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Spotting Scopes of Note

Bushnell Legend Ultra-HD 20-60x80

Mid-priced Scopes Round-up, 2009

by Michael and Diane Porter

Bushnell Legend 80mm

This is the full-sized version of the 50mm Bushnell Legend Ultra-HD described in the sub-compact section above, but the 80mm is available only with the angled eyepiece. It took second place in resolution in the full-sized category.

Some testers complained that the fine-focus knob didn't offer enough resistance. However, this is a pre-production sample, and some changes may be made by the time the product ships. Generally a dual focus knob helps makes focusing both fast and accurate, but it seems to be something manufacturers have to work hard at to get right.

The zoom eyepiece is big — easy to grab and change the magnification. The scope rotates in its tripod mount ring. The 20-60x zoom eyepiece comes with the scope and is not interchangeable. A soft case is included. The Legend Ultra-HDs feature Bushnell's Rainguard HD water-repellent lens coating.

Bushnell products carry a limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturer's defects, but the warranty is good only for the original owner. It does not cover damages caused by misuse, improper handling, installation, or maintenance provided by someone other than a Bushnell Authorized Service Department.

30x resolution score: 3.7; 60x resolution score: 2.9; Overall score: 3.64

Copyright 2009 by Michael and Diane Porter.





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