20 Best Athlon Optics Scopes, Binoculars, Sights & Rangefinders [Reviews]

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Athlon Scopes ReviewsAthlon Optics may be the best-kept secret, but we’re about to expose them to all.

This American brand is deserving of more attention by hunters, wildlife observers, competition shooters, and avid outdoorsmen.

Athlon has a partnership with “one of the finest rifle scope suppliers in the world,” and it shows.  Their flagship series of optics have every luxury feature you can think of that puts them on the top shelves with the best.  And, they do this all without the high-end cost consumers may be accustomed to, and yet, disappointed with.

To provide relief to your pocket, this brand delivers the most competitive prices in the industry with one of the best warranties you’ll find.

With a wide variety of available optics, you’ll find one priced right within your budget.  Leave disappointment at the door and cheer on Athlon.

 

Athlon Scope Reviews

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tt-table__imageCronus BTR 4.5-29X56 APLR FFP MOA
  • Magnification: 4.5-29X 56mm
  • Reticle: Illuminated APLR MOA (FFP)
  • Price Range: Under $2000
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tt-table__imageAres BTR 4.5-27X50 APLR3
  • Magnification: 4.5-27X 50mm
  • Reticle: Illuminated APLR3 (FFP)
  • Price Range: Under $1000
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tt-table__imageMidas TAC 6-24X50 APRS2
  • Magnification: 6-24X 50mm
  • Reticle: APRS2 (FFP)
  • Price Range: Under $600
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tt-table__imageHelos BTR 6-24X50 MIL
  • Magnification: 6-24X 50mm
  • Reticle: Illuminated APRMR (FFP)
  • Price Range: Under $500
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tt-table__imageArgos BTR 6-24X50 MOA
  • Magnification: 6-24X 50mm
  • Reticle: Illuminated ATMR MOA (FFP)
  • Price Range: Under $400
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tt-table__imageTalos 4-16X40 MIL
  • Magnification: 4-16X 40mm
  • Reticle: Mil Dot (SFP)
  • Price Range: Under $200
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tt-table__imageNeos 4-12X40 Center X
  • Magnification: 4-16X 40mm
  • Reticle: Center X (SFP)
  • Price Range: Under $150
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Athlon hits a home run with cost-conscious buyers looking for high-quality features in a rifle scope.  Their standard of quality is above par for the industry as all their scopes have a fully weatherproof build, FMC (Fully Multi-Coated) optics, and aircraft-grade aluminum construction regardless of how low in price they go.

While price points often resonate with the entry-level and mid-range market, Athlon also offers high-end scopes with big ticket prices.  We’ve reviewed the most popular tactical and hunting rifle scopes the brand has to date.

 

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Cronus BTR 4.5-29X56 APLR FFP MOA Review

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  • ED glass: extra low dispersion glass significantly reduces chromatic aberration giving you an utmost bright and sharp image with true color reproduction
  • Illuminated reticle: the illuminated reticle provides greater visibility during dusk and dawn and other low ambient light environment

This BTR 4.5-29×56 model comes with the highest price tag of the two available configurations, but it has every high-end feature you could ask for.

PROS:
  • ED glass
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Zero stop
  • FFP reticle
  • 34 mm tube

CONS:
  • Heavy

The scope weighs 35.8 oz – it’s heavy, but the scope has a lot packed into it.  Get over it.

This Cronus has the APLR MOA reticle that features a large, illuminated 2 MOA center cross with 1 MOA hashmarks.  Additional, distinct hashmarks are set at 5 MOA allowing up to 50 MOA in holdovers down the elevation crosshair.  Set in the FFP (First Focal Plane), the reticle will increase and decrease in size as you change power.

True to high-end models, the Cronus features a True Zero Stop feature to dial back down with a positive stop to your zero.  Target shooting at extreme long-range distances is a challenge the Athlon scope is up for any day, any time.

You won’t have to worry about soft edges, poor resolution, decreased brightness and clarity, or color fringing since the objective lens has ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements.  Holding all the springs and glass assemblies in place is a 34 mm tube made from hammer-forged aircraft aluminum alloy that outlasts standard aluminum.

A side focus sits on the side for parallax correction, it’s fogproof with argon gas, and who cares about wire reticles when this has tactical features all the way – an etched glass reticle and exposed dials.

 

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Ares BTR 4.5-27X50 APLR3 Review

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  • First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as...
  • HD glass gives you the utmost contrast, light transmission, and the sharpest image

Want to keep your budget under $1000 without compromising on high-end features?  This Ares BTR scope is a high-ticket item without the high-ticket costs.

PROS:
  • HD glass
  • Illuminated reticle
  • FFP reticle
  • Glass-etched reticle
  • Zero stop

CONS:
  • Slightly mushy turrets

The turrets have positive 0.1 clicks, but they may be less than crisp if you’re used to more snappy clicks.  However, it’s not been a real issue for most buyers.  Equipped with HD glass, Athlon says it enhances brightness and clarity, but according to buyers, it may get a bit milky at max power.

