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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/19/2012 at 08:31
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  I'll just start with saying I didn't get an Elk on my first Elk hunt, but had great time.  I got to compare my Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14X50 #4 reticle to a Leupold 4.5-14X50 Mk4 Duplex and a Nikon Buckmaster 4-12X50SF.   On the bench they looked pretty comparible at 100yds but as we moved back the the Zeiss and Leupold started edged out the Nikon in clarity, especially 300 yds plus.  I felt like I could focus my Zeiss a little better at 300 (sharper image)than the Leupold on the range at targets but I had no problem with pararie dogs with either of them. I felt Zeiss and Leupold were really close the range.
  Last light to about 10min past last legal light we put the Nikon up (I think one comment was: you might as well be looking through a paper towel tube). Considering its price though it's a great scope. We had whitetail deer in the field and the Zeiss #4 reticle was impressive. I could make out the legs of the deer and bracket the deer and felt I could have made a good shot out at about 150 yards with it.  I could find the deer with the Leupold but I could not always see the crosshairs.  I also felt the Leupold was not as bright and had a crisp as the Conquest, but that could have been that the #4 reticle allowed me to focus on the animal vs trying to find the crosshairs.  
 Overall I felt like the Zeiss was a little better the the Leupold. Mainly because it had a larger sweet spot in low light and I also liked the side focus markings on the Zeiss.  The Nikon did well, but I think I would opt for the Conquest or Leupold over a Buckmaster. Even for the price difference.  My friend who owns the Nikon is a big Nikon fan and said his Monarchs are better than the Buckmaster.  Wish he'd brought one to compare.       
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/19/2012 at 13:38
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I agree with your assessment, in day light most reputable scopes in the $250 range hold up quite well to the alpha or near alpha glass. It's those last minutes of daylight that really tell the tail.
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