Gosky 13-40×50 Spotting Scope

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If you’re looking for a good cheap long-range spotter, don’t bother watching. This is a “dumpster diving” review of a budget spotter I’m only using for 50yrd pistol matches or 100yrd rifle matches. In this case, size and weight are key deciding factors.

The 13-40×50 GoSky is one of the best rated compact spotting scopes on Amazon (which doesn’t mean much since most of those reviews are fake or underinformed). It retails for about $99 but I purchased it on sale for $70 putting it closer in price to a SvBony SV28. Making this the best spotter I’ve tried that currently retails for under $100.


  • Well built eye-piece with an independent rotating zoom dial. 
  • Good to Great optical clarity for a sub $100 “budget” spotting scope
  • Nice geared tripod that works better than it looks


  • Warm cast on image
  • Cheap looking tripod
  • Clunky company website with minimum info

PRODUCT LINK Amazon https://amzn.to/2VEKYH3

SvBony SV28 15-45×50

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SVbony is one of the bigger brands in budget-to-midrange astronomy optics, so I wanted to see if any of that telescope expertise made it down to their least expensive spotting scope, the SV28.

The optic clarity is…just so-so. But for a $60 scope, I suppose it’s actually pretty good (that isn’t saying much.) Personally, if your budget is $60, I’d recommend saving another $50 and buying a GoSky or Celestron.

Purchase from Amazon https://amzn.to/3fxAyQ3

Spotty Scope: Barska Colorado 15-40×50

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The Barska Colorado is a spotty scope instead of a spotting scope (see what I did there). It boasts a nice list of specs and a rugged appearance for a low, low price of $35 but it is in a word: disappointing. Well, there are many other words you can use to describe it, many comprising of four letters.

Amazon reviewers gave it an average of 3.9 stars out of 5 with almost half of its reviewers giving it 5 stars?! These reviewers either have never looked through another spotting scope or are awaiting cataract surgery. There is one positive thing I have to say about this scope: I can return it.


Barska Colorado https://amzn.to/3flcTlO

Celestron 20x binoculars: https://amzn.to/3rQWuuy

Vilux 12x binoculars: https://amzn.to/3A68Wcq