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In light of the obvious home run that Sig Saur has hit with the kilo 2000 range finder, I thought I would take a look at their other optics.  One of their spotting scopes caught my eye and I'm intrigued about it, so has anyone had experience with the oscar3 10-20x30 spotting scope?  I'm especially curious about its image stabilizing feature and how easy (or hard) it is to get a decent field of view when its turned up on 20 power.  
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OK, so I love my Kilo 2000 so much I thought I would give SIG another try and bought the OSCAR3 10-20X30.  It came yesterday and buddy and I have been getting familiar with it.  

Some observations:  It's light, handy and compact.  About one pound.  It's light enough that it's hard to hold steady without the stabilizer turned on.  It is fully functional without the stabilizer employed so if and when the batteries fail it will still work, just not as stable.  

Does the gyroscope actually work?  Yep, it sure does.  It takes a good portion of the shakiness out of the image and does make a significant difference.  It does not perfectly and completely stabilize the image, but it does take enough out that it makes a large difference.  It especially seems to take out the fast little micro trembles that make it so difficult for me to judge trophy quality in poor conditions.  

We tried to quantify how much shake is taken out with a percentage value, but could not come up with a consensus.  My buddy thought it took out about 30% and I thought it took out approximately 50%.  It should be noted that we both agreed that the percentage values do not reflect the higher value of getting the image past a certain critical threshold that improved our ability to judge trophy antlers. Conclusion is maybe only 30-50% percent of the shakiness was removed, but it was the most disruptive shakiness that was removed, if this makes any sense.  

The eye cup adjustment was fast and convenient.  The image focus ring is located on the objective lens and is quite aggressive.  We tried it with and without our eyeglasses and had no problem getting it to accommodate my near sightedness or my buddies severe far sightedness.  

The glass quality appeared to be fairly good and I would judge it to be on par with Leupold VXIII stuff. The power ring was convenient to use.  The unit had a quality appearance to it.  

At this point the only thing I would suggest to improve it would be to put a threaded hole on it to take a tripod mount.  I realize it was designed to be hand held, but it would increase the versatility if it could be screwed onto a tripod.  I'm sure I'll soon improvise something to do it.  

I still have not formed a complete conclusion on this optic, but I can tell you in spite of its obvious quality and handiness it is not as earth shaking as the Kilo 2000 turned out to be.  I don't regret getting it.  
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