Spotting Scope Review:

BARSKA Benchmark 25-125×88 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope

BARSKA Benchmark 25-125x88 Waterproof Straight Spotting ScopeThe BARSKA Benchmark 25-125×88 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope uses a nitrogen filled lens and O-ring seals so that you can use it in a wide range of situations without worrying about fogging and moisture damage.

The casing is made from aluminum and designed to be durable and lightweight and the BARSKA Benchmark Waterproof Scope comes with soft and hard carrying cases as well as a handheld and a tabletop tripod.

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Product Features and Specifications

  • 100% waterproof straight spotting scope with O-ring sealsBarska benchmark spotting scope with hand held tripod
  • 88mm objective lens; 25x-125x magnification
  • Nitrogen-filled lens protects from fogging and moisture
  • Accu-grip handheld tripod system for convenient handheld access, or extension of tripod
  • Extensible Dynamic Focusing System: Focus by turning the extensible sunshade
  • Twist-up eyecups: To adjust eye relief for eyeglass users
  • Compact, lightweight aluminum cased design
  • Limited lifetime Barska warranty

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The Reviews

The reviews for the BARSKA Benchmark 25-125×88 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope are mixed.  We researched about a dozen websites and read several dozen reviews for this scope.  There were some people who loved it, some people who hated it, and the majority were right in the middle.

The people that left positive reviews say that this is a good scope for the money.  The screw on pistol grip and the lens cover attached to the bottom of the unit are nice accessories and some of the people that use the scope for birdwatching and wildlife viewing seem pretty satisfied with their purchase.  However, even a number of the people that left positive reviews agree on one thing that the people leaving negative reviews have a problem with.

Although the BARSKA Benchmark 25-125×88 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope is able to magnify up to 125x, just about everyone agrees that it is blurry and nearly impossible to focus at this magnification.  Nearly everyone, whether they liked the product or not, agreed that the BARSKA Benchmark Waterproof Scope is only good up to about 75x magnification and not really useful beyond that.

barska benchmark spotting scope kitThe people that left negative reviews were not as nice about it as the people who seemed to like this product despite its significant flaw.  Many of the negative reviewers also added that this product looks and feels cheap.  This is not an expensive scope and these people were not expecting miracles but they were expecting better quality than what they received.  The optics of the BARSKA Benchmark Waterproof Scope are subpar because everyone agrees that getting a clear image at anything more than 75x magnification is simply not possible.

According to our research this scope might be worth buying to someone who only wants a scope that will magnify 50 to 75x but because the reviews are so mixed and because it does not live up to the promises made by the manufacturer we would recommend passing on the BARSKA Benchmark Waterproof Scope and selecting another, higher-quality scope.

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