Ranking The Top 10 Best Spotting Scope Reviews in 2020


Today we got a massive haul for you guys. We are going to review not 1 not 2 but 10 best spotting scopes for you guys to choose from. 10 different scopes with different prices. We are going to mention all the pros and cons of having that individual scopes and which one is more suitable for you. So, without further a due let’s begin our best spotting scope reviews. 

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    Best Spotting Scope

    First, let me introduce all the contenders of today’s massive reviews. 

    Brand Model
    Kowa TSN 883
    Leupold Mark 4
    Vortex Razor HD
    Pentax PF 80ED
    Celestron 52306 Regal M2 100 ED
    Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60 x80
    Celestron 52252 100mm Ultima
    Bushnell Trophy XLT 20-60x 65 mm
    Gosky 20-60 X 80 Porro Prism
    Barska 20-60x60
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    Now let’s talk about the 10 brands who made spotting scopes –

    Best Spotting Scope Brands

    Originated in Japan in 1894 Kowa company LTD also has an American corporation. Kowa makes numerous products in a number of industries. They also make CCTV and Machine Vision. But we are here to talk about there scope. 

    Kowa TSN series is arguably the best spotting scope money can buy. They make solid scopes with excellent prism and build quality with the highest quality possible coating. No compromises except maybe not for target shooters cause no reticle.

    Leupold is an American based sporting optics and telescoping sight makers. They hold a great reputation providing some of the best rifle scopes in the market. In the spotting scope genre, it’s no different.

    They do provide some of the best built and great lens in spotting scope. Especially in the high-end budget, Leupold shines. The Mark 4 20-60x80mm is an excellent example. 

    Vortex is a well-known manufacturer of optical material such as binoculars, spotting scopes and rifle scopes.

    They are known to provide some of the best mid-range optics. They have many scopes under 500$ that comes in both straight and angled version. 

    Pentax Optics

    A Japanese based company that specializes in outdoor sport optics. They provide imaging and electronics to Ricoh for cameras. It’s kind of a true stereotype that the Japanese make some of the best electronics. 

    Pentax also makes one of the best optics in the market. While they don’t necessarily make high-end scopes they mainly compete in the mid-range. And in our opinion mid-range is one of the toughest range to fight, as a lot of company tends to make scope in this range.

    Pentax has earned their spot due to making good quality optics in our best spotting scope reviews list. 

    Celestron Optics

    Celestron is an American based company that manufactures telescopes and distributes telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, and accessories.

    The Celestron has a lot of best spotting scope under 500$. We especially liked their prism work. They don’t hesitate to provide great prism within budget. That’s why NASA used Celestron C5 in the past in their space shuttle. That’s quite an achievement if you ask me. 

    Bushnell Optics

    You will always find at least one Bushnell product in any best rifle scope / best spotting scope related post. They have proven again and again that consistency is the key. Due to there reliable performance and excellent value, you just can’t overlook them while looking for a new scope.

    Gosky Optics

    In recent years, Gosky got quite a bit of attention. The US-based company deserves all the positive vibe and feedback it receiving. Because they are not looking down on the budget birders/hunters.

    They are providing some good quality optic for a cheap price, which goes on sale quite often. I am not gonna compare them with a super high-end brand. But trust me you should give them a chance. 

    Barska Optics

    How can we finish a best post without mentioning at least one Barska product? Well, Barska is like Bushnell but for the entry-level people or who just wants something to get by. They often provide many scopes for less than 100$.

    Yeah, I know 50$ for a scope might be unheard of. But it turns out they are not trash or toys that kids play with. You can use them for your purpose. Now it obviously won’t give you Kowa TSN like performance but for the price, it is what it is.

    Vanguard Optics

    Even though their scope is not on the best spotting scopes list but they deserve your attention. 

    Like Vortex and many others, they are known for the sub 500$ range. They provide some of the best quality scope for the 500$ range. While you might easily pay more than 500$ for an Endeavor HD82 but Vanguard offering them for less than 500$.

    If you are in this budget range, keep the brand in mind.

    Nikon Optics

    The Japanese based legendary DSLR camera making company that makes some of the best if not the best lens kit in the market. Nikon proved over and over again that when it comes to quality Japan means serious business.

    We have reviewed their riflescope in the past and let me tell you, they were one of the best experiences in our career. Nikon Prostaff 5 16-48X is an excellent spotting scope. 

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    Buying Guide of Best Spotting Scope

    There are some major things you should know before you opt for a spotting scope. Like a rifle scope spotting scope also has some major key components that need to be good. Some things that must make sure that the scope you are opting for has. 

    Good Brand Value

    Now, I know a lot of you guys will disagree with me but trust me on this if the brand has a good reputation for making good outdoor optics then, they will most likely have a good warranty system, no quality control issue, good body/glass/prism quality. 

    In short, you are bound to get something good from a company with a good reputation. We know that even good companies made bad products in the past even now they do too. But that does not change the fact that they provide some of the best spotting scopes in the market.

    Good Build Quality

    One of the major things of the scope is its housing. If the housing is bad and fragile it will break the whole scope. The ideal material to keep in mind while choosing a spotting scope is whether the material is any kind of metal, alloy or magnesium alloy.

