I'm a simple guy...definitely not in the complicated 1st focal/2nd focal plane kinda guy...I am reasonably intelligent and can follow along, but sometimes not so sure that all the "glee" over this one or that one is a whole lot of difference. Sometimes wonder how a Chinese made scope can get a better review than an American made Burris, etc...it's a shame they don't have a computer that calibrates how much low light, crispness, etc...that each scope has. From what I've read, that changes from eye to eye, however, in the grand scheme of things...I would like to see how they rank before I look through them. I know that after reading all the posts on the Team Primos, I went out and looked through one, liked it and bought it...but today, I would rather sell it and buy a Zeiss Conquest and a Burris Signature Select 3-12x44 (one to replace on the Savage and another for an Icon for my son). In hindsight, I was $150 away from a lot better glass in low light...daylight, it is crisp and clear, but is also short tubed and is not welcome on my Savage after this season.
If I could do a list, I would look at breaking it down like this:
Absolute best all around for hunting (paper punchers tend to be in the 6-20 mag range while most hunters are in the 2-3x40 area); best value for your $.
Up to $100 - low light gathering...clarity...bright light crispness...glare...reticle...durability
$100 - $200
$200 - $300
$300 - $400
$400 - $500
so forth and so on.
I do believe once you get to the $1200 range, it gets magical, night appears as if it were daylight...however, I've never looked through one and unless I win the lottery, don't think I ever will (don't want to know what I'm missing).