Review of the Konus Konuspot 20-60x80mm Spotting Scope 7120
If you’re like me, after you’ve dumped a good chunk of change into a rifle and optics, you’re not looking forward to spending a lot of money on a spotting scope. But if you plan on doing any shooting out past, say, 50 yards, and want to know if you hit what you’re shooting at, then a spotting scope is a necessity.
I first tried getting an entry-level Barska 20 – 60×60 mm spotting scope – it was less than a hundred bucks. It did the job – barely. The price was right but the optics just weren’t up to my standards (I’m a photographer – go figure). So I sold it and decided to expand my budget and see what else was out there – which brought me to the Konus Konuspot 7120:
The long and the skinny is this – good glass isn’t cheap. I had to better than double my previous budget, but having used the Konus Konuspot 7120, I consider it a great solution at an affordable price, particularly compared to the competition.
Spotting scopes have several different purposes but as for myself, I simply want to be able to see my level of accuracy on the target I’m shooting at, without actually having to run out to the target. Here’s a photo of my Konuspot 7120, and my AR-15 on the 50 yard range:
The Konuspot 7120 comes with a table top tripod which is both light and functional – perfect for my uses. If the user had need to use the Konuspot 7120 at eye level while standing, it accepts a standard tripod mount and could be used with any tripod which also uses one. The Konuspot 7120 also comes with a nylon zipper case for storage and transport that works well.
The Konuspot 7120 is simple to use – the magnification adjustment is located on the eyepiece and has just three settings – 20x,40x, and 60x. The smaller control knob on the side of the scope serves as the fine focus.
While it was twice as expensive as my prior spotting scope, it’s also a much more capable one. With an objective lens diameter of 80mm (as opposed to the common 60mm size), the scope brings in a lot of light, and delivers it to your eye. This translates to a brighter, sharper view of your subject. It’s quite useable at every magnification level – though you’ll see progressively more vignetting which each step up in magnification. I can easily differentiate my bullet holes on my targets at 50 and 100 yards. For me and my vision (your mileage may vary) about 200 yards would the upper limit of trying to see rifle rounds on target – past that I think you’ll need to spend more money. The Konuspot-80 is a perfect fit for me here again as my local range doesn’t go out past 200 yards. .
I wanted to provide a photographic approximation of looking through the Konuspot-80. It came with some sort of photographic adaptor that, which used with a T-ring on a 35mm camera, allows you to photograph what you’re seeing (nice feature for bird watchers). I don’t happen to have a T-ring for mine (nor do I have a need to photograph using my Konuspot 7120) so I simply held up my point-and-shoot camera’s lens up to the eyepiece, and photographed this image of a target at 100 yards:
What you see is actually better than the above image depicts.
The Konus Konuspot 7120 has a retail price of approximately $399.00 but as usual, our friends at Amazon.com can save you almost half that amount:
If you’re in need of a spotting scope, do give this one serious consideration.
John B. Holbrook, II
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