We tested the new spotting scopes in 2011 and Leupold took home top honors.
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Leupold Golden Ring 20–60x80
Most 80mm spotters are like trombones: They’re long and unwieldy, and after a day in their company, you’re ready for a break.
Thanks to a design that uses mirrors to increase the internal dimensions, this flagship scope from Leupold is significantly shorter than other full-size spotters. Its fixed eyepiece provides a remarkable amount of eye relief and an expansive field of view, which means you can spend long hours behind this bright, clear scope. We found fault with the imprecise long-range focus of this otherwise wonderful optic.