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Spotting Scopes of Note

Bushnell Legend Ultra-HD 12-36x50

Mid-priced Scopes Round-up, 2009

by Michael and Diane Porter

Bushnell Legend 50mm

In 2009 Bushnell introduced their new Legend Ultra-HD scopes, which improve upon and replace the previous Bushnell Legend scopes. For this test Bushnell sent us pre-production samples of both the 50mm and 80mm scopes.

The 50mm is a sturdy, thickly armored little scope. It has the widest field of view of all the scopes in the test, two focus knobs with a nice light feel, and 19mm of eye relief. Resolution was not bad, but not so good as the Nikon or Leupold. The Legend Ultra-HDs have fluorite glass ("ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion") which helps keep chromatic aberration to a minimum and boosts resolution.

The Legend Ultra-HDs feature Bushnell's Rainguard(TM) HD water-repellent lens coating. Applied to the exterior of the objective lens and eyepiece, the Rainguard coating makes raindrops bead up into small, tight droplets, reducing light scatter and improving clarity and brightness.

The 12-36x zoom eyepiece comes with the scope and is not interchangeable. It has a smooth twist-up eyecup. The scope turns to the side by means of a rotating tripod mounting ring. The 50mm scope includes a compact tripod and a soft case with molded insert. It's also available in a straight-through model, for about $20 less. The warranty covers manufacturer's defects only and is not transferable.

30x resolution score: 3.2; Overall score: 3.41

Copyright 2009 by Michael and Diane Porter.





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