I have 3 different Nikko Stirling scopes.
The first is a wee little 4 x 28 that is about a thousand years old. It sorta works.
One is a Gold Crown 6 x 42, that my daughter bought for me, that I have mounted on my rimfire. Its adequate for bunny busting but it really is an economy scope...no bells and whistles and barely functional in low light.
The other is a Nikko Stirling Platinum 3.5 - 10 x 45 Wide Angle. I have this one mounted on my .243 Weatherby Vanguard. Now this one is a much better scope than the Gold Crown but I don't believe it is as good as a Leopold VX -1, well certainly not in low light. I use it day and night and have no problems with it, although it is an earlier model than those shown on the NS website. For my money they are a good value scope and I would buy another.
|I can't get past that huge honkin' focus wheel, which looks like a candidate for snagging anything within arm's reach.|
Phil.....the big wheel is removable so it isn't an issue.
|Spend your money wisely....|
I have to agree with Wilswalker though. I think the VX-1, and know the VX-2, is a better option.
As someone said in the BINOCULARS thread.....with optics you get what you pay for and price is a pretty good indication of quality. At the end of the day it all comes down to the best you can afford or justify.