20-60X80mm Bushnell Legend Ultra HD (Angled) Spotting Scope

legend-ultra-hd-20-60x80-45Viewing Configuration: Angled
Magnification: 20-60X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: No
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 80 mm
Close Focus Distance: 35 feet
Length: 16.5 inches
Weight: 80.8 ounces
Field of View: 110-51 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 18 mm/ 4-1.3 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BaK-4
Focus System: Focus Knob/Dual Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching

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Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Spotting Scope Review

This Legend Ultra HD 20-60X80 45 spotting scope has it all from fully multi-coated optics, ED glass, and RainGuard to dual focus control, an angled design, and a sleek look.

Out of all the available Legend Ultra HD models, this 20-60X80 won out by a long shot. It has a very solid reviewer base online and a solid rating to go with it. There is a reason we have listed it as one of our favorites.

If the ratings aren’t obvious why I chose to feature it, then perhaps you need to read our Q&A!

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • 2-speed dual focus
  • For low light use
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Excellent Bushnell warranty
CONs:
  • Heavy

 

Legend Ultra HD 20-60X80 45 Q&A:

What does 45 degrees mean on a spotting scope?

That 45 that’s listed in the name of the Legend Ultra HD spotting scope means that it has the angled design.

The eyepiece is set at a 45 degree angle for viewing. It’s mostly convenient for when it’s mounted to a tripod and people of different heights are using the same spotting scope.

It’s also convenient for when you’re viewing targets in the sky or when you’re looking high up a hill or steep cliff from the bottom for game. The angle you need to bend your neck backwards is significantly more comfortable than the angle you need to attain with a straight spotting scope. For more information on the advantages and disadvantages of each spotting scope style check out the article Straight VS Angled Spotting Scope Design & Other Features to Consider.

 

What is Bushnell’s ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion glass?

Bushnell used to have a page where it explained all their technologies for their customers, but unfortunately, it’s blank. So, it’s up to me to explain it to you all.

Extra-Low Dispersion glass is made up of elements that ensure you get the clearest, brightest, and highest-quality image possible by a few things.

Things like bubble-free or low bubble-count glass, fluoride, grinding, finishing, and polishing processes that all affect how pristine of an image you will see. And, this produces an HD-like image with little image distortion and aberrations.

ED glass is supposed to keep light loss at a minimum while keeping the spectrum of lightwaves meeting at the same focal point to reduce light dispersion. If it can achieve that, you don’t have what’s called chromatic aberrations, probably more likely known to you as color fringing.

Long story short – it’s a popular and fancy glass technology used on higher end optics for a better, clearer, and sharper image.

 

What is the 2-speed dual focus controls?

This is your main focus control knob. Like most dual focus controls, the course and fine adjustments are located on the same knob, but its functions are split into two.

The course control is on the inside, closest to the body of the scope. Turn this dial to get the image focused on the target at rapid speed. And, for even finer adjustments, rotate the outer piece of the dial.

 

What is RainGuard HD?

Bushnell’s RainGuard technology is a water-repellent lens coating. When it sprinkles and rains during the hunt, water will usually break up and disperse over the objective lens interrupting image quality.

But, when the lenses have been treated with RainGuard, the external coating acts as a repellent causing water to bead up instead of breaking up. Water drips off the lens and your image is free and clear once again.

Another consequential benefit of RainGuard HD is how easy lens cleaning maintenance becomes. With the non-stick coating, spray residues, fingerprints, oil, smudges, and other sticky messes can be easily wiped off.

 

Would the Legend Ultra HD be a good field scope for a hunt?

With a dual focus control, RainGuard HD technology, ED Prime glass, and 20-60X magnification, it would be an excellent optical accessory for a hunt, more so if you’re a hunter that sets up in specific spots for most of your hunting session.

But, for hunters that have miles yet to hike, that do a lot of tracking and trailing, and that need more of a compact, free-hand identification tool, this is not going to be very convenient.

It’s 16.5 inches long, but it’s a mammoth 80.1 ounces! That’s 5 pounds! Now, that is some serious poundage you’d be toting around. So, what is this scope excellent for?

Use at the shooting range. The bulk of the reviews were from people sighting in, spotting their bullet strikes from long distances, and some nature observers got some excellent use out of it too.

 

Is this a good low light spotting scope?

This spotter is one of the best Bushnell spotting scopes on the market because it has a large exit pupil for a spotter. Its exit pupil is 4-1.3 mm.

Combine the exit pupil with fully multi-coated optics and ED prime glass and you’ll have an extremely clear and bright picture after the sun starts to set.

 

Can it range beyond 1000 yards?

The optical quality of this spotting scope is excellent… on paper. Its ranging distance is that of a few miles. Being able to focus in on delicate details of your target at such distances is largely due to the dual focus.

But, beyond being able to see a target the size of a bull elk from a mile away, is the need to be able to see something as small as a .30 round from a few hundred yards.

Can it do it? Absolutely. But, this scope’s strength actually lies in the higher power range for long distance glassing.

 

Is there a straight Legend Ultra HD 20-60X80 spotting scope?

No, there’s only the 45 degree angled 20-60X80 model. But, if you like the Ultra HD and the straight design, there are other models in the mid-level series.

There’s the 12-36X50 in angled and straight and then there’s also the 15-45X60 in straight.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Fully multi-coated optics for highest rate of light transmission
  • Porro Prism design for ultimate optical performance
  • ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion glass to correct for color fringing
  • 2-Speed Dual Focus Control Knob for fast target acquisition and fine adjustments
  • Sold with soft carry case
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Center locking ring for rotational, angled viewing
  • Backed by Bushnell’s No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty Promise

 

Our Verdict

The scoop on the scope is, the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 20-60×80 spotter is an excellent buy for the money. It has a ton of premium features that enhances its optical quality and performance. However, there’s no getting around the fact that this beauty is a heifer. It might be too heavy to track and hike with on a hunt. For a slimmer spotter with the same optical specs, you might want to think about dishing out more cash.

The Bushnell Elite 20-60X80 packs a heck of a punch when it comes to price. However, you’ve still got that 20-60X60 optical quality except this one only weighs 3 lbs instead of 5 lbs. If the extra dollar signs are worth the poundage cuts, then hike, glass, and spot to your heart’s content with this scope!

For precise optical quality at all levels of the power range, the Nikon ProStaff 3 16-48x60mm does it well. No complaints on the image quality here. However, it doesn’t cater to fine adjustments like the Legend Ultra does!

The bottom line is, Bushnell really knows how to bring technology into a shooter’s and birder’s world. If you want your spotting to count, count on Bushnell!

 

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