It dominated the low-light test, a remarkable achievement for a 40mm optic in a field with bigger, more light-hungry scopes. In an age when amenities differentiate optics, it's refreshing to see a product that wows with flawless execution of the basics. As one team member noted, "This is a pure hunting scope--light, bright, and simple." The VX-2 is balanced, features a clean duplex reticle and finger-friendly turret controls, and is configured for most big-game hunting applications. It is one of the great bargains of this, or any other, age.