Leupold Sx-1 Ventana 2 Spotting Scope – 15-45x60mm Straight Gray-Black
- Leupold model #170755 SX-1 Ventana 2 15-45x60mm – Straight
- 100% waterproof, Fog proof, & shockproof
- Guard-ion lens coating sheds water, dirt, and fingerprints for a clear, crisp image
- Twilight Light Management System adds up to 10 extra minutes of glassing light
- Folded light Path technology helps achieve a compact, lightweight design
- Features an extremely smooth focusing system for fine adjustments
- Generous Eye relief for comfortable extended viewing
- Built-in 1/4-20 tripod adapter port
The SX-1 Ventana 2 delivers the performance promised by its streamlined looks.
True-to-life color, outstanding image brightness, and edge-to-edge clarity are all there, along with your choice of a straight or angled eyepiece and other high-performance features.
Where lesser spotting scopes’ performance drops off, the SX-1 Ventana 2 picks up and pushes even farther.
Specification: Leupold Sx-1 Ventana 2 Spotting Scope – 15-45x60mm Straight Gray-Black
5 x 14.3 x 6 inches, 3.46 pounds
3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
8 reviews for Leupold Sx-1 Ventana 2 Spotting Scope – 15-45x60mm Straight Gray-Black
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Mark Newman, MD –
TERRIFIC scope! 45x is plenty. Most people with x60 scopes rarely use more than x40 power so I decided to go for this smaller, lighter scope. We used it on wolves in Yellowstone this week at distances of 1/2 to 1 mile. This scope is tack sharp. I was able to compare to Swarovski, Vortex and Nikon and this Leupold seems just as sharp at a fraction of the price. The amount of eye relief is generous, even better than some of the Swarovskis I looked through. That makes it easy to use this scope while wearing glasses.
Leupold Ventana SX2 15-45 x 60Wanted a smaller budget scope for wildlife and scenery viewing priced around the $300 range; if you are fussy about optics and want something bright, clear and with decent eye relief, this is the one to get. Tested out some makes from Bushnell, Vortex, Barska, Celestron and all have their compromises at this price point.The Leupold’s image clarity and brightness holds up very well from 15x to 35x magnification; pushing magnification into the 40x or even maxing it out at 45x will obviously see some degradation in brightness but image clarity is still quite good and viewable. This was the biggest difference between the Leupold and its competitors; most scopes are quite useless beyond mid magnification in this price range. Of all the scopes I have tested, the Barska’s quality was the worst; of the 2 Barska scope I tried out and promptly returned, workmanship and QC was spotty at best. The others just couldn’t hold a decent image with anything approaching 40x zooms.The Leupold’s color rendition was also marginally better than the others, but I wouldn’t say it was that big of a difference in this area. Chromatic aberration was nicely controlled and there was minimal discoloration of the images even at the higher magnification. Ultimately being able to hold brightness, clarity and natural coloration is the name of the game here, and the Leupold really held its own in these 3 categories.Eye relief was also consistently better with the Leupold; Celestron and Barska scopes in this price range registered the worst. Even at 45x I never felt images were pin-holed or difficult to view, I also wear prescription glasses and the viewing images through the Leupold is not an issue even at the higher magnification.Physically the scope is nicely made and all adjustment knobs are smooth to rotate with good tactile feel. I purchased the angle version and the scope is mounted on my Amazon tripod sitting in my living room balcony. Not exactly a big buck set up but the scope is primarily used for wildlife, scenery, city and the occasional celestial viewing. A huge portion of my viewing is even done during dawn/dusk lighting conditions and this Leupold performs well.Ultimately this is a very nice budget scope with more than acceptable image quality for $279. If you want something a little better, you’ll have to probably cough up another $100 to $150 for some of the smaller Bushnell or Vortex glass with ED coating. Just don’t think you can do any better in this price range.Happy with my purchase and shipping time was as promised by the vendor. Scope even arrived 2 days early and the packaging was average. Recommended product and I would buy again from this vendor.
If you are a fan of Leupold optics, you will not be disappointed with this scope. The glass is clear, the scope is nice but it does not rotate on it’s mounting axis (a negative). The Leupold warranty on this is not so good. You drop it and you are out of luck as accidental damage is not covered.The case is nice, and the tripod is adequate. I’d put my money into a Spotting Scope with EDHD glass first, and look for one that will rotate on it’s mounting axis. Buy a soft case for it like the “Snugfit” sold on Amazon. If you want something a bit nicer, I’d opt for the Creedmoorsports spotting scope cover. Bottom line….This is a nice entry level scope, but you may find yourself wanting something a little nicer after using it.
Disregard the only other review of this product if you are TRUELY knowledgeable of Leupold optics and other long range viewing optics.As he wrote: “If you are a fan of Leupold optics, you will not be disappointed with this scope.” I own a Leupold VXII 3-9x scope. The clarity of that scope at 9x is better than this scope at 15x.This product is not useful at the range or for hunting if you plan on viewing detail at distances. At the range, viewing holes on target at 300yds is the limit. Beyond that clarity is not sufficient.The first day I used the tripod the vertical adjust knob broke clean off, making it useless.Conclusion: pay a bit more money for a Vortex or pay a lot more for a good Leupold.This is a big disappointment because I have had great Leupold products in the past.
Nom De Plume –
I compared this to Bushnell equivalent and it was much brighter and clearer. The real test comes at dusk or dawn and its performance was not comparable to a cheap hundred dollar Porro prism bino. It was much brighter than either two of them.If I had to choose between a Bushnell and this I would, however, choose this one.The Leupold was much clearer and brighter then the Bushnell spotting scope but both were still no match for the cheap Porro prism binocular at dawn or dusk. I seem to find roof prisms harder to focus then porro prism binos for some reason or another.The case (to hold them) of the Bushnell was much preferable and modern looking. The tripod also was better than the Leupold and less complicated to setup. However, both tripods would do the job for a “quickie” better-then-nothing way.Note: In bright sunlight, almost any good bino or spotting scope will work well within its design constraints and give good performance.
This is an awesome combo for the occasional range warrior and hunter. I was nervous about purchasing the lowest range optic in the Leupold spotting lineup but I’m very happy. For my use (100 yard bench shooting) this works excellent.
Alan Burn –
The quality of the glass is exceptional! This is one of those things that you “get what you pay for “. Buy a cheaper scope and you’ll regret it!!
Michelle Ruhlig –
My husband loves this and uses it frequently