I purchased this as a xmas gift a few years ago and my boys love taking a look at the moon and the Stars the best part is trying to catch something else or so they say...
Hi, I looked high ... I looked at Meade.. I looked at Celestion... They were about 30-60% more. And higher... at Pentax. at Redfield even Nikon about double$$ +++ in price. Alas I went low since these had the best reviews found for both birders, very amateur astronomers, and marksmen alike. They are clear and bright to 22 power ( they slowly deteriorate after 22). They focus well even if the field of view is small and getting smaller with magnification. They are easy to handle, for your hands to grip as the weight is not low but neither are they unbalanced or unwieldy. BUT if you have the money to spend and want the best or almost best these are not your lenses. But for the dollar they do what you need to get the job done. Mine is for stadiums to enable me to see what those in the front seats see. To watch nesting birds of prey. They'll work just fine.
I bought this because it was affordable, though I wanted a better monocular. It's all right. It'll work well for a walk through the woods, or other simple tasks, but for real night surveillance, it's not the best. The infrared illuminator comes on automatically, and cannot be turned off. All in all, it's a nice toy, but not much use for anything more serious.
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