Re: new to optics topic
The adage you will hear on this forum is "buy once, cry once" which in your case means buy the best optics you can afford.
What's your intended you use for this scope? carry rifle? longrange rig?
If it's a carry-rifle, then spending a couple hundred is probably fine. If you're building a longrange rig, you will want to look more in the $800+ range.
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!