How refreshing to have a thorough review of so many products, by someone WITH experience, and WITHOUT an axe to grind!
I hadn't thought that segmentation within the scope market would happen $25 increments. I found it very interesting to see the "break" in performance levels at $175.00. Naturally, I'm now really curious to see where the next plateau is: $225? $250? $300? And of course that brings the question of, "what does another $25/$50/$100 get me over this level of scope?". See what ingrates we are? You do all of this hard work, & we give you more questions than you gave us answers!
I'd also like to express thanks for including the Barska in the test. With all the buzz about the amazing Chinese binos in the past year, I was eager to see if this scope could hang with the others. I suppose I'm a bit surprised that it was never in the running. I've never been inclined to look at one, but that's because I've looked through them & found them wanting. Rather, I've considered the owners I've met, & determined there wasn't a whole lot of discernment involved when the scope was purchased.