But, the star feature of this model is the APLR3 reticle.  The reticle is glass-etched, illuminated, and in the FFP.  The mil hashmarks are set .2 mils apart with up to 10 mil holdovers down the vertical crosshair.  What’s it for?  Making precision, long-range shots with high accuracy and speed.

Dialing out and back down is easy with the exposed, tactical turrets and Precision Zero Stop feature.  Advanced Fully Multi-coated and XPL coatings provide ultimate light transmission and scratch, dirt, and oilproof properties on the exterior lens.

For the price, you get amazing glass, high-end features, and exceptional strength and mechanical integrity.  Clearly, it’s the best scope in its price class.

 

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Midas TAC 6-24X50 APRS2 Review

Athlon Optics  Midas TAC  Riflescope  6-24x50  30mm APRS2  FFP MIL Reticle
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Athlon Optics Midas TAC Riflescope 6-24x50 30mm APRS2 FFP MIL Reticle
  • 0.1 MIL Click Value, 25 MIL Total Elevation Adjustment, 10 Yard to Infinity Parallax Adjustment
  • First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as...

The Midas TAC series is known for its feature-loaded scopes, and the 6-24×50 model with the APRS2 reticle is the most popular of the lot.

PROS:
  • Price
  • HD glass
  • FFP reticle
  • Glass-etched reticle
  • Zero stop

CONS:
  • Non-illuminated reticle

To be fair, no scopes in the Midas TAC series has an illuminated reticle, but that hasn’t been mentioned as a drawback for any of the highly satisfied buyers.  The other premium features it has far outweigh the lack of illumination.  Besides, no battery is needed, and no illumination failure will be cause to set you back in the field.

Maintaining its premium status, it has HD glass, a glass-etched reticle placed in the FFP, and a locked-down zero stop – all features indicative of high-end scopes.

The APRS2 reticle is a mil reticle that’s simple, uncluttered, and allows precision shots at long ranges.  There is a .03 floating dot that draws your eye to the center and is surrounded by .2 mil hashmarks up to 6 mils on both elevation and windage crosshairs.  Want to dial in?  You have 25 mil of elevation travel and 15 mil of windage travel.  Clicks are in .1 mil with a travel rotation of 10 mils.

With high power and a large 50 mm aperture, you’ll need a clear sight picture at all times.  Thanks to the HD glass, Advanced Fully Multi-coated lenses, and XPL exterior coating, you’ll have that.

Don’t let the low price fool you – this is premium quality in a mid-range priced scope.

 

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Helos BTR 6-24X50 MIL Review

Athlon Optics , Helos BTR , Riflescope , 6-24 x 50 First Focal Plane (FFP) 30 mm...
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Athlon Optics , Helos BTR , Riflescope , 6-24 x 50 First Focal Plane (FFP) 30 mm...
  • First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as...
  • Locking feature on both elevation and wind age turrets allows you to simply pull up the turrets to Dial and push down the turrets to lock them in place

This Helos BTR scope is right in the middle of available configurations for the series.  It’s long-ranging, high-powered, and priced just right.

PROS:
  • Price
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Glass-etched reticle
  • FFP reticle
  • Locking turrets

CONS:
  • No specialized glass elements

With such high magnification of 24x and no specialized glass elements or technologies to enhance sight picture quality, some aberrations may be apparent as you crank up the power.  However, it’s been said that glass quality is good enough to see you through 1000-yard shots.

With an illuminated reticle in the FFP, the glass must be above par to allow you to see details to make those long-range shots.  The glass etched APRMR reticle measures in mils with an illuminated center dot and .5 hashmarks.

If you’re dialing out, you have 18 mils of adjustment travel for both elevation and windage.  Clicks are in .1 mils with a 6 mil rotation.  With the side focus, you can adjust for parallax down to 10 yards.  Eye relief may be a little on the short side with only 3.3″.

You can have confidence in your turrets since they have a locking feature to keep them in place even during repeated, heavy recoil and accidental knocks and bangs.  Unfortunately, this eliminates the ability to have a zero-stop feature.

There’s a lot of features on this scope that push it into high-end territory.  Fortunately, it doesn’t cost that much to buy.

 

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Argos BTR 6-24X50 MOA Review

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Athlon Optics , Argos BTR , Riflescope , 6-24 x 50 First Focal Plane (FFP) 30 mm...
  • First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as...
  • Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.

Since when do you see an FFP, glass-etched, illuminated reticle in this price range?  You don’t – until now.  The Argos BTR sets the new standard of quality for what we consider entry-level prices.

PROS:
  • Price
  • FFP reticle
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Long range
  • Argon gas

CONS:
  • Short eye relief

There’s no real drawback to the Argos BTR.  The only thing we could maybe gripe about is the short 3.3″ of eye relief.  May not be a big deal for many shooters, but it should be noted.

Although this Argos doesn’t have a zero stop, Athlon does include shims to install your own zero stop.  If they were to add this feature to the scope, you’d be paying a lot more and it would kick it out of the entry-level budget.

