Priced at $499, LUCID’s new SC9 Compact Spotting Scope is a reasonably priced and extremely competent alternative to large-format spotters that can weigh you down in the field. Measuring only 8.25 inches in length and weighing only 21 oz., the SC9 offers a host of user friendly features and excellent optical performance. Magnification range is adjustable from 9X to 27X via a ribbed rubber adjustment ring mounted just below the 20mm ocular lens, with a large, ribbed rubber focus ring just forward of the tripod mount. Focus range is ten feet to infinity. Its features a one-piece, machined aluminum body that is partially rubber armored, a large 56mm objective lens, oversized rubber eye piece with ocular focus, BaK4 prism, FBMC multi-coated ED glass lenses a and 1/4” x 20 tripod mount. It is waterproof for continual submersion, nitrogen purged to prevent fogging and comes with LUCID’s limited lifetime warranty. It provides 92% light transmission, with eye relief from 14mm to 17mm depending on magnification and an exit pupil diameter of 7mm. During testing we found resolution, edge-to-edge clarity, color fidelity and contrast all surprisingly good for a low-priced spotter. Contact LUCID, Dept. OT; Tel. (307) 840-2160: Web: