Barska WP Level Angled Spotting Scope (20-60X65mm)

level-20-60x65-wpViewing Configuration: Angled
Magnification: 20-60X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: No
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 65 mm
Close Focus Distance: 29.52 feet
Length: 15.75 inches
Weight: 39.2 ounces
Field of View: 72.45-30.45 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17-15 mm/ 3.1-1.1 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Focus System: Focus Knob/Single Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching

Our Rating: 4.6 Stars

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Barska Level Angled Spotting Scope Review

This Level Angled 20-60X65 scope has fully multi-coated optics and BAK4 prism glass all within an angled eyepiece system. It’s fully weatherproof, has a textured rubber body, and comes with a pan head tripod.

Well over a dozen reviewers have given this Level scope a rating, and it has an outstanding rating with many people giving it top marks.

As one of the pricier options that Barska offers, and one that has an excellent customer satisfaction rating, I was curious to see what all the hoo-haah is about.

If you expect to see some premium features here like I do, let’s hit the Q&A for confirmation of our suspicions.

PROs:
  • Price
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Complete accessories package
  • Textured shell
  • Angled body
CONs:
  • Unusable power range

 

Level Angled 20-60X65 Q&A:

What high-end features does this Level Angled scope have?

If you’re going to compare Barska’s high-end features with premium brands, you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment. But, there is a feature or two that is worthy of its more expensive price tag.

The Level scopes have fully multi-coated lenses with BAK4 prisms.

This is pretty much the best type of glass you’re going to get from Barska. It’s also the highest quality of glass discussed in most Barska spotting scope reviews, including this one.

 

What is BAK4 prism glass?

This is an indication of a premium scope since it has the higher quality glass. BAK4 is a term that stands for Barium Crown glass. And, although most people are familiar with BAK4 Schott glass, most of the time, BAK4 isn’t what you think it is.

There is also the Chinese BAK4 prism glass which is made out of phosphate crown glass which isn’t bad, but it’s not as flawless as premium Schott glass. It still has a higher refractive index rate and dispersion rate than BK7.

BAK4 prism glass loses less light light within the optical pathway from non-internal total reflections, and so your picture quality is going to be brighter, clearer, and sharper.

The edges of your field of view should be as crisp as your center image and your exit pupil should be a nice, round circle without any aberrations or capping.

 

What outdoor activities is this scope good for?

The high quality glass makes it an excellent option for most outdoor activities. But, even with its great coatings and BAK4 glass, it still has trouble providing sharp and clear images past 45X power.

But, for around $200, a light weight of 39.2 ounces, and a total length of 15.75 inches, it’s a decent option to take into the field with you for your hunt. At the shooting range, you can see up to about 200 yards clearly to see bullet placement. With good conditions, 300 yards would be doable.

 

Does it have a dual focus knob?

This would be a nifty premium feature, especially on a scope with 20-60X magnification. But unfortunately, there is no dual focus for it.

As you get closer to max power, it would be nice to be able to fine-tune the focus for sharper and clearer adjustments.

 

How do I use the pan head tripod?

There is a pan head tripod that comes in the package when you buy this Level spotting scope. It allows you to tilt, pan, and rotate on many angles and in many directions so that you can get a full view of your hunting area.

Pan head or video tripods are easy to use. Just attach the scope to the tripod mount and ensure it’s properly secured. Then use the handle on the tripod to rotate the spotting scope in whichever direction you want to use it in.

Noteworthy Features:

  • 20-60X magnification for long viewing ranging for general hunting activities
  • BAK4 Prisms with Fully Multi-Coated optics for highest possible light transmission for bright and clear images
  • Porro Prism Design, Angled Viewing Design
  • Fully waterproof and fogproof for use in all types of weather
  • Comes with Soft Carry Case and Hard Carry Case
  • Also comes with a convenient and easy to use Pan Head Tripod
  • Textured rubber armored body and built-in glare-reducing sunshade
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict

The scoop on the scope is, the Barska WP Level Angled 20-60×65 spotter is a decent unit if you’re only ranging out to about 45X. Past that, optical issues might present more than a few challenges. However, for the price and the optical quality up to 45X, you’ll be a happy camper.

If you decide you only want to pay for actual maximum power usage out of your spotting scope, the Barska Blackhawk 18-36×50 will be the way to go. The maximum magnification is almost half of what the Level Angled offers, but optical clarity won’t be an issue. Plus, you’ll be saving more than a few bucks in the bank while hauling them up in your truck!

For the same specs, the Simmons 20-60x60mm is a great alternative. While actual maximum power usage might present similar issues as the Level spotter, you won’t have to pay for it. The ProSport is cheaper, and it comes with all the fixings to get you hunting and glassing right this minute.

Barska provides entry level optics for entry level prices. For the quality they pump out, you can’t go wrong!

 

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