However, far from being entry-level, it has some nice features worth considering.  Glass-etched, illuminated, FFP reticle, argon gas over nitrogen, and it has the same aircraft-grade aluminum alloy construction and one-piece, heat-treated tube body that their higher-end scopes have.

This BTR has the simple and easy to see ATMR MOA reticle.  The center cross is a measured 2 MOA and following hashmarks are 2 MOA apart.  Clicks are in .25 MOA with up to 60 MOA in elevation and windage adjustment travel.

Getting it done on a budget couldn’t be easier.

 

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Talos 4-16X40 MIL Review

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  • Fully multi-coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light Spectrum
  • Reticle etched on the Glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to Recoil

The Talos is a high-rated and affordable scope mounted to many 10/22 and AR-15 rifles.  Target shooting and small game hunting are popular pastimes the Talos will see you through.

PROS:
  • Price
  • High power
  • FMC optics
  • One-piece tube
  • Weatherproof

CONS:
  • No exterior lens coating

With high power, a 40 mm objective lens, and a heat-treated, one-piece tube but still manages to stay lightweight at 19.1 oz.  The aircraft-grade aluminum construction keeps it light without compromising on strength and robustness.

Edge-to-edge clarity remains crisp right up to max power.  You’ll need this kind of FMC glass quality for low light hunting and reaching out to long-range distances for small targets like prairie dogs.  While no one has complained about this, it would boost effectiveness in the field if it had an exterior, protective lens coating.

As a hunting tool, it’s shock, fog, and waterproof.  With a little longer eye relief than most other Athlon scopes, this one has up to 3.8″ at 4x and Athlon’s standard of 3.35″ at 16x.  A third turret allows you to focus down to 15 yards.

The Mil Dot SFP reticle is super simple with a center cross aiming point and 1 mil incremental dots up to 5 mils across both crosshairs.  With 20 mils of adjustment travel, you can make .1 mil clicks with up to 5 mils per revolution.

Hunters – stay within budget with this 4x scope that’ll get ‘er done!

 

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Neos 4-12X40 Center X Review

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Athlon Optics , Neos , Riflescope , 4-12 x 40 Second Focal Plane (SFP) 1' Tube,...
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Athlon Optics , Neos , Riflescope , 4-12 x 40 Second Focal Plane (SFP) 1" Tube,...
  • Fully multi-coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light Spectrum
  • Reticle etched on the Glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to Recoil

The Neos is designed to be everything a hunter and target shooter needs in a scope – accurate, easy to use, and cheap.

PROS:
  • Price
  • FMC optics
  • Aluminum build
  • Weatherproof
  • Side focus

CONS:
  • Short eye relief

With an eye relief of 3.15-3.11″, it’s on the short side, but if it’s mounted to super low-kicking rifles with .22 or .223 cartridges, you’ll avoid the ever-dreaded scope kiss.

For an entry-level price, we’re impressed that Athlon maintains their standard of quality in the Neos with Wideband FMC optics, fully shock, fog, and waterproof build, and aircraft-grade aluminum construction.

With max power over 10x, the Neos features a side focus that focuses all the way down to 10 yards.  The Center X is the duplex reticle style with heavy posts that increase visibility especially in low light conditions.  This model has .25 MOA turrets with 60 MOA in elevation and windage adjustment travel.

True to hunting style scopes, it features capped turrets, a weatherproof body, and a simple SFP reticle.

 

Athlon Binocular Reviews

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS
tt-table__imageCronus 8.5X42
  • Field of View: 399 ft @ 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 19.3 mm
  • Price Range: Under $500
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tt-table__imageAres 10X42
  • Field of View: 341 ft @ 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 14.7 mm
  • Price Range: Under $400
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tt-table__imageMidas 8X42
  • Field of View: 426 ft @ 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 17.2 mm
  • Price Range: Under $300
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tt-table__imageArgos 10X42
  • Field of View: 319 ft @ 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 16.1 mm
  • Price Range: Under $200
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tt-table__imageTalos 8X32
  • Field of View: 427 ft @ 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 14.7 mm
  • Price Range: Under $150
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tt-table__imageNeos 10X42
  • Field of View: 309 ft @ 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 14.1 mm
  • Price Range: Under $100
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Athlon continues their legacy of engineering optics with high-grade materials and putting them on the table at less than what its competitors can.  This is true of their binocular series that continue to satisfy bird watchers, hunters, avid wildlife observers, and traveling tourists.

Wide FOVs, long eye relief, compact builds, and specialized features are iconic factors that many binos in this lineup share.

We reviewed one model from each of their binocular series from bargain bino deals to high ticket ones.  Still, Athlon comes in with a better price every time.

 

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Cronus 8.5X42 Review

Athlon Optics , Cronus , Binocular , 8.5 x 42 ED Roof ,
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Athlon Optics , Cronus , Binocular , 8.5 x 42 ED Roof ,
  • E2ES System - E2ES System is a field flattening system that produces sharper, clearer images all the way from one lens edge to the other
  • ED Glass - ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings a clearer and sharper image to your eyes

The 8.5×42 is the smallest model in the Cronus series, and it’s the most sought-after binocular in the line.

