Ranging Spotting Scope Reviews - Consumer Files

Ranging Spotting Scope Reviews

In Spotting Scopes by Consumer FilesLeave a CommentLast Updated: April 21st, 2021

Our Top Picks - Best Ranging Spotting Scope 2021

A smaller image of Leupold Mark 4 53756 With Mil Dot Reticle

Leupold Mark 4

A smaller image of Swarovski STR 86833 Spotting Scope With Mrad Reticle and Eyepiece

Swarovski STR

A smaller image of Barska AD11430 Tactical Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle

Barska AD11430

A smaller image of Kruger Optical Lynx 60303 Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle

Kruger Optical Lynx 60303


When it comes to the ranging spotting scope, there is often a lot of confusion as to the different varieties available. Some scopes will have a MIL dot reticle, others a MOA reticle, and still others an MRAD ranging reticle. Neither of these types of ranging reticles are better than the other, rather, they are just different types utilizing different units of measurement and thus different conversion formulas for determining distance accurately.

Those with a military background will likely find MOA reticles easier, however, they all take time to get used to and to move from where you need to do the conversion to the point where using the reticle as second nature. In reviewing these ranging reticle spotting scopes, our top pick was the Leupold Mark 4 Spotting Scope, which we'll explain in detail below.

Winner - Leupold Mark 4 53756 With Mil Dot Reticle

This tactical spotting scope features a MIL dot ranging reticle and a magnification range of 12-40x. Multicoat 4 lens optics are complimented by a 60mm objective lens and Leupold's infamous quality optics. This spotting scope for ranging is actually the United States Army's official optic, assuring you of the quality and ruggedness of this tactical scope. This ranging spotting scope measures just over a foot long and weighs around two and a half pounds. Available accessories allow you to adapt this scope to night vision or digiscoping with ease.

Pros and Cons

Leupold is renown for it's high-performance optics, which makes this a more affordable choice although this scope does retail at about $2000. This scope is versatile and can be used for closer viewing as it has a close focus of 36 feet. It is fully waterproof and backed with a lifetime warranty. It includes a protective, soft-sided view-through carrying case that provides further protection to this already durable scope.


Swarovski STR 86833 Spotting Scope With Mrad Reticle and Eyepiece

When it comes to spotting scopes, Swarovski is the top of the line. While their scopes are typically sold without an eyepiece (allowing you to choose just the right level of magnification for your use) we found this one offered with a 20-60x eyepiece.

This particular scope is also available with a MOA or MRAD ranging reticle, however, the scope and eyepiece combo we tracked down featured the MRAD reticle. The MRAD ranging reticle can be activated and deactivated. This lets you accurately judge distance as well as enjoy uninterrupted viewing or use this ranging reticle scope for digiscoping.

This scope has HD optics and fluoride filled lenses, with optics that are known for incomparable clarity and color fidelity. Featuring a wide 80mm objective lens, this spotting scope measures 15.9 inches (with the eyepiece) and weighs about four and a half pounds without the battery.

Pros and Cons

Black, 80mm Focal Length , Swarovski STR 86833 Spotting Scope With Mrad Reticle and Eyepiece

Swarovski STR 86833

This spotting scope has amazing optics that just do not compare with any other optics company on the market. However, with that impressive level of quality comes a rather impressive price tag! This scope without the eyepiece is sold directly from Swarovski at just over $3.5k with this scope and eyepiece combo that we located in coming in at just under $4,000. While the quality alone makes this the last scope you'll ever buy, the price tag nearly guarantees that.


Barska AD11430 Tactical Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle

This is a compact and lightweight spotting scope that has a lot of features but at a much more affordable price. At 11 inches long and weighing just 1.4 pounds, this MIL dot reticle scope is versatile and practical. This ranging spotting scope has a magnification range of 11-33x and has a 50mm objective lens. It is O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged, making it waterproof and fog proof, while the rugged rubber armor housing renders it shock proof. The optics are fully multi-coated and made of BK-7 glass. It comes with a table-top tripod, carrying case and lens cover.

Black, Barska AD11430 Tactical Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle

Barska AD11430

Pros and Cons

This is the lowest priced MIL dot ranging reticle spotting scope available, with that said, there are some quality differences between this scope and the others in this list. The reticle is on the second focal plane, not the first, which means that the standard MIL dot formula only works at the highest magnification.

This isn't that big of a deal, however, as Barska does provide their own conversion formula for each magnification setting, allowing you to use the reticle with accuracy -it just takes some getting used to. This scope also has a fixed, angled eyepiece, which comes down to personal preference as being a pro or a con.


Kruger Optical Lynx 60303 Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle

This is a mid-priced ranging spotting scope comparable to the Leupold price wise. It features a 7-25x magnification range, 50mm objective lens, and fully multi-coated optics. The illuminated MIL dot reticle has a single button to control the brightness with 10 different brightness settings. It has an ergonomic design for ambidextrous handheld use, as well as a tripod mount. It is 11 inches long and weighs 5 pounds.

The reticle also magnifies equally along the magnification range. Rugged construction makes this scope waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof. While it was designed by US optical engineers, the advanced electronics, ergonomic design, and magnification range make this a versatile ranging reticles spotting scope.

Black, shockproof, waterproof and fogproof, Kruger Optical Lynx 60303 Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle

Kruger Optical Lynx 60303

Pros and Cons

This is a rugged ranging scope with a much more affordable price tag. It has an illuminated reticle that can be turned off or on with a single button and has variable brightness settings. It was specifically designed for handheld use, making it more versatile than other ranging spotting scopes. The sleek design has thumb grips for both left and right handed users and an extra long eye relief that is comfortable while wearing eye glass or even goggles.

What Is Best Ranging Spotting Scope?

As you can see, most ranging spotting scopes tend to only be offered by high-end manufacturers and, thus, have quality optics you can count on. We tried to present a fair range of what's available on the market right now. After some deliberation, we narrowed our choice down to the Leupold Mark 4 Spotting Scope. The quality of Leupold's optics is well-known, and the price isn't too bad. But, in the end, it came down to this one point: if this ranging spotting scope is good enough for the US Army, well, then it's good enough for us.


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Sources and Official Brand Websites:

Leupold  Swarovski Optik  |  Barska  | Wiki: Spotting Scope


Ranging Spotting Scope Reviews was last modified: April 21st, 2021 by Consumer Files