    Magnesium alloy is mainly used in the top end scopes in the market because it’s costly. But any kind of alloy is good enough with coatings and air to surface glass coating to seal the inside. 

    The housing must be waterproof so that no rust related issue can happen. It should be weatherproof also to perform well under bright sun or snowfall. 

    Optics Quality

    This is the major thing in my opinion. I know prism is the main important thing inside a spotting scope but hear me out. You will be looking through the scope for hours and hours.

    You will be looking through the eyepiece and see your object in the objective lens. In that sense, if the lens quality is wacky your whole experience will be wacky and the money you put behind the scope will be wasted. 

    You should always look for fully multi-coated scopes. But they come with a price.


    Many of the top-end scope uses many advanced prism technologies to enhance your experience with the scope. Most of the top-end scope also tends to use BaK-4 glass in their prism to provide the sweetest experience. Over the years BaK-4 uses has been raising and many budget scopes also uses them. 

    You can prefer any prism that might meet your needs. In our best spotting scope reviews, we mentioned the prisms in each review be sure to check that out. 

    Magnification and Eyepiece

    Most of the modern eyepiece generally comes with 20-60x magnification which provides more range than a normal spotter, birder necessarily needs. You can also buy third-party eyepieces from different vendors of your choice.

    But for that, you need to make sure your scope supports removable eyepieces. You should choose the eyepiece that full fills your needs.


    Most of the spotting scope does not come with a reticle. But for target shooters reticle is a must to calculate windage, elevation and bullet drop.

    We mentioned the warranty part in brand value and different kinds of resistance like water, fog, etc in the build quality sector.

    We think these are the major stuff that you should always check twice before purchasing a brand-new spotting scope.

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    Best High-End Spotting Scope

    The first scope on today’s list is also the most expensive one. It is also the best one. Yes, I said it has no competitor whatsoever it sweeps the floor. Anyone who wants the best spotting scope without any compromises is the scope for you guys. Let me explain in detail why I said that.

    Kowa TSN 883 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Auto Focus No
    Close Focus Distance 21.3 ft
    Exit Pupil 4.4
    Eye Relief 17 mm
    Field of View 115 ft at 1000 Yards
    Image Stabilization No
    Length 13.5 Inches
    Magnification 20 - 60x
    Size Full Size Spotting Scopes
    Twilight Factor 41.95
    Waterproof Yes
    Weight 53.6 Oz

    Body Quality

    The housing is made out of magnesium alloy and it is super light. Anyone who sees the image of the scope at first, they will think its bulky looking so it should be heavyweight but it isn’t?

    The build quality feels well-built and robust. Kowa doesn’t use any kind of rubber coating over the scope body. That worked as an advantage of keeping the weight down.

    But this also comes with little disadvantages as there is no rubber coating so the grip is lesser. & the green color coating mashes well in the environment helping you camouflage better. 

    The mounting plate is considerably smaller than a lot of other spotting scope. It feels like Kowa did everything within their power to keep the weight down of the scope but not losing out on quality. 

    Mounting plate has one screw location which is made of brass where you insert your tripods head. You can use both 1/4- and 3/8-inch tripods. The mounting plate is attached to the scope by a collar. The collar goes right down the barrel. You can move the collar to your wish. 

    The scope also has an extendable sunshade right at the end of the barrel. Which will help to negate the shadows from direct sunlight and can help you line up objects better due to the shade having a raised sightline.


    The Kowa TSN-883 is 100% waterproof. The scope is also rated JIS Class 7. It is pretty impressive because it will prevent any kind of sudden immersion of water getting inside the scope.

    All though Kowa suggests you not to use it underwater as it’s not made for underwater spotting but the scope will handle a little water deep or rain just fine. 

    100% waterproofing means 100% dustproof. No dust is getting inside the scope.

    Kowa TSN-883 is also nitrogen purged means that no internal fogging will occur. There is no moisture inside the scope which means that no corrosion is happening inside the scope. 


    Kowa TSN-883 comes with a dual-speed focusing mechanism. Where you immediately close in on object using the large wheel then fine tune the focus using the small wheel.

    By using this mechanism, you can pinpoint at whatever you are focusing on. Also, the view is crisp and sharp. The scope is known to be useful at high magnification especially if you use Kowa scope for digiscoping. 

    The knobs are directly held on top of the body easy to handle by using any hand. also very smooth to use. 


    You can see we highly implied on the scope being a light-weight one. While the Kowa TSN-883 is by no means small, it has an 88mm objective lens which is fairly large.

    But the total scope weight is only 53.6 oz. Some might think that it is still pretty heavy but it’s considered lightweight when you compare it with other scopes that weight at nearly 80-90 oz. 

    The key reason behind the scope being lightweight is in its build quality. It’s made out of magnesium alloy which cuts down the weight by a significant margin while being durable at the same time. 

    The length of the scope is 13.5 in which is considered more than enough for scope with an 80mm or larger objective lens. Kowa used 5 lens elements in 4 groups which allowed them to shorten the length without sacrificing optical performance. 