PROS:
  • E2ES System
  • ED/HD glass
  • Dielectric coating
  • Magnesium chassis
  • Locking diopter

CONS:
  • Heavy

As a Cronus, it has all the fixings.  To put glass quality above the rest, it has Athlon’s E2ES System (Edge 2 Edge Sharpness) that entails field flattener lenses for, you got it, edge-to-edge clarity.  With ED elements, you have an HD sight picture that eliminates color fringing, enhances light transmission, and improves clarity and sharpness.

As a roof prism bino, it needs dielectric and phase corrective coatings to maximize light performance, color reproduction, and higher resolution and contrast – good thing the Cronus has both.

Internals are housed within the robust, lightweight build of a magnesium chassis, and it’s protected with O-ring seals and argon gas for water and fogproof protection.

A locking diopter found on the center focus wheel will keep your setting place.  A large 399 ft/1000 yds FOV (Field of View) will prove helpful when scanning the field or the skies for birdwatching and wildlife observation.

But, one of the best features of the Cronus is the 22 mm of long eye relief.  However, one of the worst features is the 33 oz of weight you’ll be lugging around.  Maybe you’ll need a bino harness instead of a neck strap, right?

 

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Ares 10X42 Review

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  • Clear images - ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings a clearer and sharper image to your eyes
  • True Color - Advanced fully multi-coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.

The Ares has high-end features comparable to the flagship Cronus series of binos and that’s why it’s a “Choice” product recommended by all.

PROS:
  • Open bridge
  • E2ES System
  • ED/HD glass
  • Magnesium chassis
  • Specialized coatings

CONS:
  • Heavy

The Ares lacks a locking diopter that we suspect is to shave costs and set the Cronus apart from the Ares series.  But, like the comparable bino, it’s a heifer at 29.8 oz.  That used to be within industry standard weight specs, but these days, full-size 10x42s are coming in closer to 20-25 oz.

Edge-to-edge clarity is provided by the E2ES System (field flattener lenses) and ED glass elements that provide an improved sight picture.  Specialized coatings include dielectric, phase-correction, and an exterior XPL Xtra Protective Layer Coating.

Eye relief on the Cronus is longer as the Ares can only offer 14.7 mm which may be pushing it for those with glasses.  A wide FOV of 341 ft/1000 yards will do it for your hunting, birdwatching, and all outdoor observation needs.

The open bridge design looks a little tight, but it looks to be a result of having the diopter on the center focus wheel.  Overall, the Ares is attractive, at a great price point, and is as durable as ever with a weatherproof body and magnesium chassis.

 

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Midas 8X42 Review

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  • ED Glass - ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings a clearer and sharper image to your eyes
  • ESP Dielectric Coating is a multi layer prism coating that reflects over 99% of the light to your eyes bringing you a clear, bright image that displays accurate color...

The 8×42 is the favorite configuration in the Midas binocular series.  Long eye relief, extremely wide FOV, and premium features is why it’s the star child of 8×42 binos in the market.

PROS:
  • Price
  • HD/ED glass
  • Specialized coatings
  • Argon gas
  • Magnesium chassis

CONS:
  • Focus wheel issues

Anything is possible with the 8×42 configuration because an extremely wide FOV of 426 ft/1000 yards that lets you see anything and everything.  Targets on the move?  No problem.  You’re on the move?  A non-issue.

There have been few issues with the focus ring being too stiff to move while the mechanism itself seems to be over greased.  This can be exaggerated at very cold temperatures, but it doesn’t seem to pose a problem for everyday use.

For a bino to keep up with your extreme glassing needs, you should demand HD image quality, dielectric and phase correction coatings, and Advanced FMC optics – the Midas has it all.

To keep you out longer in the hunt, you should demand durability.  Made with a magnesium chassis, built to be shockproof, gassed with argon, and sealed tight to be waterproof, the Midas is built to last.  Although it’s built like a tank, it doesn’t weigh like one at only 25 oz.

Twist up eyecups have multi-position stops, and eye relief is a long 17.2 mm.  A diopter sits on the right eyepiece, and it has a close focus distance of 6.5 ft.

If you want a binocular with the golden touch, your needs demand for a Midas.

 

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Argos 10X42 Review

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  • ESP Dielectric Coating is a multi layer prism coating that reflects over 99% of the light to your eyes bringing you a clear, bright image that displays accurate color...
  • Advanced FMC - Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.

Forget neck strain when you opt for a lightweight, 24-ounce binocular.  Forget dishing out more bucks than you must by getting a high value bino at a bargain barrel price.  Remember the Argos 10×42 the next time you buy.

