Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Exclusive first test of the new Viking 80mm ED scope

Dark and mysterious. The as yet unnamed Viking scope.
Thanks to Tim the Viking we have had a chance to test one of a new range of scopes coming on market this summer. The name and exact price of this new model are yet to be confirmed, but it will be coming in at sub-£1000 with an 80mm and 65mm version. The un-badged pre-production example of the 80mm we have been given to test is a fully specified sample that is identical in terms of build quality and optics as the production models will be.

First impressions are of a slim medium-weight 80mm scope with barrel focusing, slightly matt finish rubber armouring, a sturdy feeling lockable bayonet eyepiece mount and a 25-75x zoom. The important bit is what you see through it however and it does not disappoint here either. The image trough the ED glass is sharp and bright with virtually no fringing and both the contrast and colour fidelity are excellent for a scope of this price. The comfort is also striking, the rounded twist-up eye cup fits the eye nicely and the focusing ring is responsive with no play and just the right amount of smooth damping to be easily controlled.

We are looking forward to getting these in stock as they will be a serious contender for anyone looking to get a high quality scope for less than £1000.

Watch this space for more information on exact price and availability.

Cley Spy

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