BigEclipse... I know you are looking for a good scope for the money and a lot of people have recommended Zeiss. I don't wish to diminish their experience with them, however, I also was thinking about a Zeiss recently because I love the glass, but an article from precisionrifleblog testing $1500+ scopes changed my mind, mainly due to its poor performance mechanically. They may have just got a bum scope... but it did sway my decision.
Tactical Scopes: Field Test Results Summary & Overall Scores | PrecisionRifleBlog.com
I ended up deciding on the Valdada and the Bushnell elite 3.5-21 h59 Found a good deal in a very lightly used bushnell that came with a Larue 111 and accuracy 1st level for $1250, so really, the scope cost me less than 1k.
I also have the Vortex Viper Pst FFP 6-24x50 and for the money... It's an outstanding scope but I have to admit that for the money... I'm glad I found that Bushnell.