Simmons Blazer Spotting Scope

Walmart # 550398953

Simmons Blazer Spotting Scope

Walmart # 550398953
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  • Fully coated optics
  • Rugged, waterproof construction
  • Nitrogen purged and fully fog-proof
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  • Fully coated optics
  • Rugged, waterproof construction
  • Nitrogen purged and fully fog-proof
  • Customer Reviews
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    For $60 you are not buying time on the Hubble! But the optics are good, quality acceptable. But the tripod? Well, it has one problem and it can be fixed for nothing! Ever have to borrow boots for a hunt? Ones too big? So you put an extra pair of socks on! Bingo! The camera 'foot' supplied is too small for the 'boot" receiver. Fix ? Take the included in the box lense cleaner and place it in the boot before you mate them! I tried vinyl electrical tape to build up the foot but it didn't work as well as the cloth lense cover. The tape was rigid, the cloth dampens the jitteriness. You bought a scope for $60. Spend $10 to $30 more for a Targus Tripod? The boot/foot is tighter but the rest of the of the tripod is the same quality as the included tripod. Use a $300 to $3000 professional bamboo scope on a $60 scope ? Not unless you already own one, Ansel Adams! Unless you have an unlimited budget, or ego, or a military purest, this does the basic job and very inexpensive.

    Worthless Tripod

    While the optics and functions of the scope are acceptable for the price, the tripod included is awful. Its made of thin aluminum and very cheap, flimsy plastic. It attempts to give you table-top and ground set-up in one device and does neither well. The tripod is just flimsy and you can't get zeroed in on an object. You can adjust and adjust for five minutes and then only get your object slightly centered in the end. The scope vibrates around in the slightest breeze and should you give it the lightest touch, the image bounces around. Simmons could have made this product a LOT better just by pairing it with a simple, table-top tripod instead of the tripod it has with extendable legs and a crank-up stem. The tripod, in a word, is just junk and barely usable in any format. It wouldn't keep a camera stable for a shot at 10 feet, let alone a scope that's zeroed in at 200 yards! I'll keep the scope and retro fit it to a tripod of my own design made of steel.

    Great Scope For The Money!

    This scope works very well with excellent clarity. No problem seeing .17 caliber holes in a target at 100 yards. I know there have been some less glowing reviews, but this scope has more than met my expectations. Considering the low cost it is a phenomonal value. The tripod takes a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it works well. The elevation crank handle on the tripod is probably the weakest part so just make sure the centerpost is free before working the crank handle because placing too much pressure on it could cause it to break easily. So, just use a little caution and I think you will be very satisfied with this scope, plus the purchase won't put you in the poorhouse or get you in trouble with your spouse!

    Great deal

    I bought this scope several months ago for target shooting and it's a winner. The tripod is flimsy, but it IS INCLUDED! I was thrilled they included a tripod and it has a number of features I use regularly. The 3 position adj legs are great for uneven ground and it has pan & tilt as well as a quick release that's really handy. I have a small video camera that I mount on the Simmons tripod and a heavy duty tripod I use for the scope. The video camera acts as my spotter and records hits for very long distance targets. The optics are as good or better than any other in this range. I like where the focus knob is on the body, not close to the range adjustment so they don't get confused. Scopes are often blamed for bad optics but Air turbulence, heat mirage, dust, humidity, haze and other atmospheric conditions all affect image quality so take that into consideration while reading reviews. I'm using this to look for pencil size holes in paper and cardboard two hundred yards away. That's two football fields away, usually with wind and dust, and it works great. For about $60 it's an awesome deal. And since I have a friends scope to compare with... It doesn't matter which one I use, the farther the distance the lesser the image quality and the harder it is to get aligned. I didn't expect thousand dollar optics and I didn't get them, but I did get a better deal than anticipated!

    Simmons Blazer Spotting Scope

    Let's make one thing perfectly clear here, this is a 59.00 scope with tripod. It would be totally unrealistic to compare this scope to the high end scopes. With that being said, here is my reveiw of this scope. First ditch the tripod, it is extremely unstable. The head assembly of the tripod, where you mount the scope; is poorly made. The slightest vibration will cause the sight picture to jump all over the place. Go out and purchase a good quality camera tripod, the mounts are the same. Now the scope is good, zoom and focus works well. I was able to clearly see my pistol shots at the 25 yard line and my rifle shots at the 50 yard line. I have no dought this scope will perform well at the 100 and 200 yard lines. A good tripod is the key as you need a sturdy platform for the scope.
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