Well, I got back to the range today. I had much more time to check the scope out. I had a Leupy vx3, Zeis Conquest, and a couple of Nikons. My buddy runs Swarovski. So, without preamble I asked him to check out the scope. He looked through it a few minutes, shot a couple rounds, and says, " Pretty nice glass".
After playing with the scope a while, I determined the source of my perplexity. When the scope is on max power, eye position is critical. What threw me is, rather than making a black ring if your eye is out of position, the scope loses brightness, and clarity. Put your eye back in position and the image sharpens dramaticaly.
I could only see this happen at max power. Maybe this has something to do with the new "eye box" technology? You can use this scope with your eye offset significantly at all but max power. Rather than the typical eclipse when your eye alignment is off, you get blur.
So, I am once again a happy customer. While the glass is not on par with some of my other glass, it is still a fantastic value.