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Leupold SX-5 Santiam HD Spotting Scope

June 2019
Author: Jerrod Lile

Redefining top-tier spotting scopes, the SX-5 Santiam HD delivers the relentless performance that diehard hunters and shooters demand. A generous eyepiece means premium edge-to-edge clarity and unmatched sharpness and definition, while fully-multicoated lens coatings eliminate color aberration and distortion throughout the entirety of the magnification range. A rugged, yet lightweight armor provides premium protection.

The Twilight Max HD Light Management System delivers the perfect balance of image color and contrast, light transmission, and glare management so you'll get the best picture any time of day. A rugged, lightweight armor and Diamond-coat scratch-resistant lens coatings ensure the SX-5 Santiam HD spotter can handle anything you can throw at it. An ultra-fine center focus wheel, adjustable eyecup, and indexed rotational tripod ring deliver the features elite hunters demand.

"Thanks to friends with extravagant taste in hunting optics and a career in the hunting industry that has now spanned nearly 20 years, I've been fortunate to test the best hunting optics on the market. The SX-5 Santiam HD spotting scope from Leupold had me excited for several reasons when I first studied the specs on the glass. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed when the out-of-the-box specifications were confronted with real-world glassing needs. The 80mm objective lens on this scope promised to deliver tons of light gathering capability and it was on a body that was just over 16" long, which ensured that it fit nicely in my hunting packs.

In a wide range of temperatures and at the extrem edges of glassing light, I found that the scope peformed as well as any I'd sat behind. The ultra-fine center focus wheel was invaluable when dialing in the perfect focus without disturbing the glass on the tripod. Furthermore, the edge-to-edge clarity made it a great glass for sweeping hillsides while looking for late season mule deer in thick brush.

If you're looking for a new spotter this year, this glass deserves careful consideration and is worthy to be viewed alongside the most expensive spotters on the market." - Jerrod Lile, Huntin' Fool CEO and Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $2,339.99

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