I’m nearly blind without the help of corrective spectacles. I’ve been that way my entire life, and consider myself interested in optics more than your average American. I was never any good at shooting open sights as a kid, so I needed a scope to be on the same level as the other young boppers. Something about bringing far away objects within arm’s reach really appeals to me.
As such, it was quite a pleasure to pick up a big brown box filled with brand spanking new optics at the UPS depot. Konus Optical was kind enough to send me two spotting scopes and a riflescope for test and evaluation. I’ll admit that I was being a bit selfish when I asked for the spotting scopes. I was originally just supposed to test their riflescope. However, I’ve been making a few more trips to the long range lately, and hunting season’s coming up fast. A high quality spotting scope could make both a bit more pleasurable.
This particular review will focus on the KonusSpot 20-60X x 70 mm spotting scope. You’ll see a review for the 70’s older brother here soon, so stay tuned.
Fit and Finish
I found the 70 to be of very high quality. It has a semi-rubber coating that seems to fend off scrapes and dings. It does seem to attract dirt and dust, but a quick spray of Pledge and a clean rag can make that go away in a blink.
The scope has only two moving parts; the zoom for the eyepiece and the focus dial. I found the focus dial to be a bit awkward; it’s hard to manipulate with any sort of precision unless you can rest your elbow on something. On a large tripod, the 70 seems to be fairly well balanced.
On a small tripod like the one included, the big unit is a tad front-heavy. Be sure you stabilize the scope over a single leg lest you lose your brand new piece of glass over the front of your shooting bench. A big plus: the scope sports a nifty integrated sun shade that slides back and forth. No more parts to lose? Sign me up!
I have taken the 70 with me on my last five or so trips to my indoor range with great results. On 60X, I have no problem picking out .22 sized holes at 100 yards. My range is particularly chintzy on lighting, so the 70 came in mighty handy.
Outdoors in full sunlight, this scope is a dream to use. Excellent clarity and focus from 10 yards and out to thousands. The 70 is quite enough scope for 1000-yard competitions, though, unless your targets happen to resemble animals and be made of steel. Picking out bullet holes at that range would be mighty tough.
Even with the sunshade, the 70 is quite susceptible to heat mirage. On a cold day, you could call shots at 1000 yards as long as there was a nice puff of dust or some other indicator.
Konus certainly doesn’t skimp when it came to goodies in the box. Your new scope comes with a fuzzy lined bag with fashionable strap, compact tripod, lens cleaning cloth, and camera adapter.
I didn’t get a chance to test the camera adapter other than to install it to check that it does indeed mate to the scope body. Once you have procured a T adapter for your particular camera, you can create what I imagine to be a very solid telephoto platform.
The compact tripod is a nice addition and works well for tabletop applications. It is not of high quality, but it gets the job done and I’ve had no issues in all my range trips with it.
Moving and Grooving
Having a “thing” that lets you see out to 1000 yards that you can sling over your shoulder and carry around all day is pretty great. If I were to go traipsing into the woods for some sort of weekend hunt, I would take the 70 without a second thought. Here’s what the 70 looks like in the paws of your friendly TTAG caveman.
This has been a great scope to have in my arsenal. I’ve found myself “spotting” more and more because I have access to such a powerful, mobile optic. I think there are probably higher quality optics out there (better glass, better balance, etc.), but I would feel like I got my money’s worth if I were to purchase the 70.
Specifications: KonusSpot 20 – 60X x 70 mm Spotting Scope