    Objective Lenses

    Kowa TSN series uses Kowa’s very special Prominar pure fluorite crystal lenses. & The lenses use an achromatic lens which is designed to limit the effects of chromatic and spherical aberrations.

    It has 2 individual lenses; one concave lens with higher dispersion and the other with convex with lower dispersion, they are combined. 

    lenses are fully multi-coated. Which means that all air to glass surface has been coated multiple times with anti-reflective coatings which increases the light transmission to produce better images and better low-light performance. 


    Kowa uses the Schmidt-Pechan prism design. The same design is used to make BaK-4 prism and SK-15 prism. Both of which use excellent quality glass for superior optical performance.

    But with such superior performance, it has the same drawback as all the other prisms it does not provide total reflection. But this didn’t hold Kowa back.

    They used the anti-reflecting coating called C3. Kowa claims they provide 99% reflectance in the entire visible spectrum. 

    The prism glass also has a phase correction coating applied to it. 


    We recommend the TE-10Z which we used to review this unit. The eyepiece is highly impressive. This eyepiece has 10 lens elements in 6 groups. The TE-10Z eyepiece features an aspherical lens to improve and increase the field of view. 

    The eyepiece has 20-60x zoom which is plenty of magnification in our opinion. Using the eyepiece, you get 38.5m of field of view in 20x at 1000m and you get 19.3m of field of view in 60x at 1000m. Which is more than enough in our opinion.

    You also get around 17mm eye relief. Overall, we are pretty satisfied with this particular eyepiece and recommend it. 

    Image Quality

    Earlier we mentioned that the image quality is really impressive and color accurate. The images stay vibrant and crisp. 

    The anti-reflecting coating helps to brighten the image. No matter how much light your scope gathers if the light is not passing to your eyes it doesn’t matter.

    Because the Kowa TSN-883 has impressive glasses the light does pass through the scope and reaches your eyes. So you can expect excellent quality in day time and low light. 

    The scope has no color fringing whatsoever. 

    The eyepiece, however, tends to soften down the images a little bit but it’s not something major that you are going to be troubled by it. 

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    • Excellent build quality
    • Excellent lenses and prism
    • The best coating you can get on a scope

    To be honest there aren’t any cons to mention except the price. But if you want the best spotting scope without compromising anything, you have to pay the premium price to have the premium scope. 

    Like we said, in the beginning, this is hands down the best spotting scope you can buy on market for the price. You also have to keep in mind the eyepiece cost. 

    Final Verdict

    So, if you are looking for a no-compromise spotting scope that is excellent for birding, target shooting, or wildlife stuff this is the scope you should eye for. Yes, it will set you back quite a bit but it is worth it. 

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    Best Spotting Scope For Target Shooting

    Leupold is a very well-known brand in the sports optic industry. We have reviewed several Leupold rifle scope in the past. Today we are reviewing the Leupold Mark 4 scope which is a MIL-dot reticle based tactical spotting scope.

    Leupold Mark 4 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Adjustable Eyepiece No
    Close Focus Distance 75 ft
    Digiscope Adaptable Yes
    Eyepiece Included Yes
    Eye Relief 30 mm
    Exit Pupil 4.1 - 1.3 mm
    Field of View 121 - 42 ft at 1000 Yards
    Focus System Focus Ring/Single
    Glass Bak-4
    Length 15.5 Inches
    Magnification 20 - 60x
    Objective Diameter 80 mm
    Optics Coatings Unknown
    Power Variability Variable
    Viewing Configuration Straight
    Waterproof/Fogproof Yes
    Weight 62 Oz


    Leupold has one of the best housing for any riflescope/spotting scope/ binoculars you can find. They didn’t disappoint on there super expensive Mark 5 spotting scope either. 

    It is made out of aluminum no plastic and the entirely covered in durable rubber armor for positive and non-slip grip. 

    The scope is made for military-grade use so rest assured you are getting a top-notch scope. 

    The scope is 100% waterproof and also fog proof. Due to the coating of the prism and lens, you can use the scope in any weather without issues. 

    Optics Quality

    Xtended twilight lens system with diamondcoat 2, it’s like match made in heaven. 

    Leupold never cheap out when it come downs to lenses. Leupold means serious business in the scope market.

    Xtended twilight lens system means; this system optimizes transmission of low-light wavelengths, which means you see better in low-light conditions. Which is an excellent feature to have if you ask me.

    DiamondCoat 2; ion-assist lens coating which is used to transmit more light and prevent chromatic aberration.

    The coating does exactly what it says. Due to having more light transmission, it produces far brighter, sharper and clear images.


    BAK-4 prism is one of the best prism that modern-day spotting scope uses. The prism has air-to-surface glass coating which provides more light transmission resulting in better images. 

    Eyepiece and Reticle

    The included eyepiece is 20-60x magnification. And we said it, in the beginning, the scope has a MIL-dot based reticle. You can also find the scope in TMR reticle. 

    As the scope is made for military-grade usage with MIL-dot reticle the scope delivers what it claims to do. It provides excellent accuracy alongside with your MIL-dot based riflescope.

    If you want a reticle base spotting scope in our honest opinion this one is the best for you. The scope is extremely accurate when you sync it with your MIL-dot based riflescope.

