Re: Long Range Hunting Scope
I had used a 24X Leupold for many years but found that the limited field of view and lack of ability to see into dark areas (in the shade of heavy trees) made this scope a real handicap.
I much prefer the 8.5X25 Leupold (or6.5X20) because you can turn the power DOWN. It also helps with reducing apparent heat mirage.
As for brightness or clarity, I have never made a direct comparison but have not been disappointed when switching to the big variables.