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I was over at the local Bass Pro Shop the other day and the gun counter wasn't busy (that's a first).  I spent about an hour looking through scopes, doing a very unscientific evaluation, in the 3X9 group.  I tried everything from $100 Redheads up to $1,600 Swarovskis.  The cheap scopes were remarkably clear, but felt "cheap".  The Burris Fullfield II and lower Leupold lines were next, and seemed to offer great value.  Next were the Nikons, VX III's, Zeiss Conquest.  All very nice, very well made and very bright and clear.  The Kahles seemed to be slightly clearer around the edges, but that may have just been my imagination because it cost significantly more than the previous group and wasn't really noticeably better.  When I got to the Swarovski 3X12X50, it was like the fog lifted and the sun came out.  I was amazed at the difference between it and anything else.  I wished I had never looked through it, because I doubt I'll ever spend $1600  on a scope.  Anybody have any similar experiences?  (I did spend $1000 for binoculars last year; best money I ever spent).
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My similar experience was when I looked through a NightForce NXS 3.5X15X56 when I has just looked through a Zeiss VM/V 3X12X56. Too me the Nightforce NXS was noticably sharper to my eyes. One drawback is the weight ot the Nightforce, but usally the Nightforce is used for bench rest or varmit shooting so the weight normally is not a big issue. Brian

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It's tough to argue when your talking about the Swarovski PH's. You might not have to break the bank after you take a good look through a 3-10x42 Swarovski AV, Kahles 3.5-10x50 or a Swarovski 4-12x50. I am not a fan of 50mm objectives, so my favorite would be the 3-10 AV. You can double check with Chris, but I'm pretty sure Swarovski and Kahles use the same glass/coatings in their 1" line as they do in their 30mm scopes. All can be had for approx. half the cost of the 30mm lines.
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