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New Athlon spotter with reticle


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  • Jun 24, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Athlon may have cracked the code - ED Glass, reticle and what will hopefully be under $1k street price. The only thing that is disappointing is the weight.. 4lbs!


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    Jan 24, 2006
    Old Bethpage NY



    Whether you are a long range shooter, hunter or part of a sniper team, the new Cronus Tactical 7-42×60 Spotting Scope with our ranging reticle will make your job a breeze. The TSSR FFP MIL reticle is great for both range estimation and tactical cooperation with the shooter. Feature rich from tip to tip, this is an optic that will not be left behind. The unique patented design of a high riser mount will allow you to mount your Athlon Laser Rangefinders on the top and tilt it to co-witness with your spotting scope.

    This Cronus Tactical Spotting Scope 7-42×60 Model has TSSR first focal plane mil reticle in it. Please click this link for detailed reticle instruction manual


    Aprochromatic Lens System Apochromatic lense system gives you the result of images which have greater contrast, sharpness and color definition
    ED Glass ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings an ultimate clearest and sharpest image to your eyes
    Aluminum Alloy Chassis Aluminum Alloy chassis protects the lens system from the harshest elements you may encounter
    XPL Coating XPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches
    Advanced Fully Multi-Coated Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.
    Argon Purged Argon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .
    Waterproof Waterproof to protects the binocular in the harshest weather conditions or if accidentally submerged underwater
    Tactical Accessorized Readiness Embedded Picatinny Rail base mount allows you to add on your tactical accessories effortlessly
    Patented High Riser Mount Patented High Riser Mount allows you to mount and adjust your Athlon Laser Rangefiner to co-witness with your Cronus Tactical Spotting Scope


    Magnification 7-42
    Objective Lens Diameter 60 mm
    Apochromatic Lens System Yes
    XPL Coating Yes
    ED Glass Yes
    Lense Coating Advanced Fully Multi-Coated
    Field of View 1000YDS 284-47.6 ft
    Exit Pupil 5.2-1.43 mm
    Eye Relief 30 mm
    Close Focus 10′
    Dimension (LxW) 13.9"X3.2"
    Weight 65.8 oz

    I can't wait till SHOT to see one and report back :)

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  • Sep 17, 2004
    Florence, CO
    Yeah - this almost has to be the Shrubnell OEM. Which isn't a bad thing. Also looks like the pricing is decent.

    USMC 308

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    Apr 13, 2003
    Central TX
    Hope it's executed better than the Bushnell. I've read reviews fraught with disappointment. I do like the 2 Cronus BTR's that I currently own and will probably pick up an Ares ETR in the summer. I'll also recommend AthlopOpticsGuy here on the Hide for anyone thinking about trying Athlon.


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  • Oct 5, 2017
    Not a surprise considering Athlon is made up of former Bushnell employees/engineers.

    Most of engineering is done by the chinese these days not just for Athlon but for many other brands ,Athlon just sets the specs they would like to see designs the reticles to incorporate and at best works on mainly on industrial design -> exterior looks not internals , branding and packaging .

    Most of their bottom to middlle range doesnt even have much in terms of exterior design as they are just like chinese 'originals' with minimal generic features like turet knobs and similar.
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    Feb 21, 2013
    That's pretty cool! I'm interested, I have one of the Bushnell's without the reticle, it's not bad, but would love the reticle.


    Lt. Colonel
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    Mar 16, 2008
    none of your business
    I fiddled with this new spotter quite a bit "the prototypes at Shot" It turned out very good I think!

    This scenario would happen frequently and it was hard to show everyone because the booth was almost constantly busy...

    The Cronus Tactical is a lot like a regular FFP scope in that it has a diopter adjustment which "focuses the reticle" at the very end of the eyepiece. So what would happen is 5 out of 10 guys who looked through it would pretend that they liked it, with a "uh what's up with this scope expression" while peering through it. I'd walked over to them and would say, hey there, you won't be able to appreciate the glass or the reticle unless you focus the reticle with this dial here. Ah, I get it now they would say or at least I could see their expression changing to mean that. Once they did that the smile would come.