Barska Colorado 20-60×60 Spotting Scope Review (Waterproof)

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barska colorado 20-60x60 wp spotting scopeViewing Configuration: Straight
Magnification: 20-60X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: No
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 60 mm
Close Focus Distance: 26 feet
Length: Not Listed
Weight: Not Listed
Field of View: 106.5-46.9 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 14.5-11.2 mm/ 3-1 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully-Coated
Glass: BK7
Focus System: Focus Knob/Single Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Long Distance Birdwatching, Lunar Observations

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Barska 20-60X60 Spotting Scope Review

This Colorado 20-60X60 spotting scope has fully coated optics and BK7 Porro prism glass. It’s also fully waterproof and fog proof, has the straight design, and a nicely grooved zoom dial.

Once you hear how many reviews this Colorado has, there will be no doubt why we opted to review this spotter. It has hundreds and hundreds of reviews online and it’s still maintaining a fantastic rating.

It was a tough pick between this one and the other Colorado 20-60X60. But, the huge review base was the tie-breaker. However, don’t be disappointed if you wanted to know about its counterpart too, I’ll include comparison details of the two for a thorough Barska Colorado spotting scope review.

So, if you’re ready to dig into the details of the twin scopes, here’s the Q&A.

  • Price
  • Weatherproof construction
  • Pan-Head tripod included
  • Straight body
  • Fully coated lenses

  • Short eye relief


Colorado 20-60X60 Q&A:

What is the product number for this Barska Colorado?

Because there are three straight design 20-60X60 Colorado spotting scopes to distinguish between, this is a very good question!

The product number for this particular Colorado is CO11502.

Its counterpart that will be mentioned in this review is CO11216.

If you have a visual of the two scopes, the former one is black and somewhat bulky looking. The latter is Barska’s olive green shade that I think looks more streamlined and aesthetically-pleasing. But, the reviews have spoken to which they like better!


What is the field of view?

Because of the extremely high magnifications of spotting scopes, fields of views can’t be compared to binoculars or even rifle scopes. They’re typically somewhere near the 100 feet range.

This Colorado has a decent field of view of 106.5 feet at 1000 yards at its lowest power setting, 20X. At its highest, 60X, the field of view is reduced to 46.9 feet at 1000 yards.

The other Colorado had a field of view of 91 to 45 feet at the same power and distances.


What are BK7 prisms?

Both of these Colorado spotting scopes have been built with the Porro prism design with BK7 glass. BK7 is another term coined by Schott AG, and it’s a designation for a very common crown glass, borosilicate.

Although BAK4 is commonly touted for its seemingly superior optical qualities, BK7 is still an excellent source for high refractive index and dispersion rates. It’s also cheaper to manufacture which helps to keep overall costs down for you.

However, BK7 glass often loses more light in the optical pathway, bubble count is typically higher, and finishing and polishing processes aren’t administered with as much finesse as more expensive types of glass.

This can result in less clear glass and a squarish exit pupil with grey caps that affect the edges of the field of view while glassing.

It is worth learning more about the difference between BK7 and BAK 4 glass as it may help your decision making process easier..


Is it comfortable to glass with?

It’s not going to be as comfortable as you would hope it would be, especially if you wear glasses or if you like to keep your sun glasses on.

It has very short eye relief of 14.5 mm at 20X and 11.2 mm at 60X.

With short eye relief, expect to find it difficult to maintain a focused image, to see the entire field of view, and to experience eye exhaustion and discomfort while glassing for long periods of time. Should I also mention the “eyecup digging into your eye socket” syndrome?

The other Colorado scope has a little more forgiving eye relief of 18.1 mm at 20X and 15.2 mm at 60X.


What is the Limited Lifetime Warranty?

This is your standard warranty that will require Barska to repair or replace your spotting scope once they’ve inspected it and depending on your service requests.

They offer a 21 day refund policy, but then after those 21 days, you have to jump through a few hoops before you can even see a repaired scope or a replacement.

Here are some tips to help with the smokescreen of Barska’s warranty: inspect your scope immediately upon arrival, keep all packaging and paperwork, and most importantly, keep your receipt/proof of purchase.

You’ll also need to remember that you will be responsible for shipping costs and a standard processing fee to even have Barska look at the defective scope. Sometimes, this is even as much as 25 percent of the total cost of your scope!

Noteworthy Features:

  • 20-60X magnification, good to around 200 yards at the target range
  • Fully-Coated optics, Porro Prism Design, Straight Viewing Design
  • Fully waterproof and fogproof for use in all types of weather
  • Comes with Soft Carry Case and Pan Head Tripod
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty


Our Verdict On The Barska 20-60x60mm Spotting Scope

The scoop on the scope is, the Barska Colorado 20-60X60 WP is a cheap spotter that’ll exceed your expectations. You won’t have to pay a cent more for the entire package to get out on the range or the field today. However, if you wear glasses, you might want to pass it up for the Spotter Pro.

The Barska Spotter-Pro 22-66X80 WP scope maintains the higher magnification specs but with more forgiving eye relief. It will cost you in the price jump, but you’ll still get the entire package, a sexy, mossy oak finish, and 80 mm objective lens.

If you want to stick with the same low budget and similar optic specs as the Colorado, the Simmons ProSport 20-60x60mm spotting scope is definitely the most comparable option. It comes with quite a few freebies, and for a scope under 100 bucks, you’ll be more than pleased.

However, you can find variety within the Barska spotting scope line. Not even your budget can limit you here!

BARSKA 20-60x60 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope with Tripod
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BARSKA 20-60x60 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope with Tripod
  • 20x-60x zoom magnification
  • 100 percent waterproof and fogproof



Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.

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