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Athlon optics

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by Chief Sapulpa, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Chief Sapulpa

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    Anyone have first hand experience with Athlon optics? I need a new spotting scope and after considerable research I've got to spend $1200+ for American made with Japanese glass. I'd like to stay at $500 or less for a good range style spotting scope; probably Chinese made.
    Considering Athlon...opinions please.
     
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    I have never used an Athlon spotting scope but have a couple of their rifle scopes. Had to use their service once on a cheap one. Shipped it Monday had a replacement at my house on Friday. The other is a mid tier scope and its been great so far.
     
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    Same here. So far I have been pleased with the brand.
     
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    Athlon had a demo day at our range awhile back. The Reps brought out scopes, spotting scopes and binoculars. All seemed very clear. That's my total experience with them.
    On another forum I'm on, one of the members bought one of the spotting scopes. Said it was incredibly clear. Was mid range priced in the $400 area if I remember right.
     
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    I don't think I've ever actually seen an Athlon, but everything I've heard about them is good.
     
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    Call Doug at Camera Land NY if you're considering Athlon, best prices you'll find and he will give you honest comparison to anything else in your budget. 516-217-1000
     
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    Athlon is good midpriced stuff. I've used one of their low-end scopes on my 6.5PRC, shot out to 300y at Ponca at our last ENS. It was ok, for a scope that cost... prolly $125 or something?

    The Arken I have now is worlds better, but it was a good bit more expensive. I think you can get good deals for what you spend on the Athlon.
     
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    Look at the Bushnell T-Series Spotting Scope. It’s it and Athlon but it’s within your price range on Amazon. I have one and I have been really happy with it. It’s first focal plane with a mil reticle. It’s also has a rubberized coating to protect it and is small enough to easily take to the range or use on a bench.

    https://www.bushnell.com/spotting-s...ries-spotting-scope-15-45x60/BU-781545ED.html

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BNSHXCU?tag=sse-2-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1
     

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