PROS:
  • Price
  • Open bridge
  • Specialized coatings
  • Argon gas
  • Composite chassis

CONS:
  • Acceptable FOV

Starting off with the glass, you have a roof prism bino that’s been decked out with a dielectric coating, phase corrected prisms, and Advanced FMC coatings to ensure you get the best sight picture quality you can get.  Slap on an XPL exterior coating, and you have oil, dirt, and scratch-resistant protection.

Made with a polymer composite chassis, it comes in lightweight at 24 oz – lighter than any other Athlon bino with the same configuration.  A bonus feature for this price range is the argon gas to provide fogproof and waterproof protection – only seen on high-end binoculars in the industry.

The open bridge design is an attractive design feature for one hand use.  The FOV is only 319 ft/1000 yards which isn’t great for a 10×42.  Included in the buy is a carry bag, neck strap, and lens caps for both the eyepieces and objectives.

It’s right within the budget at under $200, and yet you still get some high-end features in an Athlon binocular that you will never see anywhere else.

 

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Talos 8X32 Review

Athlon 115006 Talos 8x32 Binocular
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Athlon 115006 Talos 8x32 Binocular
  • Phase corrected prisms produce images that have better contrast, a higher resolution and better color reproduction
  • Argon purging gives you better waterproofing and thermal stability

Compact, lightweight, and under 100 bucks.  The Talos binocular is a done-and-done kind of deal.

PROS:
  • Price
  • Phase corrected
  • Advanced FMC
  • Nitrogen gas
  • Wide FOV

CONS:
  • No fine focus adjustment

There’s no real complaint on the Talos series of binoculars.  The only downside that has been mentioned is the lack of a fine or micro focus adjustment to achieve crisp and clear details, but it’s unclear whether focus settings including use of the diopter adjustment was performed correctly for one’s vision.

The most popular features behind the 8×32 is the compact size, 4.9 x 4.3″, and lightweight build of 19.3 oz.  Easy to hold in the hand, it’s a binocular built to take on hikes, use quickly in the hunt, and watch birds and other wildlife do what they do best.

Even though it’s an entry-level bino with a matching price tag, Athlon didn’t skimp on the roof prisms.  Made with phase corrected prisms, BaK4 glass, and Advanced FMC coatings, it’ll transmit as much light as possible to provide a bright and clear image.

Due to the smaller configuration, the FOV is very generous as 427 ft/1000 yds.  Having been nitrogen purged, it’s waterproof and fogproof tight.  Of course, accessories are included, and it’s covered with the Athlon Gold Medal Lifetime Warranty.

 

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Neos 10X42 Review

Athlon Optics Neos 10x42 Binoculars great for Bird Watching and any Outdoor...
13 Reviews
Athlon Optics Neos 10x42 Binoculars great for Bird Watching and any Outdoor...
  • Quality for Less! Athlon Optics advanced technology makes it possible for you to enjoy high quality bird watching or any outdoor activitity binoculars with enhanced...
  • Durable, all weather waterproof and fog proof binoculars to handle anything mother nature has to offer

The 10×42 is the most popular binocular configuration, not just in the Neo series, but in the entire sports optics industry, too.

PROS:
  • Price
  • Multi-coated
  • Waterproof
  • Twist-up eyecups
  • Nitrogen gas

CONS:
  • Narrow FOV

For a 10×42, it has a rather narrow FOV with 309 ft/1000 yards.  This may be an important factor depending on your needs, and it may not be for everyone.  However, if it’s good enough for you, you’ll be pleased to know it ranks high as a basic and entry-level bino.

Multi-coated optics are paired with BaK4 glass in this roof prism optic.  For the price, you won’t be disappointed with the clarity, and the 10×42 configuration will allow you to pick up some details in low light conditions.

Focus your bino and adjust the diopter, and you can take the Neos with you on hunts, guided tours, and any other activity where you may want to tug around the weight of a 24.8 oz bino.  Secure it to the neck strap that’s included in the buy and you’re all set.

Twist-up eyecups have multi-position stops.  The eye relief isn’t great at 14.1 mm, and the close focus is mediocre at 13.1 ft.  But, for an all-weather, compact, and ready-to-go 10×42, the Neo will do it best for the lowest price around.

 

Athlon Spotting Scope Reviews

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS
tt-table__imageCronus Tactical 7-42X60 ED
  • Magnification: 7-42X 60mm
  • Configuration: Straight
  • Price Range: Under $1000
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tt-table__imageCronus 12-36X50 ED
  • Magnification: 12-36X 50mm
  • Configuration: Angled
  • Price Range: Under $800
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tt-table__imageAres 15-45X65 ED
  • Magnification: 15-45X 65mm
  • Configuration: Angled
  • Price Range: Under $600
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tt-table__imageTalos 20-60X80
  • Magnification: 20-60X 80mm
  • Configuration: Angled
  • Price Range: Under $200
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What makes a great spotting scope?

Being able to see targets and wildlife clearly and with definition at great distances.  Although simply said, it’s a tall order to fill.  Not all scopes are equally made, and so many spotters will fall short of this requirement.