    The 80mm objective lens provides an excellent field of view. The scope feels like the sweet spot for spotters who wants a reticle-based spotting scope for target shooting. 

    The magnification experience was also nice. No major distortion or whatsoever. 


    You can digiscope with the Leupold Mark 4 but unfortunately, they don’t provide a mount in the box. You have to buy it separately. 

    Although the reticle might play as an issue in digiscoping.  


    • Excellent optics quality.
    • Excellent magnification.
    • The MIL-dot reticle is extremely accurate.
    • The magnification experience was solid.
    • Excellent Leupold warranty.


    • Quite pricey.

    Final Verdict

    The Leupold Mark 4 20-60x80mm Tactical spotting scope is an excellent scope without any doubt. 

    We do recommend it if you want a reticle-based spotting scope. It is one of the best spotting scope out in the market. 

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    Best Spotting Scope For The Money

    Vortex Razor HD series has 4 scopes. The razor HD 27-60X85 itself has 2 different versions. The one we are reviewing today is the angled version it has a straight version with the same specifications and same price.

    Which one you should buy will end up in your preference whether you prefer the straight spotting scope or the angled one? 

    Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Angular FIeld of View 2.2 - 1.3 Degrees
    Eye Relief 16.7 - 17 mm
    Length 15.5 Inches
    Linear Field of View 117 - 68 ft at 1000 Yards
    Magnification 27 - 60x
    Objective Lens DIameter 85 mm
    Close Focus 16.4 ft
    Weight 65.6 Oz

    Build Quality

    The build quality is as expected top-notch. The razor HD use ArmorTek technology to coat the exterior and making it ultra-hard, unscratchable, oil and dirt proof. We were pretty impressed with the build quality.

    We had previous experience of reviewing Vortex products you can find those on our site. Vortex always holds a high place in terms of durability and providing good value for money. The scope is rubber-coated, unlike its predecessor. This also improves its scratch resistibility.

    The scope is a little on the heavier side weight at 65.6oz. The main barrel has an extended built-in sunshade which helps to negate glaring issues and hindering your view.

    The mounting plate is also strong and is a collar system so you can move it around. The collar is located right below the focus ring. 

    Optics Quality

    As we mentioned earlier Vortex is known for providing good value for money products. They didn’t disappoint with the razor HD spotting scope either.

    The optics are multi-coated to provide the best service possible. The scope is coated multiple times with anti-reflective coating on all air to glass surface.

    This ensures you get the best light transmission to get more clear and vivid images it also improves low light vision. 

    Eyepiece and Focus

    The Razor HD series uses a new eyepiece for their scopes. I will argue they are way better than the previous generation. Instead of the classic 20-60X zoom, the new eyepiece offers a more improved 27-60X zoom. Of course, the eyepiece is changeable.

    The eyepiece is locked well but you can change it for another eyepiece of your choice. But the eyepiece it comes with is pretty good. 

    The focus wheel is built into the body directly. You can access it and use it using any of your hands. It is located right below the eyepiece and before the mounting bracket collar. 

    The focus ring was really easy to operate and have to admit it focused well. 

    This might come to surprise to some people but yes Vortex implemented close focus in the Razor HD series. You can take close shots of smaller animals or bugs for example. We liked this feature.


    Well, of course, the scope is waterproof. The scope is also fog proof the coating inside the scope makes sure no moisture gets in and destroys the scope from inside.

    Waterproof also means that the scope is dustproof so rest assured you are not getting any corrosion-related issue.

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    • Excellent pricing (including eyepiece)
    • Excellent glass and lens quality
    • Quality coating on both body and lens and inside the scope
    • Wide-angle lens.


    • No reticle whatsoever.

    Final Verdict

    To sum up this review we will like to say there are 4 versions of the scope, unfortunately, we didn’t have the luck of testing all of them.

    But if you ask our opinion and based on other reviews even the cheapest Razor HD is built well and offers a lot for its price. We can assure you that your investment won’t go to waste if you buy the Vortex Razor HD 27-60X85.

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    Best Spotting Scope Under 1000​

    Pentax PF-80ED-A has quite a bit of reputation in the spotting scope industry for providing good eyepieces for low price. While some would argue that they provide the best eyepiece for the price we would like to investigate that ourselves. Let’s find out whether it’s true or not.

    Pentax PF 80ED Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Aperture 80 mm
    Adjustable Eyepieces Yes
    Close FOcus Distance 19 ft
    Digiscope Adptable Yes
    Exit Pupil 4 mm at 20x
    Eye Relief 18 mm at 20x
    Field of View 108 - 56 ft at 1000 Yards
    Focus System Single/Center
    Lengh 16.3 Inches
    Magnification 20 -60x
    Objective Diameter 80 mm
    Optics Coatings Fully Multi-Coatd
    Power Variability Variable
    Viewing Configuration Angled
    Waterproof/Fogproof Yes
    Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty
    Weight 56.4 Oz

    Build Quality

    In targetchaser, we don’t compromise in build quality. It has to be good to make it in a review and today’s review is a mega review of Top 10 best spotting scopes that means the scope has to have good build quality. 

    Pentax PF-80ED-A has a good build quality. 

