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Athlon Midas 4.5-27×50 vs 2.5-15×50

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    For those who have tried both scopes, are they the same in terms of clarity? When i see this videos it looks like the 2.5-15 is noticeable clearer than the 4.5-27 even when you pause the video of the 4.5-27 at 15x aprox. and compare them. So, let’s put the case i set them both at 15x… does they look the same?

    Other cuestion, is the Athlon Ares clearer than the Midas?

    Thanks in advance

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    MY Argos tracks better than my vortex viper. lol

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    Hi Menttaliist, 
    I can answer your questions because I currently own two of the Midas 2.5-15×50 scopes, and I also previously owned a Midas 4.5-27×50 and an Ares 4.5-27×50. The two Midas scopes have equal clarity and if you set both of them on 15x they will be equal in all respects. (At least in all respects that the human eye can discern). There is no accounting for clarity or the lack thereof on a YouTube video…there being too many factors to control to be valid. So you should look at both scopes for yourself to make a true determination.

    The Midas scopes have the reticle in the second focal plane, whereas the Ares scopes have the reticle in the first focal plane. And yes I was immediately able to tell the Ares had higher quality glass! The Ares scope really blew my mind, but I let it go in favor of the Midas due to the fact that I am currently focused on long range target shooting, and find that the Midas reticle serves my purpose better than the Ares does because it remains much finer on higher magnification. And speaking of “higher magnification” … a while ago I decided that I don’t need more than 15x for my purposes, and so I let go of my Midas 4.5-27×50 in favor of the Midas 2.5-15×50. For example, I shoot at those little white cone paper cups at 120 yards on 15x and have no problem hitting them at will.

    I guess somewhere along the line in the last year I learned that when it comes to magnification, less is more better for me…especially when I am shooting standing offhand. I encourage others to ask themselves honestly just how much magnification they truly need for the rifle they are shooting, and for what they are shooting at. One last example of that would be that I recently bought a Bushnell Accelerate fixed 4x Prism Scope for my .25 Wildcat. I was hitting the same paper cups at 120 yards with the Bushnell 4x as I was minutes before with my Midas on 15x. So I tried shooting my Midas on 5x at 120 yards at the paper cups and could hit them no problem at all. For some reason I just seem to shoot more accurately on less magnification than I do on high magnification.

    Sorry if I sort of wandered off the subject M…I guess my mind just links all that together somehow. Good luck on your search for your perfect scope…I feel like I found mine.That’s not to say that I would turn down a Valdada IOR if Santa brought me one though! :)

    Best regards, Chuck

     

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    The search for the perfect scope is an exhausting task, you never get all the fetures you would like in one scope and you have to live with it (pretty hard for me tho). Or it’s to heavy, or too thin reticle, or low magnification, or bad tracking etc.etc
    That was a complete answer but for me magnification is important, i can’t shoot good groups at 50m with low mags, i’ve a 9x now and it’s almost impossibe so i would stick to the 4.5-27 if i decide to the Athlon. Just personal preference i think as it doesn’t bother me that much a 30yds parallax, most of the time i’m gonna be shooting much further than that anyways.
    If only Vortex released the Intrepid 4.5-22×50 with a mil configuration… that would be my go to scope i think.
    Thanks for your time, Manuel

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    Manuel, 
    AOA has designed and commissioned a scope they call the Aztec Emerald…I don’t have any personal experience with it but it has received several positive reviews on YouTube. I will say this much though – I really like the reticle, I really like the large diameter low profile turrets, and I really like the price at $400. If the glass is decent it could be a real winner…and I have to believe that AOA would not be involved with it if the glass wasn’t acceptable. It doesn’t have an illuminated reticle but that is not a feature that is used very often for some people. Maybe one of these would be an option for your needs?

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    The thing is i’m a metric guy so a mil reticle is pretty much a necessity. The Aztec seems to be a fairly good scope for the money but with MOA configurations. I’m not sure those turrets are really designed to be dialing very often, i haven’t found that much info about the turret tracking and acording to what Matt Dubber said in his video review they’re not really designed to be dialing in. As i said, just personal prefference

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    I understand completely… You know Joe Wayne Rhea swears by the swfa Scopes, maybe try one of those?

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    That’s another one that caught my eye, the tracking is spot on but the reticle is a bit thick for paper shooting accurately at 50m at 15x. As you’re starting to see i’m a fussy guy regarding scopes :)
    Even more when that particular scope is 700 bucks, thanks for your help tho.
    I’m saving every penny in order to get a nice scope but if when i have the money Vortex haven’t released the Intrepid with a mil configuration, i’ll stick to the Midas 4.5-27 then. Cheers

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