Fortunately, Athlon puts the best-of-the-best technologies and materials into producing their premium spotting scopes.  Almost all their lines of scopes have ED glass, Argon gas, and XPL Xtra Protective Coatings to promote high-definition sight picture quality.

But, don’t worry if you can’t meet the price tag – there are cost-conscious buys in this lineup yet.

 

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Cronus Tactical 7-42X60 ED Review

Athlon Optics CRONUS Tactical 7-42x60 ED with Ranging Reticle (Grey) PRE-ORDER
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Athlon Optics CRONUS Tactical 7-42x60 ED with Ranging Reticle (Grey) PRE-ORDER
  • ED Glass - ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings a clearer and sharper image to your eyes

What makes the Cronus ED spotting scope a tactical spotter?  It’s not just one thing but many.  Curious?

PROS:
  • APO system
  • ED glass
  • Argon gas
  • Reticle
  • Tactical accessories

CONS:
  • Price

Not everyone is going to drop a grand just to get on target at the range.  So, who will?  If you’re a competition shooter, part of a sniper team, and even a hunter, you just might.

With the TSSR mil reticle, you’ll be able to make fine adjustments with the .2 mil incremental hashmarks.  Although not illuminated, the reticle is set in the FFP (First Focal Plane), so it will increase and decrease in size as you change power.

Additional tactical features include an integrated Picatinny rail base mount to attach other accessories for a complete tacticool look.  Got an Athlon rangefinder?  If not, you should get one to mount to the included patented high riser mount to co-witness with the tac spotter.

To see bullet holes on paper, the spotter has an APO lens system to improve contrast, resolution, and color fidelity while the objective lens has ED glass elements to eliminate color fringing for the clearest sight picture without aberrations.

Built to be accurate, built to be used, and built to endure abuse, we’d say the Cronus Tac was built to be rad and had.

 

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Cronus 12-36X50 ED Review

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  • Apochromatic lenses System gives you the result of images which have greater contrast, sharpness and color definition

Don’t let the low-powered configuration lead your thoughts astray.  The Cronus 12-36×50 spotter is a high-end scope under $1000 that you need to know more about.

PROS:
  • APO system
  • ED glass
  • Dual focus
  • Argon gas

CONS:
  • Acceptable eye relief

This Cronus is an angled spotting scope with all the trademarks of a premium optic.  ED glass elements bring high definition to your sight picture, and the APO lens system works to bring you edge-to-edge sharpness, clarity, and true color fidelity.  Paired with a dielectric coating, your image will be brilliantly bright thanks to a highly reflective 99% light transmission rate.

However, seeing the sight picture comfortably may be tough if you wear glasses since it only has around 15-17.8 mm of eye relief.

With a dual focus mechanism, you can make fine adjustments to further enhance sight picture quality.  Argon gas is superior to nitrogen, so it’s going to be fog and watertight.

With an XPL coating to protect the exterior lens, brush and dirt won’t get in the way of your view.  A magnesium chassis keeps it tough for tumbles in hunting terrain.  The compact, lightweight size (26.5 oz) is comparable to a full-size pair of binoculars making it easy to stow in your pack and trek around during the cold hunting season.

What – a low-powered spotting scope for hunting?  Why not?

 

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Ares 15-45X65 ED Review

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  • Apochromatic lenses System gives you the result of images which have greater contrast, sharpness and color definition

You get more than what you pay for with Athlon, and the Ares spotting scope holds up to this motto.  Get more for less with ED glass, dielectric coatings, and BaK4 prisms.

PROS:
  • ED glass
  • Dielectric coating
  • Rotating ring
  • Argon gas
  • XPL coating

CONS:
  • Sensitive eye relief

With eye relief of 16-19 mm (approx.), some users found it was a little on the sensitive side trying to find the sweet spot.  However, it should be just enough in length to provide eyeglass wearers some comfort.

Next to the single focusing collar is a rotating ring that allows rotational movement while mounted to a tripod to get the most comfortable fit when spotting on angles.  Making the most of that view, you have the aforementioned glass elements and coatings to enhance contrast, sharpness, and color reproduction with the fringing.

As is standard for Athlon optics, the Ares spotting scope is fog and waterproof, and it’s built with an aluminum central chassis to ensure maximum lifelong use.

Due to its low-powered 15-45x magnification, it’s compact at 9.5 x 3.5″ in size and weighs only 43.4 oz that will help with stability during use.  You have a 171-81 ft FOV and a close focus distance of 13 ft.

The Ares has plenty of high-end features to attract buyers, and its low price point seals the deal.

 

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Talos 20-60X80 Review

Athlon Optics Talos 20-60x80 Angled Spotting Scope with Tripod and Case, Tan
  • Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you great light transmission and bring bright images to your eyes.

This full-size spotting scope is made with K9 prism glass and offered on the table for under $200.  Is it worth it?