    Pentax PF-80ED-A is made of magnesium alloy and weights at 56.4oz.

    The scope body also has rubber armor all over it which ensures extra durability and scratch resistance. 

    The thing that surprised me the most is that even though the scope has rubber armor coating over it is still only 56.4 oz. In case you are wondering it is pretty lightweight compared to lots of other scopes. 

    Overall the build quality is really good.

    Optics Quality

    This is the main thing of a spotting scope. If the scope does not have any good optic what’s the point of buying it? 

    With minimal digging, you can find that Pentax builds world-class eyepieces. 

    Pentax PF-80ED-A uses extra-low dispersion to provide sharp and clear images. The scope also has a pretty large objective lens. The 80mm objective lens gives a huge amount of viewable area. 

    The optic lenses are fully multi-coated you won’t be seeing any glaring or CA (chromatic aberration) anytime soon.


    Well till now we are saying that Pentax is known for their eyepieces which is true. But the thing is that you need to buy the eyepiece separately. You can buy other eyepieces if you want. We went with the Pentax 20-60x eyepiece for Pentax PF-80ED-A. 

    The eyepiece is an excellent one. It is clear the lenses are good; the color and light transmit well through the lens. The experience was nice. 

    Yes, you can do digiscoping with this if you want. 


    The scope only has a single focus knob right below where eyepieces are locked. The knob didn’t feel like it will come off with just a little bit of force. It felt like it was held in the place quite strongly. 

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    • Interchangeable eyepieces.
    • Good build quality and lightweight.
    • Waterproof, fog proof.


    • Only a single focus mode available.
    • Have to buy eyepiece separately.

    Final Verdict

    The Pentax PF-80ED-A also has a straight version if you don’t like the angled version feel free to opt for that. 

    Overall the scope gave us a pretty satisfying experience to use. If you have no issue buying an eyepiece separately you can buy the Pantex PF-80ED-A without having a concern about anything. 

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    Best Spotting Scope For Hunting

    Celestron Regal M2 100ED Spotting Scope

    Topic Value Tags
    Angular Fied Of View 1.9 - .9 Degree Included Eyepiece
    Camera Adaptable Yes
    Carrying Case Yes
    Close Focus 26.2 ft at 22x Included Eyepiece
    Dimensions (489 x 121 x 121) mm Included Eyepiece
    Environmental Protection Waterproof
    Exit Pupil 4.5 - 1.5 mm Included Eyepiece
    Eyepieces 8 - 24 mm
    Eye Relief 20 mm at 22x Included Eyepiece
    Focal Length 540 mm
    Lens Coating XLT (Fully Multi-Coated)
    Linear Field of View 100 - 47 ft at 1000 Yards Included Eyepiece
    Magnification 22 - 67x
    Nitrogen Field Yes
    Objective Lens Diameter 100 mm
    Prism Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
    Prism Glass Type Bak-4
    Relative Brightness 20.2 - 2.2 Included Eyepiece
    Twilight Factor 46.9 - 81.9 Included Eyepiece
    Tripod Adaptable Yes
    Weight 73.5 Oz Included Eyepiece

    Build Quality

    The Regal M2 100ED is made of magnesium alloy which is light but durable at the same time. It’s nice to see Celestron didn’t cheap out on the body considering the price point. 

    The Regal M2 100ED felt well built like the top end scope that also uses magnesium alloy as material. 

    We are pretty sure you won’t be breaking it anytime soon. Also, the scope is waterproof so you don’t need to worry about corrosion.

    The mounting plate is a rotatable collar system. You can mount the scope on your tripod at any angle you wish to.

    Optics Lenses

    The optic on Regal M2 100ED is impressive. Fully multi-coated lenses help to transmit more light resulting in sharp and color-accurate images. 

    The lenses are XLT coated.

    The objective lens has an extra-low dispersion coating to it. Thanks to this you don’t need to worry about chromatic aberration. It also helps to produce better quality images.

    Focus and Eyepiece

    Celestron Regal M2 100ED has dual focus control. 

    With course focus, you can immediately focus on an object and with fine focus, you can fine tune your focus and pinpoint your target.

    Dual focus control might take a little bit of getting used to but according to many users and other reviewers, most of them prefer dual focus control instead of single-center one. 

    The benefit is that you can exactly pinpoint the part you want to focus on. Where in the single-center focus it will always focus on the part that’s in the center of your focus. 

    The eyepiece has 22-67x zoom and the objective lens of Regal M2 100ED is 100mm. That’s huge a lot more than you usually need. But a larger objective lens means more viewable area. You get 100-47 feet of viewable area at 1000yards. 

    The Celestron Regal M2 100ED also has a close focus. You can take close-range pictures as well with it without issue. 


    The prism inside the Regal M2 100ED is BaK-4 type. It is the same type of architecture that the high-end scopes tend to use. 

    The prism is fully multi-coated from surface to glass. According to Celestron, it is coated with anti-reflective coating which allows a lot of light to transmit through thus providing great quality pictures even in low light. 

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    • Excellent lens and prism
    • Great build quality
    • Extended sunshade
    • Rotatable mounting plate


    • Heavy

    Final Verdict

    The Celestron Regal M2 100ED is a well-rounded scope. If you are on this budget range, we recommend this scope.

