 OS Tri Pod- This link is the Amazon "OS" tripod model (there was a Better model for me!)!-
If you Google "Vanguard MARS 1 tripod"- you can find the "non-OS" model which is more compact/cheaper, and weighs 10oz... less!
The hot-shoe fits most all other Vanguard tripods (I feel Vanguard tripods are the best quality for my $buck!)!
As has been mentioned the included tripod is kind of chintzy (hence 4 vs. 5 stars) so I did include a better one that fits as well into the included hard case and is very sturdy. The original tripod can used with most cameras as a bonus. Would buy again.
So yesterday, I stopped in at Big 5, to check out the scopes on my list. Thankfully the little gal assisting me was very helpful. And allowed me to paw all the scopes. All but the Bushnell were 20x60x-50mm. The little Bushnell though, really stood out.
Big 5 had it on sale for $99.99, with another 20% off the sale price. Which brought it down to just a hair under $80.00, out the door. Which I felt was a pretty fair price for the scope.
The spotting scope came in a aluminum case, with foam padding, that has cut outs for the scope and tripod. The case isn't something I'd call durable but, it will keep the scope from getting beat up. The bipod, is of the table top kind. And pretty much worthless. It can be used but it's very flimsy. A strap was also included, along with a pair of keys for the box itself.
The scope though, is actually well made. It's armor rubber covered. That feels good in the hand. Has a built in Sun shade and is water proof. There is a snap on lens cover for the objective. That took a little tweaking, to get it to stay in place (two little tabs needed to be bent out just a little, to create the lock). But after that was done, it's good to go. And the is a screw on cap for the eye piece.
By the time I got home, it was about 2:00 PM in the NW. With lots of sun. With the scope mounted on my Manfrotto monopod. I ran the scope through its paces, starting at its lowest 18x setting. The glass appeared nice and sharp and focussed quickly. There isn't much for eye relief.Read more ›
The spotting scope is easy to focus and zoom with well placed controls that adjust smoothly. The tripod is a real disappointment and should not be trusted on anything but the most sturdy benches. A small camera tripod makes a much better choice.
Really don't know why I waited so long to get one of these.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works as advertised have had it for a year or two and still works greatPublished 18 months ago by DA
This Bushnell recieves 1 star....the moment I pulled it out of the box, I new it was nothing compared to the ratings I reviewed before purchase. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by lonnie
Does the job and it is nice for the price, but it is pretty light and feels cheap. The good thing is that it comes with a case to keep the scope secure during travelingPublished on May 18, 2013 by A.E.
Arrived quickly. Case was dented on one corner, but due to extensive padding on the inside, no damage was done to contents. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by J. M. Ewan