New best kept Optical secret ;)

Discussion in 'Scopes, Optics, LRFs, Spotters, BoreScopes' started by Ledd Slinger, May 30, 2017.

  1. Ledd Slinger

    Ledd Slinger Gold $$ Contributor

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    I was shopping for a compact spotting scope for my son when I came across the Cabela's Krotos HD 15-45x65mm spotting scope.

    It only had 2 reviews (both 5 stars) which said how clear it was without any comparison to high end optics, but I figured since Cabelas was finally having a big sale on the spotter, it has the Cabelas lifetime guarantee, and we have a Cabelas store here locally, I would take a gamble. If I didn't like it, I'd just take it to the store and get my money back.

    Well let me tell you, this is one sweet little piece of glass. It stated it has ED glass and there's no doubt it does. Edge to edge, this little spotter delivers an image as sharp as a tack. I have a Meopta Meostar HD 20-70x82mm spotter I compared it to and the little Krotos definitely held its own. It wasn't quite on par with the Meopta, but it was very close on like power settings which surprised the hell out of me considering it utilizes an objective 17mm smaller than my 82mm Meopta.

    The barrel mounted focus is tuned just right for bringing objects into clear focus at all ranges. Eye relief is phenomenal, as good as anything I've ever looked through. It is VERY compact compared to other 15-45x65 spotters. And the image produces very bright 'true' colors with no noticeable fringing or aberration that I could see. The brightness of the image in low light is much more than you would expect from a 65mm spotter. It's is hands down better than the Vortex Razor HD 16-48x65mm spotter I owned in the past that cost over twice what I paid for the Krotos.

    Normal price on this little gem is $699. Cabelas has it on sale right now for $599 and had an extra 10% off the day I bought it so it only ran me a grand total of $540 with free shipping. At that price point, there isn't another spotter out there that's even playing on the same planet as the Cabelas Krotos HD. This thing performs way out of its league. I would put it up against any 65mm spotter costing $1K more than the Krotos any day. It's really that good.

    They also make the Krotos in a 20-60x86mm version for $1099, but I have not looked through that version yet. Tho I'd be willing to bet it's just as nice, if not better due to a larger objective.

    I don't know who makes this scope for Cabelas yet, tho I plan to find out in the near future. It looks similar to the new version of the Vortex Razor spotters, but its definitely a little different body style. Maybe Vortex makes it and they redesigned their glass to be much better then put it in a special body for Cableas? Im not sure... The new Razors come in a 22-48x65mm and a 27-60x85mm. And tho the newly designed Razor spotters look similar to the Krotos, the Razors are longer and weigh more, plus the larger version of the Razor has a different size objective. So Im still confused. Guess I need to call cabelas cuz our local optics 'helper' didn't have a clue.

    Anyhow, if your in the market for a very compact spotter that delivers top tier images at a total bargain price, the Cabelas Krotos HD more than deserves a look.
     
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  2. JRS

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    Here is a new one on the market worth looking at:D BBsmJi0_img.jpg
     
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  3. dkhunt14

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    I believe that one could get you in trouble. Like looking over the neighbors fence or window. Matt
     
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    Does the matching hair cut come as part of the package :eek:
     
  5. Ledd Slinger

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    Dont understand the comments fellas. I must have missed something here...o_O
     
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    Nice post, thanks.
     
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    Great .... I want one for Dear Hunting ..
     
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  8. Ledd Slinger

    Ledd Slinger Gold $$ Contributor

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    For any of you familiar with high end spotting scope glass, you'll be extremely impressed with the image the Krotos delivers for the money if you ever get a chance to look through one.

    I called Cabelas customer support today and talked to a gal in the product information department. She didn't know who makes the Krotos either. The spotter is made in China which explains the cheap price. But the quality is nothing that resembles a Chinese made optic. Even the construction is solid as a rock.

    If you covered up all of the scope except for the front lens and eyepiece and told someone to look through it without knowing anything, they would probably assume it was a top end European optic.
     
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    DIVE DIVE DIVE dive the boat.
     
  10. Hammer47

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    That fat mellon is a perfect LZ for a .30 cal. Old school baby.
     
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    "I can see America!"
     
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    I'd donate a 800 gr .510 projectile if it would help him get the message.
     
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    The best part would be in being the "delivery boy". Ah, the good old days......where it just was not fashionable to be a pita.....and run your mouth about it.;)
     
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    Looks like a Athon optics spotting scope. The ares model
     
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    Thanks for the Review Led Slinger. Will help out many who are looking for a good affordable spotter.

    About DPRK. I hate communism for personal reasons. But I don't see why it's such a evil enemy to the rest of the world. Enough with the military complex and International Banking agendas. Ya'll can believe whatever you wish. It's your right.

    Again. Thank you for the Spotting scope review.
     
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  16. Ironworker

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    I just bought the Krotus 20x60x85 today,viewing a rocky Nevada mountain I bet was 2 miles away, if I wanted I could count the rocks with that scope. Thumbs up on the Krotus
     
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  17. Ledd Slinger

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    Glad you like it. They really are great glass for the money ;)
     
  18. Ironworker

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    Ledd Slinger did you ever find out who makes these ? On the box it says China ???
     
  19. Ledd Slinger

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    No I didnt. I believe it's Athlon Optics, but I'm not completely certain. Cabelas customer service wouldn't tell me. I might call Athlon and ask them.

    Even the Vortex Razors are made in China now. Used to be Japan. I think it's all about quality control. China factories can put out good optics if they are controlled correctly. Seems like we're moving to the point in optics that if you don't want an optic made in Asia, you have to buy a big European name.
     
  20. Zero333

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    I read somewhere that Cabela's HD optics are made by Meopta in Czech.
     

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