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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 10:55   #1
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Kite KSP80HD

I found some threads here on the earlier SP82ED while this KSP seems to have been around since 2010 at least.

Manufacturer's page with specs: https://kiteoptics.com/en/nature/product/40/ksp-80-hd/

package with the 25-50w

I stumbled upon these due to a scope comparison (pdf) by BF member Gijs van Ginkel, here in English version pdf, where it did very very well amongst alpha scopes like Swaro ATM80hd, Nikon EDG, Leica and Kowa 883 (which fared less than usual).

So I'm wondering if BF users have experienced this scope, if it's really that good.

And how does it compare to the more affordable SP 82 ED?

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Old Tuesday 17th September 2019, 20:37   #2
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I haven't seen the Kite KSP80HD, but it appears to be nearly if not totally identical to the Brunton ICON scope I reviewed here. The new Vortex Razor and Maven scopes also appear to use the same basic Kamakura design as the Kite/Brunton scopes. I also reviewed the Zeiss Gavia, which appears to be at least a close relative of this group.

Neither the Brunton nor the Zeiss comes very close to the optical quality of the Nikon Monarch I reviewed. The Nikon compares favorably to the very best of the Alpha class scopes.
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