This is an un-boxing and initial impressions review of the Zhumell 25-60x80mm Spotting Scope. The scope was purchased
from Binoculars.com for $228.41 shipped. This seems to be the same price other online retailers are offering the scope for. I was
in the market for a decent spotting scope but did not have the finances to afford a Kowa or better brand. I owned a Kowa
821n for several years and regretfully ended up having to sell it for financial reasons. After doing some searching I came
across mention of the Zhumell. However their very few reviews and photos online of the scope to help make the decision. This
review is my attempt to rectify this.
The Scope is a 25-60x80mm Spotting Scope the body is metal and the glass is bright and clear. The scope is quite heavy,
weighting in at 3.85lbs (the Kowa 821n weighs 3.25 lbs for reference). It features a removable 20-60x eyepiece which
appears very similar to some of the Vortex eyepieces. It has an 80mm objective lens, sun shade and rotating tripod mount.
It also includes a camo slip case that allows the scope to be used while covered. One small issue, the camo eye piece cover
of the slip case snaps on by two snaps and can be completely removed, this item should have a tether to prevent loss and I
will fashion one to prevent this.
I set the scope up on my tripod and began glassing around the neighborhood. The scope was very bright and clear and had
good eye relief up to about 40x and then you needed to get right on the eyepiece. The eyepiece has a rotating eye cup that
allows you to spin it up and set your eye relief at various magnifications. It has been about seven years since I had my
Kowa, but I recently looked through a shooters at the range and I must say that this Zhumell is close if not as good as the
Kowa. Across the field from my home is a house that I had previously milled out at 350yds. In the front of that house's yard
was a 10"x 10" sign asking people to "keep of the Grass" I could read this sign with no problem at all. Swinging the scope
to the right, I scoped a home some 200yds more distant and was able to read the 2" numbers above the door of the house
clearly, this milling out at 560yds. I have a cheaper 20x60x80mm scope that I had been using and was unable to see either
of these clearly enough to read them. I have yet to take this new scope to the range but I will add that data in this
location once I do.
Zhumell's site states, " this spotting scope is waterproof for all-weather capability, fog-proof to withstand quick
temperature changes, nitrogen-filled to handle cold-weather condensation, and is equipped with fully multi-coated lenses".
That said the physical construction seems very solid and well made. The metal housing is sturdy and gives you the feeling
of quality. One small review on this scope I read complained about the construction of the tripod base as it has a web
pattern supporting the tripod mounting threads. While I have not experienced any problems with this, I plan to fill the
voids with a metal epoxy putty. Zhumell offers a 3-year no-fault warranty on the scope.
Only time and use will tell. Once I take this to the range and see if I am able to view .30cal holes at 300yds and beyond
will truly tell me if this Sub $200 scope is useful for long range shooting. With so many optics being made in the far east these
days, as with most things there is overlap in the production of many products. One factory may churn out products for
several different brands. Each brand my have their own quality standards. Often the same materials used in higher priced
brands can be found in lesser named brands for lower cost. I hope this is the case.
Stay tuned for the range report.