PROS:
  • Price
  • FMC optics
  • Fog/waterproof
  • Rotating ring
  • K9 Silver coated prisms

CONS:
  • K9 Silver coated prisms

Optical terms and abbreviations are confusing.  Between BaK4, BK7, and now K9 prism glass, it’s easy to get lost.  Very simply put, K9 is BK7 glass.  The term used will depend on the borosilicate source (see this guide for more info).  It’s nothing to worry about since many entry-level spotting scopes are made with K9/BK7 prisms like this Talos.  It may be cheaper to source and manufacture resulting in a lower price for the buyer.

The silver coating improves light transmission and reflectivity rates in a roof prism design, and it’s fortunate that Athlon didn’t forget this need.  With FMC coatings, you’ll have bright and clear image quality that should allow you to see groupings at 100 yards and catch needed details at much greater distances, even in low light.

Equipped with a rotating ring, you can achieve convenient angled viewing.  Since it’s nitrogen purged and waterproof, harsh weather and accidental submersion are challenges the Talos will easily survive.

Included with the spotter is a soft case and tabletop tripod.  A complete entry-level package for an entry-level price.  Gotta love it.

 

Athlon Red Dot Sight Reviews

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tt-table__imageMidas BTR RD13
  • Magnification: 1X
  • Reticle: ARD 13 Reticle
  • Price Range: Under $150
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tt-table__imageMidas BTR PR41
  • Magnification: 3.9X
  • Reticle: APSR 41 Prism Reticle
  • Price Range: Under $400
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Many 3-gun comp shooters, varmint hunters, and LEOs (Law Enforcement Officer) don’t know that Athlon has some serious game in their red dot and prism scope weapon sights.  Their available models deserve some of the spotlight and we’ve given them a chance to shine here.

With adjustable brightness settings, FMC optics, aircraft aluminum chassis construction, knob controls, and full weatherproof protection, these Midas optics are ready for battle in the hunt, at work, or for home defense.

Fast target acquisition, bright dots, and versatility is what you can expect out of your Athlon red dot sight.

 

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Midas BTR RD13 Review

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  • Fully multicoated optics effectively reduces reflected light and increases the transmission of light giving you a Brighter image than Normal single coated lenses

Unlimited FOV.  Unlimited eye relief.  Speed.  Red dot.  It doesn’t get simpler than that with the Midas BTR RD13 red dot sight.

PROS:
  • Price
  • Knob controls
  • One-piece chassis
  • Adjustable brightness
  • FMC optics

CONS:
  • Dim reticle illumination

Shot guns, handguns, your favorite MSR – the RD13 red dot sight is ready for action.  It has the ARD 13 reticle which features a 3 MOA dot and a segmented illuminated circle with intermediate, surrounding posts.  Get zeroed in with .5 MOA clicks.

Adjust the brightness level with 11 settings.  You’ll like the knob controls that have positive clicks and are easier to user over buttons you must depress.  While nothing about the brightness setting has been said about this model, another red dot in the series has been mentioned as having dim illumination.

Installation is easy with the included Picatinny rail mount compatible with almost all bases.  Don’t be afraid to tread in rough weather with the RD 13 since it’s nitrogen purged and waterproof.

Mounted to your choice of firearm, it’s been rated to withstand the 600G recoil up to 1000 times.  Aircraft aluminum keeps it lightweight, and a one-piece construction gives the red dot a tank-like build.

 

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Midas BTS PR41 Review

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  • Reticle etched on the glass or prism that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to...

This prism scope holds its own as a long-range red dot.  With a ballistic, illuminated reticle, the Athlon PR41 has what it takes to get you down range and on target.

PROS:
  • FMC optics
  • Glass-etched reticle
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Dual illumination
  • Weatherproof

CONS:
  • Short eye relief
  • Heavy

This red dot is on the larger side for a prism scope weighing 17.3 oz and is 5.75 x 2.4 x 2.95″ in size.  It may be bulky, but it has a lot to provide.  Contributing to the weight is the 3.9x fixed magnification with a 34 mm objective lens.

Setting itself apart from other red dots, it has dual illumination with both red and green with an adjustable brightness setting.  The PR41 features the APSR 41 reticle that has a .5 MOA center dot surrounded by a complete circle.  The ballistic bullet drop reticle features hashmarks to get on point for stretching the distance.

But, seeing the reticle and entire FOV may take some getting used to with the short 3.2″ eye relief.  When you find your sweet spot within the eye box, you’ll appreciate the FMC optics to give a bright sight picture down the tube.

Shock, fog, and waterproof, it’ll hold zero while no amount of rain can ruin your parade.  Adding to durability is a reticle that’s been laser-etched into the glass and a one-piece chassis made from aircraft aluminum.

 

Athlon Rangefinder Review

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tt-table__imageMidas 1200Y
  • Yard Range: 1200 Yards
  • Angle Compensation: Yes
  • Price Range: Under $200
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Athlon cuts the nonsense and only offers up rangefinders that will make a true difference in the many unpredictable terrains your next hunt will take you.  For that, you’ll need both line of sight and true horizontal distance measuring systems.

