The view of what you’re aiming at should be one of the more important considerations for your riflescope, after basic reliability requirements are met. This is met mainly through quality of glass and quality of coatings. Cheap rifle scopes will come with no coating or a single coating on some surfaces. Better scopes will come “multicoated” where the coating is better and had been applied to some of the glass surfaces. Better scopes still will come “fully multicoated”, where all glass surfaces have had light transmission enhancing coatings applied. Quantifying quality of glass and coatings after that becomes difficult (but not impossible). In any case, the Bushnell Elite Tactical 10X40 is fully multicoated, which makes it a pretty good bargain at this price point. I found the picture to be brighter and sharper than my Bushnell 3-9X40, which is pretty similar in construction except for the fully multicoated aspect.
This riflescope has no close competitors. There are some Tasco’s in the lower quality/pricepoint, some Leupolds in a higher pricepoint, and a few other military suppliers at the much higher end, but almost nothing going head to head with the Bushnell Tactical Elite 10X40. If you use the scope as intended, and don’t try to use it on your every day deer blaster, it will serve its purpose just fine.
Thanks for reading my review of the Barska 10x40 Blackhawk Monocular. This monocular might not have matched the product description that I was expecting, but it has still proven to be a surprisingly useful little monocular. It's hard to move past not getting what you expected, and I probably should have just returned it for a refund, but hey...I review these things, so I figured I might as well pass along the information to you, my faithful reader!
The black 10x40 Blackhawk Monocular from Barska combines portability and weatherproofing into a versatile lightweight optic. This configuration of the Blackhawk monocular features 10x magnification, a 60° wide-angle apparent field of view, and multicoated lenses with BK-7 roof prisms. Complementing the optical path is a weather-sealed housing that delivers fogproof and waterproof performance. Diamond patterned non-slip rubber armoring, ergonomic finger rests, and a long 17mm eye relief makes the 10x40 Blackhawk a well-equipped pocket monocular for quick glassing on the go.