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I bought a s&b zenith and have brought it in the stands a few times this season. I wanted to hear from anyone with that scope. Are you completely satisfied with its low light performance? Do you find that in low light you have to keep it below a certain magnification? Maybe I expected way too much from it but it seems that it is hard to get my eye in the optimal spot behind it during low light. It seems a bit blurry. Perhaps it is because I have it on 7 or 8x zoom. I've still only had it out a few times, just wanted to get some input.

 

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Tagged for responses.

 

I must say, we haven't had many people complain about the performance of a S&B Zenith on this forum. It's arguably the best scope money can buy.

 

You focused your reticle correctly I assume??

Which reticle do you have?

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Sounds like it needs the reticle focused.  Also could be some distortion from the rings being too tight , or not aligned properly. I say same as Cheap, excellent optics, hard to do any better.

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I need to look into that. Hopefully that is it. I have the #9 reticle.
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Did not know if you knew the correct torque specs. Usually 12 - 15 inch lbs.  I see so many who torque until the rings touch , or, the screws start to gald to the ring threads . Also, it is easy to make an alignment tool out of 1" billet or have a machine shop to turn you down a tool in 30 mm if that's the size you need. I have both, and they sure come in handy.  Big smile

 

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I had the scope mounted for me at the place I bought the gun. I need to read up on focusing the reticle. It looks super sharp in daylight conditions. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions.
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keep it under 6 or 7 power in lowlight for it's optimal 'brightness' and magnification settings.

 

that's about all your eye can digest.

 

that scope should be brilliant in the lowlight.

 

has anyone ever gotten a 'dud' S&B?

 

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Originally posted by jonbravado jonbravado wrote:

keep it under 6 or 7 power in lowlight for it's optimal 'brightness' and magnification settings.

 

that's about all your eye can digest.

 

that scope should be brilliant in the lowlight.

 

has anyone ever gotten a 'dud' S&B?

 

J

 

Good advise. I'm thinking it's more you (mans limitations) than the scope. As JB suggested, dial down your magnification and check it at twilight.

 

If that don't get you feeling right, I'll trade you a 3-9x Barska Ridgeline and $100 boot for that "junker" you got.

 

Dud optics on a S&B Zenith is unheard of, or at least too me they are.  

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If you feel the scope is not performing as well as it should and given the amount of money you spent, there is only one thing you should do.  Take it back to where you purchased it from, ask for something to use in the meantime and have S&B take a look at the scope.  A scope that cost that much money is like a Mercedes Benz and you should be treated as such.  A scope that is considered the best in the world should not have any problems or after thoughts about whether there is a problem with low light gathering capabilities.  Any man made mechanical product can be defective, including a S&B scope.  Take it back and at the least, they can check and see if you have it focused properly.  I own probably 50 or so scopes and when they are not focused properly, this is obvious, so if you believe there is a problem, take it back.
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ahuebel,

What other scopes have you compared your Zenith to in low light conditions?  Your expectations may very well be too high.  No conventional scope will ever give you the low light visibility of a night vision optic; it can only transmit available light and even the very best scopes available might manage 90% - 95% light transmission.  As a "reality check," grab a few lower end scopes (i.e. almost any other brand/model scope you can think of besides Zeiss, Kahles, Swaro) and compare head to head with the Zenith at the same powers in low light.  S&B is widely regarded as one of the best low light scopes available.

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Rifledude makes a good point.  But, if it does not measure up, please take my advice.
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Will do. I ordered it from a place out of california (I am in Texas). But I definitely appreciate all of the information and will see if I can't determine if it is just me.

 

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