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Shooting Rifles - Picture of the Moon looking through this scope
on May 5, 2016
I ranged a house across a lake at 780 yards. With this spotting scope I could easily see the expressions on the faces of a boy and girl that were sitting next to each other.
Also an adult male was doing yard work at the house next door (similar distance) and I could read the words on his shirt.
.224 sized bullet holes could be viewed at 150 yards on normal paper targets. We did not shoot longer than 150 yards that day. I would assume with splatter targets you could view the holes at a lot further distance.
I mostly shoot at steel targets. I have not tried it yet, but I sincerely do not think seeing hits on steel at 1000 yards will be an issue.
Attached is a pic I took of the moon through this spotting scope. I took the picture on my 4 1/2 year old Droid phone without it mounted securely to the scope. I just held it by hand, which was almost impossible to hold it still enough. Even though the picture is mostly clear, it was noticeably more clear looking at the moon with your naked eye through the scope and not the phone picture.
I just read through some of the comments on this spotting scope and it's really blowing my mind. I never used the tripod that came with the scope so maybe that is the difference... but when people are saying this is only a 100 or 200 yard spotting scope is really surprising me. I could read the numbers on mailboxes 400 yards away no problem (I didn't try longer). I could read that guy's shirt at almost 800 yards.
I'll try to remember the next time I go to the 500 yard range to shoot my 30-06 and see if I can see the holes in normal paper or if I would need splatter targets. The results wouldn't surprise me either way. This is a pretty dang good spotting scope.
Also there were a few questions and comments about the fact that the eyepiece doesn't rotate. Just plan on buying a decent tripod and that will also not be a problem. The mounting base of tripods will angle towards you, which is what I do. I share a tripod between this scope and my chronograph when I'm using it.
The only feature that would make this spotting scope better is if it had a Milliradian reticle that was first focal plane. But that's what I like, not 90% of other people. :)