    From now on all the scopes are below 500$. So, this review will also work as the best spotting scope under 500$. If you have a budget below 500$ then keep on reading. 

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    Best Spotting Scope Under 500

    We all know about Bushnell an American based sporting scopes and outdoor product manufacturing company. We have reviewed many of their riflescope in the past. Bushnell holds a record of providing good products for low prices. 

    The Bushnell legend ultra HD 20-60×80 is no exception. Priced under 500$ the scope doesn’t sound that bad.

    Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60x80 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Adjustable Eyepieces No
    Close Focus DIstance 35 ft
    Eyepiece Included Yes
    Eye Relief 18 mm
    Exit Pupil 4 - 1.3 mm
    Field of View 110 - 51 ft at 1000 Yards
    Focus System Focus Knob/Dual Focus
    Glass Bak-4
    Length 16.5 Inches
    Magnification 20 - 60x
    Power Variability Variable
    Objective Diameter 80 mm
    Optics Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
    Weight 80.8 Ounces
    Waterproof/Fogproof Yes

    Now that we got the Specification Chart out of the way.

    Body Quality

    The body quality is nothing impressive it is what you expect from a sub 500$ spotter. Made out of aluminum, not magnesium alloy. The body also has a rubber armor coating. That explains why the scope is so heavy. 

    It weights at 80.8oz. That’s pretty heavy for a spotting scope. 

    Optics and Prism

    This is where Bushnell legend ultra HD 20-60×80 shines. Extra-low dispersion glass, fully multi-coated lens. 

    Extra-low dispersion technology makes sure that you get the clearest, brightest and sharpest image. 

    ED glass lowers the light loss. While keeping the spectrum of light waves meeting at the same focal point to reduce light dispersion. 

    If the scope manages to pull this off then you won’t face any chromatic aberrations (CA). The objective lens of the scope is 80mm. That is pretty big and provides an excellent field of view.

    To sum it up it is a technology that most of the high-end scope use for clear, sharp and brighter images. 

    Bushnell legend ultra HD 20-60×80 uses a prism called PORRO and the glass is BaK-4. The same BaK-4 glass is also used in the high-end spotting scope. 

    Lens Coating and Focus

    The lenses are fully multi-coated. The whole optics of the scope is coated multiple times with anti-reflecting coating. All air to glass surface coating. Pretty impressive for a sub 500$ scope if you ask me. 

    The lenses felt so good to look through them. While testing we didn’t think for a second it was a 500$ scope. Anyone might think at first glance that the scope costs over 1000$. 

    No, we are not boasting the lens quality and image quality was that much good. 

    Bushnell also uses a technology called RainGuard HD. Which prevents the lenses from water damage and stops water from getting inside of the scope. 

    The focus is impressive as well. It has a dual focus controller. So, you can quickly cast and focus on an object then fine tune the focus. 

    The thing that impressed us during the test most is the fact that how smooth the zoom transition was and how low distortion the images had after focusing and zooming to max 60x. 


    • Excellent optics.
    • Reasonable price.
    • Dual focus control.
    • All-weather and shockproof.
    • Excellent Bushnell warranty.


    • Seriously heavy.
    • No reticle.
    • Fixed angle eyepiece
    • No digiscoping.

    Final Verdict

    If you are a birder and don’t mind the extra weight of the spotting scope then this can be the scope for you. It’s cheap has excellent image quality comes with a protective bag and Bushnell has an excellent warranty service.

    If you don’t want much hassle and don’t want to spend a lot Bushnell legend ultra HD 20-60x80mm is the best spotting scope for you. 

    Next Part

    Best Spotting Scope For Digiscoping

    Let’s be real we all were impressed by the Celestron Regal so why not another one from Celestron.

    Celestron 52252 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Angular Field of View 1.8 - 1.0 Degree
    Camera Adaptable Yes
    Carrying Case Yes
    Close Focus 33 ft at 10m
    Dimensions 540mm x 110mm x 180mm
    Environmental Protection Waterproof
    Exit Pupil 4.5 - 1.5 mm
    Eyepieces 8 - 24 mm
    Eye Relief 18 mm
    Focal Length 540 mm
    Lens Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
    Linear Field of View at 1000 Yards 94 ft at 22x / 52 ft at 66x
    Magnification 22 - 66x
    Nitrogen Filled Yes
    Objective Lens Diameter 100 mm
    Prism Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
    Prism Glass Type Bak-4
    Relative Brightness 19.7 - 2.2
    Twilight Factor 82.1 - 47.4
    Tripod Adaptable Yes
    Weight 72 Oz

    Body Quality

    The Celestron 52252 has quite a nice build for the price. It is not lightweight. Build is quite balanced with no edge whatsoever. The aluminum tube is waterproof. 

    While the build quality has no cutting-edge technology but the scope does come in both straight and angled lens. 

    Optics Quality

    For a sub 300$ the optics are impressive. Now we know this can’t even come close to Kowa TSN series. But you have to consider the price in mind. For 300$ you are getting fully multi-coated optics. FMC prism coating and BaK-4 glass. 

