The spotting scope is a constant companion to almost all long-range shooters–its kinda tough seeing your shots at long ranges without one. And like all things in the gun industry, there is a wide range of prices that usually correlate to quality. Most spotting scopes I’ve seen that are worth using cost upwards to $400 plus. Optics Planet sent us one of their new limited edition OPMOD spotting scopes to check out and the first thing I did (like many people) is I checked out how much it cost. So when I saw it was under $200, I was skeptical–was this a gun-show-special optic that would collect dust after realizing that one should just fork out the extra dough for something usable, or was it a deal too good to be true?
We’ll get to the quality of the OPMOD spotting scope in a minute, but I must say you get a lot for $200 with Optics Planet’s Spotting scope. It comes with a soft case, objective and eyepiece lens covers, a small tripod that has vertical and horizontal movement, and a cleaning cloth. The spotting scope can be a tight fight in the case, but fits in snug along with the tri-pod which is separated by a padded cloth insert. The tri-pod itself is suitable, but it’s not the most robust piece of hardware. I can see a leg bending if given the right amount of pressure; however, it would take a significant amount of force to do so as if to intentionally bend it.
The OPMOD spotting scope seems to be well constructed. It has a rubber like coating while maintaining a sturdy and durable feel. It features a built in sun shade that extends over the objective lens. Controls are where you would expect them to be with the focus on the right hand side of the housing and the zoom control around the eyepiece. The OPMOD spotting scope has a 20x-60x magnification rate and it features an adjustable eyepiece so that a user can set the desired eye relief “sweet spot.”
So for the price, material wise you’re getting a good bang for your buck with the OPMOD spotting scope–but the real and most important question is as with any spotting scope, the optical quality. Considering the price of the OPMOD spotting scope, there’s nothing I can say to ding this thing. The picture is crystal clear, I would of never guessed that I was looking through $200 dollar glass. Even on a rainy cloudy day, the light capture was superb. I was able to distinctly see my grouping at 200 yards at the range and out in the desert I was easily able to see my partner’s shots at 700+ yards in order to give him adjustments. Honestly, I wanted/expected to say something about the glass since I would of never considering owning a quality spotting scope for under 400 bucks, but the OPMOD’s glass was a surprise–again, if you look through this thing, you’ll never guess it costs under $200.
Picture from approximately 800 yards away at a mountain approx 750 ft high at full 60x zoom
Optics Planet’s OPMOD Spotting Scope definitely surprised me to say the least. I’ve seen some lower end spotting scopes within the same price range as the OPMOD and I would of never given them a second look. The OPMOD does seem to reign supreme within the given price range, and it would even give some higher end spotting scopes a run for their money. Now is it as good as, lets say a Leupold Gold Ring? Well, no but we’re talking about a spotting scope that’s 4 or 5 times the price, and not all shooters have the need, or the bank account to justify that type of purchase. But if you’re a Saturday shooter or a regular range warrior, and budget is a concern, then the OPMOD Spotting Scope would be a perfect choice. Its durable, easy to operate, and the glass seems to be a few levels above its price point. For a fraction of the cost of high level spotting scopes, now the average range warrior can finally have a spotting scope worth looking through.