- Magnification: 3x-9x
- Objective Lens: 32mm (adjustable)
- Tube Diameter: 1"
- Exit Pupil: 3.6mm to 10.6mm
- Weight: 13.9 oz.
- Length: 8.11"
- Eye Relief: 3.2" to 4.2"
- MOA: 1/4: 1/4" Click Value @ 100 Yards
- Parallax Adjustment: 3Yards to Infinity
- Reticle: Mil-dot (Red/Green Illuminated)
- True Strength scope
- Emerald-coated optics (95% light transmission)
- Zero lock/reset target turrets
- Sidewheel adjustable rheostat
- Black matte finish
- Includes: (1) CR1620 lithium battery, flip-open lens caps, (2) Hex Wrenches, Medium Max Strength Lever Lock Quick-Detach Weaver/Picatinny Rings, Mil-dot Chart, 2" Sunshade, Owner's manual and cleaning cloth
- Eye Relief4.2" - 3.2"
- Mounts2 Piece Weaver/Picatinny
- Tube Size1"
- WarrantyLimited Lifetime
This is a competent small scope, and a good performer for its price range. The zoom is from 3 to 9X, which is generally a good zoom range for an air gun scope and the likely distance that it will be used at.
It has a wire milrad reticle with illumination in green and red. It appears to be robust. The markings alternate between dot and dash, but unlike some higher powered scopes, where dots are half milrad, these are one milrad. This is a second focal plane scope, so the reticle is not a fixed angle but changes with zoom. At 9X, I get about 0.95mRad per mark.
One of my pet peeves is moa knobs on mRad scopes. mRads and MOAs are both angles, and if the manufacturers would put 1/10mRad knobs on mRad scopes, and 1/4moa knobs on moa scopes, I think people would be a lot less confused using them. This scope fails on that point. Remember that about 3.5 minutes is equal to one mRad and it is easy enough to compensate, but still, why use different units between the knob and the reticle? It would be nice to read the hash mark values on the knobs without a lot of thinking.
The knobs do repeat, you can walk a box with no problem. It is square and re-zeros to within a click.
The range scales are reasonably accurate but sparse, once the diopter has been set for parallax. I found this to be slightly off infinity, but not a strain for my old eyes. The biggest issue is hold over for shorter shots while on gopher duty. I sight at 20 yrds since it is convenient a works well between 17 and 70 for typical pellet trajectories. At shorter ranges, the hold over gets quite large, and there is a large gap in range markings between 25 and 12 yards, which is the most critical for hold over and the most likely for gopher hunting. I am going to set up and scribe dot lines for my scope, but given what someone uses and air gun for, manufactures should put more resolution in that range.
One thing that I really do not understand is the attraction of a 3-yard focus. My bullpup requires a 3-inch center spacing to get my head in with the cheek piece all the way down. Sighted in at 20 yards, that is a 7.5mRad hold over at 6 yards. I dont imagine I would ever shoot anything at 3 yards, but I wont see it through the scope anyway. There are a lot of things to correct with a zoom scope and in a lower cost optics, there are not a lot of surfaces to do that with. Unnecessary focal range, does not make that easier and probably results in lower performance in other more important qualities.
Optically, center of focus is sharp, at 9X but gets quite soft off center. There is a fair amount of chromatic aberration on bright edges, (the red and blue edges on sharp bright features), but is to be expected on a low-cost scope. At 3X, the depth of field is quite large, there is a fair amount of barrel distortion (straight lines bow at the edges of the field), but this should not cause any problems for scope use.
POI seems to track well with zoom, it is within the thickness of the reticle at the lower zoom but tends to be slightly low and right. I would call it more than acceptable.
The reticle illumination it there, and works for centered shots. In the dark, my eyes cannot focus on it and I think it would be better if a dimmer setting were available. Basically, I can place something at the cross hairs accurately, but at least for me, the dots and dashes are not visible for hold over.
The QD rings that come with the scope are solid, and seem to repeat within a click or so. I like being able to flip it off and replace it without tools. The flip up lens caps work well and although the objective ring rotates, it you center the hinge between 25 and 12, the angle does not change enough to be a problem. It also comes with a long aluminum sunshade, which is incompatible with the lens cap.
Bottom line. This appears to be a solid low-end optic. It has the limitations that one would expect in optical performance, but it is not a camera, and you can place the reticle on the target, and it will place the pellet where you want it. It is stable, all the adjustments work not only properly, but well. The biggest performance limitation is the thickness of the reticle and at least for my eyes the loss of dots with illumination. The range is good for most air gun use. The 3X allows for good field of view, and rapid target acquisition, and the 9X good enough to stack pellets at 20 yards. UTG has put the performance where it needs to be to get the job done, and they did a good job of managing the optical compromises.
Simple improvement that could be made. More range marks between 25 and 12 yards, 1/10th mRad knobs.