    The Celestron 52252 ultima 100 has a 100mm objective lens which gives you 94 ft (28.6 m) field of view at 22x and 52 ft (15.8 m) at 66x.

    That’s a lot higher than any 80mm spotting scope near this budget. 


    The Celestron 52252 has close focus; which is (33 ft (10 m). That can be a deal-breaker for a lot of people who do digiscoping. While it’s not meant for a macro shot, we won’t say you can take the macro shot either.

    But you can take some pretty close-range photos. 


    • Good price.
    • Good lens quality.
    • Pretty bright and good for low-light scenarios.


    • A little bit heavy.

    Final Verdict

    For a sub 300$ the Celestron 52252 100mm ultima can be considered as a beast and can be recommended to new spotters or spotters in budget.

    Don’t let the color coating fool you the build quality is pretty solid for the price. If you order from the link, we provided you will receive a universal smartphone adapter. Also, the scope has a straight version too. So, if you prefer straight version over angled you can opt for that.

    Next Part

    Best Spotting Scope Under 300​

    Bushnell is a well-respected outdoor sports optics making company. We already reviewed Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60×80 in this top 10 best spotting scope reviews. This is the 2nd product from Bushnell on our list.

    Bushnell Trophy XLT 20-60x65 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Adjustable Eyepieces No
    Close FOcus Distance 32.8 ft
    Eyepiece Included Yes
    Eye Relief 18.3 mm
    Exit Pupil 3.25 - 1.1 mm
    Field of View 110 - 55 ft at 1000 Yards
    Focus System Focus Knob/Single Focus
    Glass Bak-4
    Length 13.4 Inches
    Magnification 20 - 60x
    Optics Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
    Objective Diameter 65 mm
    Power Variability Variable
    Waterproof/Fogproof Yes
    Weight 42.3 Ounces

    Body Quality

    The rugged rubbered armor housing is 100% waterproof. While the quality of the material might concern some. To us, the rubber armor didn’t feel like it’s bad. On the contrary, I would argue that it has one of the best-rugged body under 300$. 

    Optics Quality

    The Bushnell Trophy XLT 20-60×65 mm has a Porro prism and fully multi-coated optics. Іt hаѕ bеttеr орtісаl соаtіngѕ thаn thе Вuѕhnеll Ѕеntrу wіth fullу multі-соаtеd lеnѕ.

    The coating has been done to air to the glass surface. Which means that you will get the maximum amount of light transmission. It’ѕ has lаrgеѕt ехіt рuріl ѕіzе іѕ 3.25 mm.

    Those specifications mean that you are going to get a clear and bright image for several hundred yards.

    Rеѕоlutіоn, соntrаѕt, аnd сlаrіtу gonna get worse аt 60Х роwеr, but thаt’ѕ јuѕt whаt’ѕ ехресtеd wіth mоѕt ѕроttіng ѕсореѕ unlеѕѕ уоu’rе рауіng оvеr $1000 fоr оnе. Ѕо, dоn’t hоld thіѕ аѕресt аgаіnѕt іt.


    Тhе Роrrо рrіѕm dеѕіgn specializes in providing maximum light reflection internally. Тhе орtісаl раth usually takes larger room and size to build compared to roof prism assembly. That is because the optical path is a Z-like pattern.

    The internal reflections mean less light loss and it requires less coating thus making the process and the scope cheaper.


    • Price
    • Good quality optics.
    • Weatherproof.
    • Lots of accessories included.


    • Included tripod is a bad one.
    • There are some reviews about having a quality control issue.

    Final Verdict

    For the price, the Bushnell Trophy XLT spotting scope provides a lot of value. The scope is pretty well-balanced. It’s lightweight, a good amount of magnification, decent focus, and good prism.

    Overall it is a pretty well-balanced sub 300$ spotting scope that comes with lots of accessories. 

    Without wasting time lets move on and start our Gosky 20-60×80 spotting scope reviews.

    Next Part

    Best Spotting Scope Under 200

    Gosky is an American based outdoor sports optics manufacturing company. In recent years they got into the limelight plenty of time. Most of the praises heard from reviewers is because they make relatively cheap scopes. 

    Gosky Porro Prism 20-60x80 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Close Focus Distance 18 ft
    Exit Pupil 4 mm at 20x / 1.33 mm at 60x
    Eyepiece Diameter 20 mm
    Eye Relief 17 - 13.5 mm
    Field of View 115.2 - 57.6 ft at 1000 Yards
    Focusing Method Central Focus
    Living Waterproof/Fogproof Nitrogen Filled
    Magnification 20 - 60x
    Objective Lens Diameter 80 mm
    Optical Coating Fully Multi-Coated
    Prism Bak-4
    Size 450 mm x 170mm x 110 mm
    Weight 1230 gm

    Build Quality

    Made out of magnalium the whole scope is pretty light compared to lots of other spotting scope. In case you are wondering magnalium is 5% magnesium and 95% alloy. That answers your question of why the scope is so light. 

    Rest assured magnalium is by no means a bad material. The scope also has a rubber armor all over the tube. 

    Optics Quality

    Fully multi-coated optics to provide better light transmission. The objective lens is 80mm and its fully multi-coated green film lens. The scope is waterproof that means no water is going through any of the lenses.