To maximize cartridge potential or to determine if that buck is within shooting range, you’ll need a rangefinder that can reach the distance.  To serve as a practical and effective tool, you’ll need a compact and lightweight build.

The optic that fits the bill – the Athlon Midas.

 

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Midas 1200Y Tan Review

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  • Angle compensation mode- provides true horizontal distance to target
  • Line of sight mode-provides Actual line of sight range
  • Scan mode-allows you to get quick readings on different objects or tracking a moving target

Why mess around with less capable rangefinders when you can equip yourself with a Midas 1200Y?  Don’t let the low price tag deceive you into thinking it’s a basic rangefinder.  This Athlon has it all.

PROS:
  • Price
  • Angle compensation
  • FMC optics
  • Tripod adaptable
  • 1200-yard range

CONS:
  • Non-illuminated display

With an LCD screen, there’s no available illuminated reticle to boost visibility in low light – bummer.  However, you still have 1200 yards to laser shoot highly reflective targets and 600 to deer.

To make accurate shots from inclines or declines like steep ridges or from a tree stand, you need to know the angle compensated distance.  With no math to be done in the field, the Midas 1200Y does it for you.  Aim and shoot to know the true horizontal distance so your shot doesn’t count as a miss or ill-placed.

With 6x magnification, it’ll be easier to hold free-hand and steady, but it’s tripod adaptable if you want a stable setup to reach those once unreachable distances.

Waterproof, a diopter, rubber armor, dual measuring modes (yards or meters) and a Scan Mode complete the available features on the Midas.  See, it does have it all!

 

About Athlon Optics

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Where Are Athlon Optics Made?

Athlon manufactures their optics in both Japan and China with Athlon’s spec requirements.  The top-of-the-line Cronus series of products are made in Japan.

 

How Good is the Athlon Optics Warranty?

The Athlon Lifetime Warranty is on par with the best optics brands you can think of.  It’s transferable and your optic is covered for life, no receipt or registration necessary.

Deliberate misuse, theft, loss, damage, and alterations including repairs outside of Athlon is not covered and may void the warranty.

 

How to Contact Athlon Optics? 

Athlon is an approachable brand that provides an email, contact form, phone number, and mailing address on their website.  They’re also present on social media platforms that includes YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

Is Athlon Optics a Customer First Company? 

Athlon takes great pride in being a customer first company.  This is evident through their many contact mediums, social media presence, and their Gold Medal Lifetime Warranty that is on par with the best optics warranties available in the industry.

Additionally, Athlon features a blog with instructional and informative articles, they encourage users and buyers to share their experiences, and they offer promotional giveaways to customers who upload pictures of their Athlon optics or groupings with their targets.

 

Who Owns Athlon Optics?

Athlon Optics is a U.S. company and manufacturer of sports optics and accessories based out of Olathe, Kansas.  They were founded in 2014 and are independent from any parent company subsidiary relationships.

 

Does Athlon Optics Offer a Military Discount?

To date, there are no available military, law enforcement, or first responder discounts offered through Athlon.  However, you may qualify for this type of discount through Athlon authorized dealers and retailers online and on the shelves nationwide.

 

What Optics does Athlon Make? 

Athlon manufactures rifle scopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes; laser rangefinders, red dot sights, and prism scopes.  They also offer magnifiers and optics accessories that includes a tripod adapter, binocular harness, and scope accessories.

 

Does Athlon Optics Sell Clothing? 

Athlon sells brand-name gear that includes beanies, caps, t-shirts, hoodies, and more. Check it all out here.

 

What does Athlon BTR stand for? 

BTR is a common acronym found on many Athlon optics.  It indicative of an optic with an illuminated reticle – Bright Reticle.

 

Do Athlon Products Include Accessories? 

Yes.  Almost, if not all, Athlon optics include additional accessories from lens caps, carry cases, cleaning cloths, instructional manuals, and straps.  Rings are not included with rifle scopes.

 

Does Athlon have Good Glass?

The Cronus line of optics are manufactured in Japan with Japanese glass.  All other optics are manufactured in China and are inspected at their Kansas facility.  Glass quality has been highly praised as worthwhile feature of Athlon products.

 

What type of Materials are Athlon Optics made from?

Athlon optics are made with either magnesium, aluminum alloy, or polymer composite materials.  One-piece body construction is a standard feature for rifle scopes and red dot sights.  To provide waterproof and fogproof protection to optics, argon gas is the most commonly used gas by the brand with nitrogen reserved for the entry level models.

 

Satisfy Your Optic Needs with an Athlon

Hungry for better optical quality, but you’re conscious of the bill?  Eat your heart out with the most popular Athlon optics in our lineup.

The common theme with all optics we reviewed is the low price for what you get.  We see the high-end features, the happy buyer reviews, and the specs to judge the skeleton and meat of the optic.  Athlon continues to deliver a high value to cost ratio and that is worthy of positive attention in our books.

With an Athlon on the menu, you’ll leave satisfied with the quality, warranty, and price – there’s no better feeling than buyer satisfaction.

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