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A few month ago I bought Bushnell 15-45x60 Legend Ultra HD Spotting Scope straight body. While I love the style, control and compactness, but disappointed with its optic quality. I did read off a lot reviews all over the net before made the purchase. I also borrowed a Nikon Prostaff 16-48x60 at same time for comparison.

 

I mounted scopes one at time on bogen tripod with quick release ball head. I was using these for medium format camera back in school days. Glassing from my backyard at: 1, green street name sign @ little more than 300 yard cross the road. 2, tip of a tall pine tree against blue sky about 150 yard. 3, my neighbor's  bird house about 50 yard.

 

Looking at bird house, both Bushnell and Nikon are very sharp. Of cause  it is only at 50 yard. Objects appear very 3D with bushnell, image color toward to warm side. Nikon's seemed a hair flatter, little brighter with more neutral color. Eye relief about the same at 15-16x, while Nikon was little easier to my eye.

 

Then I moved to the pine tree top against blue sky. This where Bushnell had the hardest time. I could see pine needles with both scope, but more identifiable, and outlines in shadow is also more pop out with in Nikon. Green appeared little weak with Nikon, but sure was better than Bushnell's brownish color. I don't how is HD glass helps Bushnell's image, Oh my God, sand storm is coming. That's how sky appears in Bushnell, yellowish, dull. Nikon is not without fault either, there was noticeable purple fringing against sky. Bushnell was little more prone to shake than Prostaff at higher power.

 

Next is the street sign against woody backdrop. At mid day both can see the lettering so clear just scramming at my eye. Again Bushnell is more 3D like. I could see two nail heads on that sign pole with both scopes. I could guess the pole is made of treated wood with Nikon, but not with the other. 10 mins before last day light, I lost the two nail head with Bushnell at any zoom range. I always liked Bushnell product. My feeling is kind hurt at this point. I went inside grabbed my Bushnell 4200 3-12x44 elite tactical, cranked to 12x, bang, there goes the nail heads loud and clear. Same with Minox ZA5 2-10x40 at 10x. Over all Nikon seems at least one or two stops brighter than Legend HD in term of photography. Both gun scopes were also out perform Prostaff in clarity and brightness by quite large margin.

 

I did like legend HD's control layout, neatness in a small package. Everything seems in the natural place, at least for me. Eye relief / forgiveness goes away quick as power increase. Optically speaking resolution is good for the price, but other optical qualities suffered. I could not see how it benefit from HD glass. I read favorable reviews on many websites about this scope. Hey dude, WHAT did you compare it to? Da**m internet hype.

 

Nikon is bulky. what's up with that side tripod mount, and hard to use protective cover? I am not too impressed with Prostaff's optical quality, but for the price I don't mind to own one if it is in a package like the Legend HD. Eye relief / forgiveness is good.

 

 

By the end I did not keep the Legend HD. Or miss the Prostaff. I am still looking...... Any suggestion is welcom

 

Not trying to bash Bushnell here, in fact I am happy a owner of 4200 3-12x44 elite tactical and 4200 1.25-4x24.  I am here just to share my experience with everyone.

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What is your budget Seamaster?  What will be your uses for this scope?
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I would say under $600 be nice. I know is very hard at this price point. Most time for looking at POI at range for .30 rounds up to 300~500m. Sometimes for big game hunting. I can see .30 bullet holes at 200m with my rifle scope on a good day.
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I recently got to look at quite a few of the new Vortex products, and really thought some of them were pretty nice.  The Vortex Viper HD spotters in particular were pretty nice.  They are worth a look.
 
It seems like size is a pretty big consideration for you.  Sometimes a deal on a Pentax 65 ED can be found for around $600 if you look around.  They are nice little spotters, and pretty lightweight.
 
The Celestron Regal ED is another consideration, but they are kind of heavy. 
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Hum, Vortex sure look interesting. Ranging ability is nice to have with their recon scope. How they do against Nikon Monarch 10X42 I wonder? I got mine for $185 new, so there goes Nikon.
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 Nikon Monarch 10X42 Bino I mean
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