Barr & Stroud Sahara 20-60x80 Spotting Scope
Intended for the outdoor enthusiast and bird watcher on a budget, the new Barr & Stroud Sahara 20-60x80 Spotting Scope is possibly the best value in the market today. With optical performance equal to, or better than any competitor's product line, the Barr & Stroud Sahara is waterproof and features rugged armoured construction for years of performance.
The Barr & Stroud Sahara 20-60x80 Spotting Scope features Bak-4 prism and a multi coated, precision ground lens to provide optical performance that is equal to, or better than anything in its class. It is manufactured from lightweight polycarbonate which reduces overall weight and makes it extremely rugged and durable. A rugged rubber armour covering quiets down bumps and protects your Sahara spotting scope from abrasions and damage from regular use.
The Barr & Stroud Sahara 20-60x80 spotting scopes are waterproof, fog proof and nitrogen purged to ensure many years of performance. They feature a sliding sunshade that is built-in to the objective lens of the scope to further reduce glare. All Sahara spotting scopes come with rugged stay on cases.
There are a few compromises or limitations at this budget price point but the advantages are real strengths. At the lower magnifications approximately from 20 to 30, image sharpness and brightness are excellent, very good for the money. Sharpness starts to drop approximately beyond 30 magnification, but still remains respectable in the 30 to 40 range. As best as can be judged, approximately between the magnifications of 40 to 50 you pay the price of compromise for a relatively low priced product, and sharpness notably drops becoming fair. Image sharpness is not good in the 50 to 60 magnification range, but is certainly worth having. Another real strength is that the image remains surprisingly bright at sunset when the light has seriously faded. As the magnification increases into the higher ranges image brightness does decline, but not dramatically and in an acceptable way. The scope also has an excellent and well-made protective stay-on case that doesn't have to be removed to use the scope, giving it further protection. It fits like a glove, is a pleasure to use and can be easily removed or put back on. The scope is also waterproof so you can have peace of mind in wet weather and it is easy to fit a standard tripod mount. In summary, although there are limitations in the higher magnification ranges, for the price this is understandable and this shouldn't distract from the excellent qualities. For beginner bird watchers on a very tight budget, this is an excellent scope to get started with.
- Magnification: 20-60x
- Objective Lens Diameter: 80mm
- Exit Pupil: 4
- Twilight Factor: 40
- Size: Full Size Spotting Scopes
- Weight: 47.97ozs (1360g)
- Prism Type: Roof Prism
- Close Focus Distance: 8.0 ft
- Waterproof: Yes
- Image Stabilization: No
- Auto Focus: No