I"m aware that the Zeiss has the better glass of the two. My question is which is the more durable of the two. I'm having a light weight rifle built for long pack trips in some pretty rugged country so I want a scope that will take some abuse should the worst happen. I'm usually very carefull with my guns but sometimes $#it happens. I want to keep it under $1,000 so I think that pretty much rules out a NF. I have yet to have any misfortunes with my Leupolds but I would like to set this rifle up anticipating the worst. The scopes in question would be the Conquest and the VX-3 LR. Any comments or opinions are appreciated. I've been told that the Ziess offers 18 moa in one turret revolution. Is there any merrit to this? Thanks again!