Redfield Rampage Spotting Scope Review
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- Near-bulletproof body
- Bright and crisp images
- Excellent field of view
- Slight amount of image shift when zooming to maximum magnification
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What Comes in the Box?
The first question to ask is what you get for your money. The Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope comes with everything you need for the range or for hunting, and we mean everything. The following items are included in the box:
- The Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope
- View-through case with strap
- Soft storage case
- Eyepiece and objective covers
The included accessories are, for the most part, built with great attention to detail. The view-through case is fantastic for those times when you are using your spotting scope in inclement weather, even though the spotting scope is both waterproof and fogproof. The soft storage case comfortably nestles the spotting scope when it is not in use, and the eyepiece and objective covers snap on securely but are easily removed. The tripod is a different story altogether. To be honest, better tripods are easily found, and Redfield could have included one without impacting the price of the scope. The included tripod is very shaky, and is only moderately better than holding the spotting scope by hand. I’ve ended up tossing out the included tripod and just using a camera tripod instead.
What’s the Magnification of the Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope
The Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope has magnification from 20X to 60X, and images are crisp and clear at all powers. Zooming the view is easy with the front knob, and the spotting scope provides an excellent image with plenty of brightness and contrast no matter how far in you zoom. The only downside is a touch of image shift when you adjust the zoom to the maximum magnification, but this shift does not affect the usability of the spotting scope in the slightest.
For viewing close-up objects, the 60mm objective lens on the Redfield Rampage will allow you to focus on objects as close as 19.8 feet away. Field of view with this spotting scope is roughly above average, giving you 114 feet of view from 1,000 yards at 20X magnification and 51 feet of view from 1,000 yards with 60X magnification. Sure, you can find spotting scopes with a wider field of view at those magnifications, but such scopes will cost at least two to three times the cost of the Rampage.
How Easy is the Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope to Use?
Using the Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope is truly an exercise in simplicity. The zoom and focus wheels turn smoothly, but with just enough friction to prevent you from accidentally bumping them out of your preferred view and focus. The spotting scope has a standard tripod mount on the bottom that works with any camera tripod or window mount, making the scope exceptionally easy to set up for others to enjoy the views you find.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Spotting Scope?
This spotting scope has fully multi-coated lenses with BaK–4 prisms, so the scope has fantastic light gathering capabilities. The twilight factor on this scope is excellent, ranging from 34.6 to ~60, depending on zoom settings. I’ve used this spotting scope in early morning hours, and found it to work beautifully for spotting deer, birds, and other wildlife during their earliest (or sometimes latest) waking hours. For use in bright sunlight, a retractable lens shade makes the spotting scope very easy to use without glare.
How Are the Optics and Focus on This Spotting Scope?
Optics and focus are quite good for the economical price of the scope. Redfield has spared little expense in providing you with the top quality optics you might find in a spotting scope. From the use of premium BaK–4 glass prisms to the fully multi-coated optics, the spotting scope is built along the same design demands as Leupold’s spotting scopes, but at half the price. The air-to-glass surfaces of the optics are all treated with multiple layers of coating, and the eye relief is next to perfect at 14–17 mm. Focus is crisp and clear, but the image does experience a slight amount of image shift at maximum magnification. Some users have reported fuzziness and blurry images at maximum magnification, but I’ve been unable to replicate this problem.
What’s the Housing Like on the Spotting Scope?
Redfield has built the Rampage from lightweight materials, so the entire unit is a mere 37 ounces. The scope is not exactly something you would hold by hand to use, but you certainly could do so. It has just enough texture on the housing and ridges along the back bottom of the housing to allow a firm grip. The best way to use this spotting scope, however, is with either a pistol grip or a tripod, both of which mount securely to the included standard tripod mount. The zoom knob and focus wheel both have excellent stippling to allow you to securely turn them without your hands slipping, even when you are wearing gloves or have slippery hands.
How Durable is the Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope?
The Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope is made from the same material as bulletproof glass, polycarbonate, and is very durable and rugged. For an extra layer of protection, you can add on the see-through cover to protect the spotting scope from scrapes and bumps, but I’ve put my own Rampage through its paces with many bumps and drops, and it still works as perfectly as the day I first unboxed it. The spotting scope features O-ring sealed lenses and a nitrogen-charged optics chamber. This means the Redfield Rampage 20–60x60mm Spotting Scope is both waterproof and fogproof, allowing you to use the scope just as well in bad weather as in good weather.