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Seems like most of the people on this forum are looking at pretty high-end scopes, but for those looking at the other end of the spectrum, I offer this review of the Barska 25-125x88 Benchmark.  This scope only cost me $150.  No tax.  No shipping.  Considering the cost, I'd say it is an outstanding value.  It is compact, light, and surprisingly sharp (I have a Bushnell Legend 20-60x80 that is much bigger and heavier).  It is also waterproof and fogproof.  A good scope for taking on the hunt.  If you drop it, you don't have to sell your SUV to get a new one.

But it does have a fault.  It is focussed by turning the whole front of the scope, like manual focus on an SLR camera.  I think this is a foolproof design, and has merit, but it is hard to keep the image steady while focussing.  It's kind of a matter of turning it a bit, checking the results, then turning some more, checking the results, etc.
There is also something funny about this scope.  First, it doesn't seem to be as powerful as it's supposed to be.  It's 125x seems more like 75x (or less) and then it's 88mm objective lens doesn't look any bigger than the 80mm on my Bushnell.  I think Barska is using some kind of new math. 
But the bottom line is you get a pretty decent scope for dirt cheap. 
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Originally posted by River Runner River Runner wrote:

I think Barska is using some kind of new math.

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