The scope itself is great, however, the mechanism that connects to the bottom of the scope to allow a quick connect to the tripod is poorly designed. The quick connect attached to the tripod wiggles about 1/16 of an inch side to side and sighting at 400 yards is a problem. I was able to fix it so it locks tightly using some rubber bands. I am sure Overstock would have let me return it but for the price I paid I will keep it.
I have several Barska products and find all of them to be of excellent quality. They are not necessarily "inexpensive", but they are affordable and provide excellent value for the money. There are certainly many optics available, at much higher prices, but is it always necessary to purchase something because of its higher price? Doesn't necessarily make it any better, just more costly.
The view is a little fuzzy at 40x magnification but for 35 bucks it's not bad. I am not going to nitpick on that and I would recommend if you are not willing to pay hundreds for a spotting scope that you will use occasionally.
The image of is not as crisp as the high end spotting scopes but 'groupings' for 5.56 mm are clear enough at about 100 yards. 40x is not as clear as 15x but if you focus it well then you'll get what you want. I've also tried it at wildlife about 1 kilometer away and I can see a small bird perched on a branch and distinguish it from the leaves. No, I can't identify what bird it was but I was correct that it is indeed a bird because it flew moments afterwards. I also tried it watching the sky at night but the image have aberrations so if you're planning to use it on astronomy other than the moon, its a no - no. Besides, it has a straight eyepiece and you'll develop stiff neck if you insist on using it in sky watching. I can easily bring it with me wherever I go and if you consider its price then its a great buy and . Over-all, I'm happy with the scope.
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