    The eyepiece diameter is 20mm and the exit pupil at 60x is 1.3mm. Gosky is the best spotting scope for 1000 yards with 115.2.-57.6ft field of view.

    Prism and Focus

    Like the previous scope on our list the Gosky 20-60×80 also features a Porro prism. We already mentioned the advantages of having a Porro prism in the Bushnell Trophy XLT 20-60×65.

    To sum it up Porro prism is a cheap prism that provides excellent picture quality. Due to the mechanics, it follows internal light loss is minimal and the making cost is also cheap. Thus a lot of cheap scope tends to feature this prism.

    Now, by no means it’s a bad prism. It’s an excellent prism. 

    The Gosky 20-60×80 is a center focused scope. The scope also features a close focus whose range is 18/6ft. While maxing out the zoom going to diminish the image quality, which will happen to any sub 1000$ scope. This is no reason to hate on the scope.


    The scope comes with a tripod and digiscope adapter. This is the best spotting scope for birding; who is looking for an affordable scope to digiscope for make his/her experience better.

    The image quality was pretty respectable unless you crank it up to 60x. 


    • Price
    • Bk-7 prism which provides clear and brighter pictures.
    • Good for budget digiscoping.


    • The included metal tripod is straight up horrible.

    Final Verdict

    Gosky 20-60×80 has a lot to offer for the budget birders out there. But we highly recommend unless you are on a strict budget, ditch the tripod. The included tripod is just horrible. 

    Overall this is a best budget scope for digiscopers and casual birders. 

    Next Part

    Best Spotting Scope Under 100​

    We have reviewed quite a bit of Barska rifle scopes on our site already. You can check them out to get a better understanding of Barska as a brand.

    If you are too lazy to do so let me tell you, they are one of the best brand that provides sub 100$ scope which are not pure trash. 

    Barska 20-60×60 is also a sub 100$ scope. Now whether it is trash or not let’s find that out. 

    Barska 20-60x60 Spotting Scope

    Topic Value
    Close Focus 23 ft
    Exit Pupil 3 mm at 20x / 1mm at 60x
    Eyepiece System Straight
    Eye Relief 18 mm at 20x / 15 mm at 60x
    Field of View at 1000 Yards 91 ft at 20x / 45 ft 60x
    Finish Green
    Fogproof Yes (Nitrogen CO2)
    Length 14.86 Inches
    Magnification 20 - 60x
    Optical Lens 60 mm
    Optical Coating Multi-Coated
    Prism Type BK-7
    Product Weight 2.86 IBS
    Tripod Adapter Yes
    Waterproof Yes
    Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty

    To be honest the specifications chart surprised me quite a bit. I wasn’t expecting a nitrogen-purged multi-coated spotter for 90$. 

    Body Quality

    Shockproof and waterproof rugged rubber armor body. It doesn’t sound bad at all. Just to be clear I wasn’t expecting a magnesium alloy body for sub 100$ scope. But a water and shockproof body with rubber armor coating is always welcomed.

    The body quality is nothing impressive as you might have expected. Some might even say it’s quite cheaply build. Well, you are not wrong the scope is the cheapest on today’s list. 

    To sum it up nothing fabulous but not trash either. 

    Optics Quality

    To be honest with you guys I was hoping Barska would uphold their reputation of providing good glasses for the price. But Barska did provide multi-coated optics.

    The objective lens is fully coated multiple times. The images were respectably bright and sharp in day time. But as expected it wasn’t meant for night time usage.

    I am not disappointed about that. I wasn’t hoping it would perform like Celestron C5 at night time. 

    To sum it up, the optics are totally fine and usable. 


    The BK-7 is used for common crown glass, borosilicate. You might prefer BaK-4 we get it BaK-4 is like goat tier. But for budget BK-7 is just fine. 

    While they come with quite a bit of a disadvantage. The common one is they tend to lose light more often and bubble count is high.

    The finishing and processing of the glasses might not be supervised as well as high-end glasses. Which might end up in resulting some unwanted grey caps in the edge of the field of view while glassing. 


    The eyepiece of the scope is straight and does not come in angled. The magnification of the scope is 20x to 60x. The objective lens is 60mm with field of view [email protected] and [email protected] Which is respectable.

    The scope does feature a close focus of 18mm at 20x and 15mm at 60x. While the 60x focus and zoom might not feel that good which is expected. 

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    • Super cheap.
    • Decent build quality.
    • Good lens quality for the price.
    • It comes with a Barska lifetime warranty.


    • Eye relief is pretty short.

    Final Verdict

    Final thoughts on the scope is, it’s not a terrible scope. In fact, it provides a good value for the price and comes with lots of accessories. If you strictly can’t cross the 100$ budget this is the scope to get.

    If you have more to spare you might want to grab any of the others we mentioned here today.


    Ladies and gentlemen that was a wild ride. I know it is a long read but trust me, folks, it’s worth it. We hope you appreciate our effort in providing such large content for you guys. And we also hope we were able to help you decide the best spotting scope. We tried our best to give each of the spotting scope reviews of their own. With that said ladies and gentlemen we end our review here.

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